Using video games for online student engagement

Play is a fundamental way in which we learn. Long before children encounter formal educational methods, they play, learning new skills and behaviours along the way.

As a formalised style of play, games are well suited to education. They are inherently engaging and have built-in reward structures and variable levels of difficulty. Furthermore, many games encourage cooperation, group work and the development of communication and problem-solving skills. For these reasons, games are used extensively in early years education.

However, their use in further and higher education is much rarer. While we see examples of gamification (using game elements in a non-game setting), actual games are scarce. Significantly, games are often perceived as juvenile pursuits, inappropriate for adult learners. There is also a lack of an established pedagogy and a much smaller library of specifically designed learning games aimed at older learners.

However, there are many opportunities to use games

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A Second Student Loan Servicer Quits, Adding To Potential Chaos For Borrowers

Less than two weeks after a major student loan servicing shakeup, yet another U.S. Department of Education student loan servicer is calling it quits.

Granite State Management and Resources, which handles over a million student loan borrower accounts, announced that it will suspend its student loan servicing operations for the Department of Education by the end of the year.

“Yesterday, officials from Granite State Management and Resources notified leadership at the U.S. Department of Education office of Federal Student Aid that Granite State will leave the federal student loan servicing program by Dec. 31, 2021,” said Federal Student Aid Chief Operating Officer Richard Cordray

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Springfield school formerly known as Sabis International Charter claims it no longer has access to student records

SPRINGFIELD — The school formerly known as Sabis International Charter School has lost access to student records, emails and other software, trustees president Atu White said Thursday.

The lockout is apparently a result of trustees’ decision the night before to effectively end their relationship with Springfield Education Management LLC, the local representative of the international Sabis education network.

White said the school’s administrators and teachers do not have access to student records, which include everything from grades and class schedules to emergency contact information.

“As of 9 p.m. on Wednesday night, even before the meeting had adjourned, we did not have access to our student records. I left the school around 3:30 p.m. today and there was still no access,” White said.

Summer school is in session and those records are necessary, White said.

“If a parent calls and asks about how a child tested on something the teacher cannot

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Warren stalls Biden’s higher education pick over student loan policies

Warren and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer have been publicly lobbying Biden for months to use executive action to wipe out $50,000 of student loan debt per borrower. Biden has been dismissive of that idea, though the White House has said it’s still reviewing its options.

But Warren’s hold on the Kvaal nomination is not over the $50,000 student debt cancellation proposal, according to the source. Instead, Warren is seeking concessions on longstanding issues that she’s raised about how the Education Department runs the student loan program.

Warren’s staff is negotiating with the Biden administration about a “range of necessary reforms in higher education including the administration of the student loan program,” the source said.

Earlier this year, Warren called on the Education Department to fire two of the largest companies it hires to collect student loans — Navient and the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency — over what she

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