Epistemic game design for democratic and media education

Jeremy Stoddard, Kimberly Rodriguez, Mason Raynermhrayner, Zachari Swiecki, David Williamson Shaffer

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This paper applies the concept of epistemic games (Shaffer, 2006) as a model for designing PurpleState Solutions. PurpleState, a Virtual Internship simulation, utilizes the concepts of epistemic frames and communities of practice as models for learning in media and democratic education. PurpleState places students in the roles of interns at a strategic communications firm who are hired to develop a media campaign on a proposed fictitious state level “fracking” ban. This design-based research project utilized a team of contributors for the design and pilot of the project. Using epistemic frames based on the professional practices of strategic communications consultants provides a dynamic and authentic model for simulations that promote the skills, knowledge, and values for active democratic citizenship.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMaking a Difference: Prioritizing Equity and Access in CSCL
Subtitle of host publication12th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) 2017
EditorsBrian K. Smith, Marcela Borge, Emma Mercier, Kyu Yon Lim
Place of PublicationPhiladelphia PA USA
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9780990355021
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventComputer Supported Collaborative Learning 2017 - Philadelphia, United States of America
Duration: 18 Jun 201722 Jun 2017
Conference number: 12th
https://cscl17.wordpress.com (Website)

Publication series

NameComputer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
ISSN (Electronic)1573-4552


ConferenceComputer Supported Collaborative Learning 2017
Abbreviated titleCSCL 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
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