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Sat, Feb 23, 2008

Virtual Conflict Resolution: Turning Swords Into Plowshares

image The 2007-08 Digital Media and Learning Competition, administered by HASTAC and supported by the MacArthur Foundation, just announced the award-winning projects. From a field of over 1,000 applications, seven projects won Innovation awards of $100,000 or $238,000. There is a great deal of creativity demonstrated in these projects that readers of this blog may appreciate. Of particular interest is the award going to an initiative called Virtual Conflict Resolution: Turning Swords to Plowshares. This project is developing a digital humanitarian assistance game that creates a learning environment for young people studying public policy and international relations. The game will be developed by repurposing an existing military simulation platform (America’s Army) into a tool for humanitarian training. Learning within the game will focus on leadership skills, cultural awareness, problem solving, and adaptive thinking—all of which are necessary to coordinate international humanitarian assistance for natural disaster relief. We’ll want to keep an eye on their progress.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2008 02 23 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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