We Are The Game Changers: An Open Gaming Literacy Programme

Sylvester Arnab, Luca Morini, Kate Green, Alex Masters, Tyrone Bellamy-Wood

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This paper discusses the first iteration of Game Changers Programme hosted by Coventry University's Disruptive Media Learning Lab (DMLL), an open game design initiative. The Programme had the goal of facilitating new models of teaching and learning, new practices in cross-faculty learning/collaboration to make game design and development more culturally open and accessible to staff, students and the broader informal communities surrounding the University. The paper will discuss the theoretical foundation of the GameChangers Programme, grounded in a conceptualisation of design as a holistic, modular and creative process, and in an ethos of sharing, collaborating and remixing. The paper will present the outline of the Course and the Community that constituted the core elements of the Programme, and discuss a plural showcase of a variety of outcomes from the GameChangers Community, focusing on the Programme's cultural impact and on how the Programme as a whole disrupted established notions of game based pedagogy, and the customary hierarchical relations between producers and users of learning games.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-62
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Game-Based Learning
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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