When it comes to learning math, how much fun you are having is rarely factored into the equation. That isn't to say that game designers have not tried to turn instruction into more engaging material. For instance, there are plenty of educational games on the shelves; unfortunately, very few of them have been shown, through empirical research, to lead to improved learning outcomes, particularly in mathematics. Thanks to a team of researchers from the Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII), this is changing. The team, including HCII faculty Jodi Forlizzi and Bruce McLaren, are publishing data from a two-year NSF project that shows math really can be fun…and having fun can help you learn.

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