Michael Hillinger is a Senior Research Scientist at the Learning Technologies Research Institute at the National Center , Norwich University. Prior to Norwich he was founder and principal of Lexicon Systems. Dr. Hillinger has extensive background researching and developing innovative methods of using technology and instruction. Links to some of his work may be found here.
CO2FX: A case study in integrating instructional and game design.
Games are wonderful tools for learning and motivation.
Yet before schools begin to seriously use games for instruction they need
to be assured that the games have a sound pedagogical foundation, cover
relevant topics in their curricula, and have some evidence of educational
efficacy. Such restrictions do not have to lead to lifeless instructional
materials. In this program, the goal was to create an environment that
presented the complex issues in global climate change within a game that
encouraged communication and cooperative learning. In CO2FX,
students assume the role of policy, economic, or science advisor in 1960
Brazil. Working together on budgets and other factors they must guide
development over the next 100 years to balance many different factors
to reduce emissions of CO2.