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Learn Principles of Ed Tech and Game Design with EdX online MOOC

Posted by Andrew Gardner on

You may be already be familiar with our colleagues at MIT’s Education Arcade and Scheller Teacher Education Programs by playing any one of the three Lure of the Labyrinth math games on GameUp! Perhaps you’ve read their Moving Learning Games Forward in our Games-Based Learning Research. Now, you have the opportunity to work directly with the team that brought us Lure of the Labyrinth and The Radix Endeavor. In early October, the team at MIT will kick off a series of Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) – EdTechX, a series of six-week long MITx online courses on the EdX online learning platform.  

Two of the four courses in the series are now open for registration:

Design and Development of Educational Technology: (Starts October 8, 2014) This project-based course explores educational technologies and the theories underlying their development through interviews with experts in the field. The course culminates with participants developing and presenting a Kickstarter-like pitch. To learn more and register, visit

Introduction to Game Design: (Starts October 22, 2014) A practical introduction to game design and game design concepts, emphasizing the basic tools of game design: paper and digital prototyping, design iteration, and user testing. Course participants will gain early access to Gamblox, a new web-based blocks-based programming tool designed specifically for game prototyping and development. To learn more and register, visit

From theory to application, the EdTech XSeries will help learners understand, design, develop, and implement a variety of educational technology to enhance learning for all. The EdTech XSeries will highlight how education and educational tools are evolving and position participants as thought-leaders and implementers in this fast-growing field. Each of the courses is project-based, incorporates collaborative group as well individual work, self-assessment as well as peer review, and concludes with a culminating project. Each course is taught by an MIT Professor and as is supplemented with interviews in the field with some of the world’s leading experts sharing their insights.

Three levels of registration are available. Participants can audit the course or earn an honor code certificate at no cost. Or, for a nominal fee, participants can receive an ID verified certificate.