March 31, 2020

Keeping at-home education fun through online, video games

online-games Online and video games allow parents to get creative with their child’s education during school closures as a result of COVID-19. (Hello Lightbulb/Unsplash) Download image

WHAT: Parents are facing fluid plans for their child’s education as the large majority of schools in the nation closed into April are facing still-rising coronavirus case numbers.

EXPERT: William Watson, an associate professor in learning design and technology and director of the Purdue Center for Serious Games and Learning in Virtual Environments in the College of Education, can talk how to incorporate game-oriented learning activities at home while families remain in various levels of isolation due to the outbreak.

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QUOTE:  “While stressful, this outbreak is providing the opportunity to access online learning opportunities from home, including those that incorporate games, gamification and the making of games to supplement a child’s learning long-term. There are a great variety of high-quality resources to support learning for children both young and old, many of them free. Parents would also benefit from understanding how to differentiate levels of quality in such resources.”


  • Watson was nominated and selected as one of the Center for Digital Education’s Top 30 Technologists, Transformers, and Trailblazers for 2015.
  • Watson was recognized with a 2018 Purdue Online Innovative Course Design and Use of Technology award for leading the integration of digital badges for assessing online master’s students’ demonstration of professional learning design and technology competencies. The program received a 2019 University Professional and Continuing Education Association Outstanding Program: Credit Award.

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Writer: Brian Huchel, Working remotely but will provide immediate response.

Source: William Watson, In addition to phone interviews, the professor is available for Skype, Zoom and WebEx interviews.


Note to Journalists: A photo of William Watson, as well as a stock photo, are available on Google Drive.

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