Invited Talk (2014/6/26) by Prof. Jie Chi Yang, National Central University, Taiwan


題 目:Digital Games and Language Learning
日 時:2014年6月26日(木)14:45~16:15
場 所:100号館S101室
講演者:Jie Chi Yang, National Central University, Taiwan

Recently, there have been a number of studies applying game-based learning supported by technology into English language learning. Claims have been made that games could increase students’ learning motivation, which is the key to succeed in learning a foreign language. With its main feature of online interactions with the gaming system and the avatars of other players, enabling collaborative exchanges of thoughts, emotions, and ideas among the game players, massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) have been applied into educational environments, particularly in English language learning.

Learner characteristics and cognitive learning outcomes have been identified as the key factors in research on the implementation of games in educational settings. Although previous studies have examined the potential of applying MMORPGs into educational settings, a small number of in-depth studies, investigating the relationship between prior ability and learner cognitive learning outcomes, are reported in the literature regarding English language learning.

This talk presents a virtual learning environment by utilizing an MMORPG-based instruction in an English lesson. It was to examine how the learners’ prior ability, naming different levels of online gaming experience, affected learners’ cognitive learning outcomes. The purpose of this study was to investigate the learning effectiveness of knowledge acquisition after playing the proposed game and to discover whether there are significant differences in the effectiveness of learning with the game between experienced learners and inexperienced learners with regard to online gaming experience.

Dr. Jie-Chi Yang received his Ph.D. degree in Department of Human System Science from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, in 2000. He is currently the Professor and the Head of the Graduate Institute of Network Learning Technology at National Central University, Taiwan. His research interests include computer assisted language learning, digital game-based learning, mobile learning, web-based learning, natural language processing, and multimedia technologies. He is working on the design, development, and evaluation of interactive learning environments by using advanced technologies, aiming to enhance language learning and science learning. He has authored more than thirty peer-reviewed journals on these topics and served on the program and organizing committees of various international workshops and conferences. He received the Ta-You Wu Memorial Award (Young Outstanding Researcher Award) from the National Science Council, Taiwan in 2009, and the Outstanding Research Award from the National Central University in 2009 and 2010. He was also appointed as Distinguished Professor at the National Central University in 2010.

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