As we grow as a community we want to start to highlight members of the Board Gaming with Education community.
If you would like to be considered as an “Edugamer of the Week,” you can fill out the Google Form here. If you would like to nominate someone as “Edugamer of the Week,” you can send an email to podcast@boardgamingwitheducation and include the name of the person, how we can contact them, and why you want to nominate them.
James is a university lecturer in Japan and he uses game-based learning in his instruction. James has been an awesome contributing member of the Board Gaming with Education community since the podcast first released! Thank you, James, for all your do for game-based learning and games in education!
You can listen to her appearance on the Board Gaming with Education podcast: https://www.boardgamingwitheducation.com/ludic-language-pedagogy/
About James York
James is a lecturer at Tokyo Denki University where he conducts research on the pedagogical application of games for language learning. His current main focus is a curriculum development project using tabletop games as the centerpiece of a task-based language teaching and multiliteracies approach to second language acquisition. James is co-editor of Ludic Language Pedagogy, an open access, open peer-reviewed journal exploring games and play, language and literacies, and teaching. James’s previous projects include the development and management of an online Japanese learning community which utilized Minecraft as the domain for interactive, experiential learning activities.
What are your current favorite top five games?
- Resistance: Avalon
- Two Rooms and a Boom
- Eight-Minute Empire
- The Quiet Year
What advice do you have for someone who would like to incorporate gaming elements in their learning environment?
Improve your game literacy, curate a game library, study language pedagogy and teaching methodology and finally, iterate, iterate, iterate!
Is there a current project or anything you are working on that you would like others to check out?
“LLP is a non-profit project to bring together people and conversations around how best to integrate games and play into language teaching and learning.” Check out Ludic Langauge Pedagogy Journal!