Games That Teach CS 328

This is the official course website for Games That Teach, CS 328, taught by Ira Fay and Tim Zimmerman at Hampshire College in Spring 2017.

Basic Info

The most important documents for this class are the syllabus and weekly schedule. They contain useful information, and you are expected to know what they contain.

Class Sessions: Mondays and Wednesdays 2:30pm - 3:50pm, FPH 101
Professors: Ira Fay, (413) 559-6844, ASH 216, Tim Zimmerman, (413) 559-6621, ASH 136,
Office Hours:
Ira: By appointment. A sign up sheet is available digitally.
Tim: Tues 2-4pm; Wed 10a-12p. You must sign up at
Course Email List:


Please see the weekly schedule for details about due dates. Links to the readings are available below. If you have other suggestions for readings, please email Ira and Tim!

Reading 01 - Innovating pedagogy 2016 (pages 7-11)
Reading 02 - How People Learn, Chapter 1
You can download the full PDF for free at this link.

Reading 03 - Wiggins & McTighe 2005 - Intro Chapter 1 UbD.pdf
Understanding by Design, Introduction and Chapter 1 (Backward Design)

Reading 04 - Annetta Minogue et al 2009.pdf
Investigating the impact of video games on high school students' engagement and learning about genetics

Reading 05 - Clark et al, IJ of STEM Ed 2015.pdf
Disciplinary integration of digital games for science learning

Reading 06 - Gaydos ER 2015.pdf
Seriously Considering Design in Educational Games

Reading 07 - O'Rourke et al CHI 2014 - games rewards mindset.pdf
Brain Points: A Growth Mindset Incentive Structure Boosts Persistence in an Educational Game

Reading 08 - Prestopnik & Crowston ACM 2012.pdf
Purposeful Gaming & Socio-Computational Systems: A Citizen Science Design Case

Reading 09 - Young et al RER 2012 - games for ed review.pdf
Our Princess is in Another Castle: A Review of Trends in Serious Gaming for Education


Project details will be posted here when they are available.

Project 1

Project 2
Project 2 Teams
Pitch Presentation (find your slide and edit it!)
Project 2 Preferences (find your code letter and fill in your column!)

Supplemental Readings

We will put all the supplemental readings in this shared folder.

Useful Links

Advice to Future Educational Game Designers

Handouts Folder

Analog Game Supplies (ask Ira for what you need)

Bonus Info

Email Lists
If you want to know about Game Development at Hampshire and in the Five Colleges, join the Game Development email list. You may also want to join the Game Jobs or Game Jam email lists. Programmers might want to join the Computer Science list, and artists might want to join the Animation list. In fact, you might just want to browse all the lists at Hampshire and find lists that appeal to you.

Game Library
We are fortunate that the Hampshire library has an ever-growing collection of board games and digital games. Students, staff, and faculty members have access to this great resource. Please make use of it, and feel free to give feedback to Ira on your experience.

GlowLime Games
GlowLime Games is a student group focused on facilitating game development among students in the Five College area. They are an amazing resource, and anyone interested in game development should check them out. You can pitch your own ideas and/or contribute to other games.

Pioneer Valley Game Developers (PVGD)
The Pioneer Valley Game Developers (PVGD) meetup group is another great resource and community for game developers in the area.

The Quarters
The Quarters is an incredible arcade + restaurant. They have my full support, and their food is excellent and reasonably priced. If anyone beats my high score on Arkanoid, please let me know.

Game Gatherings

Game Stores
For some projects or just general fun, it may be useful for you to be aware of nearby boardgame stores.

Previous Survey Links

Welcome Survey

Project 1 Post Survey

Final Survey