Can Students Learn History by Playing Assassin’s Creed? An Exploratory Study of 329 High School Students

Karsenti, T. (2019). Can Students Learn History by Playing Assassin’s Creed? Montreal: CRIFPE; ISBN: 978-2-923808-88-9

27 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2020

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Thierry Karsenti

University of Montreal

Julien Bugmann

University of Montreal

Simon Parent

University of Montreal

Date Written: March 28, 2019

Abstract

Who would have dreamed that a video game would storm the gates of our schools? Today, Assassin’s Creed (Ubisoft) is in widespread use as a teaching tool, and spurred by this thriving trend, a specialized educational version is due for release.

Despite the steady rise in the use of gaming for learning and the growing social acceptability of gaming as a mainstream pastime, it seemed beyond belief that education would actually fall in sync with the passionate digitally of today’s students. Is gaming the next key to learning? Can gaming propel the acquisition of learning processes? More to the point, when the vast majority of youth play video games regularly or obsessively, neglecting this pervasive medium would constitute a colossal missed opportunity. But we must ask, is the game worth the candle?

Keywords: education, history, video games, students

Suggested Citation

Karsenti, Thierry and Bugmann, Julien and Parent, Simon, Can Students Learn History by Playing Assassin’s Creed? An Exploratory Study of 329 High School Students (March 28, 2019). Karsenti, T. (2019). Can Students Learn History by Playing Assassin’s Creed? Montreal: CRIFPE; ISBN: 978-2-923808-88-9 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3361749

Thierry Karsenti (Contact Author)

University of Montreal ( email )

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Canada

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Julien Bugmann

University of Montreal ( email )

C.P. 6128 succursale Centre-ville
Montreal, Quebec H3C 3J7
Canada

Simon Parent

University of Montreal

C.P. 6128 succursale Centre-ville
Montreal, Quebec H3C 3J7
Canada

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