Accession Number:

ADA431271

Title:

Massive Multiplayer Online Gaming: A Research Framework for Military Training and Education

Descriptive Note:

Final technical rept. Jan-Sep 2004

Corporate Author:

INDIANA UNIV AT BLOOMINGTON

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2005-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

56.0

Abstract:

Massive multiplayer online gaming, first popularized in the entertainment world, is now finding growing interest in education and training environments. The military and business have noted the potential for simulation and gaming technology to develop higher order thinking skills in particular, they see potential in such areas as problem solving, metacognition, and decision making. However, much of the research in this area lags behind the technological advances, focusing on user demographics, attention spans, and perceptual skills, instead of addressing the impact these games might have on players analysis, decision making, and reflection skills. In part, the current body of research represents the interests of the gaming industry, which is more focused on exploiting any new technology to satisfy the attitudes, preferences, and expectations of its users, rather than the interests of education and training. It also reflects the fact that this is an emerging area that suffers from limited research and strategic planning. The report reviews the relevant research literature and proposes 15 primary experiments.

Subject Categories:

  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Computer Systems
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE