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Call for Papers
for a symposium (special issue) issue of
Simulation & Gaming: An International Journal of Theory, Practice, and Research

Mobile games for learning

Guest Editors

Jaki Lilly, Anglia Ruskin University, UK
Christian Kittl, Evolaris Research Lab, Austria
 Uwe Matthias Richter, Anglia Ruskin University, UK

This symposium is one of the outcomes of the first 'Serious Games on the Move International Conference' (23-24 June 2008, Cambridge, UK) jointly organised by INSPIRE at Anglia Ruskin University and the FP6 EU project mGBL (Mobile Game-Based Learning).

The aim of this special issue is to reflect upon, examine and review the use of mobile games for learning, in both formal and informal contexts. How can mobile games effectively and efficiently be embedded in learning programmes? How can the problems of device diversity be bypassed? What is best practice in designing mobile games for learning? Which are truly games and thus the most fun to play? How can the captivating experience that millions of players enjoy with Massive Multiplayer Online (role-playing) Games be transferred to mobile learning games?

This S&G symposium will examine and survey the field of serious games and review which findings can be applied or adapted to the mobile domain (and which cannot), both in formal and informal learning contexts. Authors are invited to report on original research addressing the rigorous evaluation of mobile games for learning in pilot projects and standard operation. Possible topics for contributions include, but are not limited to:

  • Designing to support the development of skills for change, collaboration, innovation.

  • User-trialling prototypes and assessing their impact.

  • Issues in developing cross-platform content.

  • 2D/3D game environments, including virtual worlds.

  • Ethical and legal issues.

  • Cultural and social issues.

in the context of  mobile games for learning.

To be considered for publication, in the first instance send a one- to two-page proposal containing the following items:

  • A working title.

  • Your contact details, including author(s), name(s), affiliation(s), address(es), phone(s), e-mail(s).

  • An outline for the proposed paper, including: title, rationale, objectives, keywords, working plan, short bibliography.

  • Copies of off-prints of previously published papers that might be relevant, to enable the editors to place your proposed article in context.

Deadline:  End of September 2009.

Please send your proposal as a Word document email attachment to both:

jaki DOT lilly AT anglia DOT ac DOT uk

christian DOT kittl AT evolaris DOT net