Fabricatore, Carlo and López, Ximena (2014) A Model to Identify Affordances for Game-Based Sustainability Learning. In: Proceedings of the 8th European Conference on Game Based Learning. Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited, Reading, UK, pp. 99-109. ISBN 978-1-910309-55-1

Sustainability learning requires the assimilation of domain-specific knowledge and the development of mindsets suitable to engage in complex system dynamics to foster sustainable action. There is a need for bespoke educational models and practical tools to foster sustainability learning. Digital games can answer such need, due to their remarkable potential to wholly engage players in sustainability-related contexts and problems entailing complex dynamics, and the advantages of intrinsically motivating game-based learning processes. However, there is evidence suggesting that such potential might be underexploited. To address this, in this paper we present a model for the identification and analysis of game-based sustainability learning affordances. Our model can be used to support the selection of games for educational purposes, or to facilitate the planning and introduction of game-based sustainability learning affordances when designing new games.

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