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July 29, 2008

Lester Collaborates on $2.5M Award to Develop Game-based Learning Technologies

Dr. James Lester, associate professor of computer science, along with co-PIs, Hiller Spires, James Minogue, John Nietfeld, have been awarded $2,523,295 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund their joint proposal titled “R&D: Developing Science Problem Solving Skills and Engagement Through Intelligent Game-Based Learning Environments.”

The award will run from August 1, 2008 through July 31, 2011.

Abstract - Despite the great promise offered by game-based learning environments for elementary science education, realizing its potential poses significant technological challenges.  In this project we will develop a full suite of intelligent game-based learning environment technologies for elementary science education.  To promote effective science learning, we will create intelligent game-based learning environment technologies that leverage the rich interactive 3D game environments provided by commercial game engines and the inferential capabilities of intelligent tutoring systems.  We will also provide a comprehensive empirical account of the cognitive processes and results of elementary students interacting with intelligent game-based learning environments for science education.

For more information about Dr. Lester, click here.

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