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Journal Issue
Volume 10 Issue 2, Special ECGBL Issue / Jul 2012  pp159‑256

Editor: Dimitris Gouscos

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Framing the Adoption of Serious Games in Formal Education  pp159‑171

Sylvester Arnab, Riccardo Berta, Jeffrey Earp, Sara de Freitas, Maria Popescu, Margarida Romero, Ioana Stanescu, Mireia Usart

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Inferring a Learner´s Cognitive, Motivational and Emotional State in a Digital Educational Game  pp172‑184

Michael Bedek, Paul Seitlinger, Simone Kopeinik, Dietrich Albert

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Becoming Chemists through Game‑based Inquiry Learning: The Case of Legends of Alkhimia  pp185‑198

Yam San Chee, Kim Chwee Daniel Tan

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Playing in School or at Home? An Exploration of the Effects of Context on Educational Game Experience  pp199‑208

Frederik De Grove, Jan Van Looy, Joyce Neys, Jeroen Jansz

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Sustainability Learning through Gaming: An Exploratory Study  pp209‑222

Carlo Fabricatore, Ximena López

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Leadership in MMOGs: A Field of Research on Virtual Teams  pp223‑234

Sofia Mysirlaki, Fotini Paraskeva

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Abstract

As our need for collaboration constantly grows, new tools have emerged to connect us in social networks, supporting the development of online communities, such as online games and virtual worlds. MMOGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Games) and MMORPGs ( Massively Multiplayer Online Role‑Playing Games) are complex systems, in which players are self‑organized and collaborate in guilds; constantly improve to remain competitive, visioning the enemys and guilds reaction. Nevertheless, these are considered to be important leadership skills for the real world, revealing multiple similarities that link the gaming world and the real world. However, despite the significant amount of educational research and the growing interest of the scientific community in MM OGs, there is a lack of empirical research considering the cognitive and social aspects of these games. This paper outlines the theoretical rationale behind a doctoral research project which is currently in progress and examines the leadership skills that can be developed in a self‑organized community of MMOGs. The main questions that this project attempts to address are: What characteristics related to the social nature of MMOGs activate leadership skills? What MMOGs can teach us about the design of succ essful online social spaces and activities for teaching leadership skills in virtual teams? In order to address these issues, this paper presents a theoretical framework for analyzing the social interactions in multiplayer games, within the context of com munity of practice, connectivism, self‑organization and activity theory. This framework aims at examining the creation of communities and the development of leadership skills in MMOGs, in order to explore the role of leadership in these virtual teams. The study of the social structures of a group and the leadership skills that can be developed in a MMOG should result to specific design principles that could be used as design methods for developing effective collaborative environments for virtual teams. 

 

Keywords: MMOGs, MMORPGs, leadership, virtual teams, activity theory, connectivism, self-organization, communities of practice

 

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Students Constructionist Game Modelling Activities as Part of Inquiry Learning Processes  pp235‑248

Zacharoula Smyrnaiou, Moustaki Foteini, Chronis Kynigos

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The place of game‑based learning in an age of austerity  pp249‑256

Nicola Whitton

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