Webinar: Occupied Paris

Occupied Paris: Creating Historical Simulation for Foreign Language Learning

Date:  Friday, September 6, 2016

Time: 11:00am PT / 12:00pm MT / 1:00pm CT / 2:00pm ET

Presenter(s):  Terri Nelson, California State University, San Bernadino

Several time periods during the Nazi-occupied Paris are studied using an instructor-created role-playing game (RPG) where upper-division French students take on fictional identities. Underlying this virtual world is an ARIS game where design mechanics scaffold student learning. ARIS is an open-source authoring environment for mobile games, data gathering and interactive story-telling. The presentation will: (1) present the pedagogical choices made in creating the game based on underlying theories of learning, gaming, foreign language acquisition, and moral/ethical development in young adults; (2) demonstrate game play and discuss student reactions in pilot-test groups and (3) give a brief demonstration of the open-source authoring tool, ARIS (http://www.arisgames.org).