Learning-by-Doing: GuitarBots

Yesterday, I wrote about how most “learning-by-doing” is really is actually “learning-by-doing-something-really-similar-to-what-you-ultimately-want-to-do.” This is the a post in a series where I explore games and online learning that incorporate authentic practice. GuitarBots is an online game where you learn to play the guitar by playing the guitar. Unlike similar systems, you can use any guitar,

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Games that require you to do exactly what you’re learning to do

Most “learning-by-doing” is actually “learning-by-doing-something-really-similar-to-what-you-ultimately-want-to-do.” This isn’t horrible, but it is different. For example, I’ve designed and built many online modules that focus on interacting with people. Typically, the user clicks what they want to do/say and sees the results through immediate and/or delayed feedback. If the choices take into account best practices and tempting

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