Applied Learning Environments

ALEs Definitions

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  • An ALE is any simulated environment designed to engage participants in active/applied learning to achieve specific learning objectives.
  • Applied Learning is an educational approach that focuses on the application of learned skills, theories, methods, etc. (learning by doing)
  • Serious Games are a type of ALE, and are games whose primary purpose is education rather than entertainment.
  • Gamification is the use of game strategies and mechanics in a non-game context to better engage participants (e.g., keeping score and awarding points for tasks such as filling out your timesheet or completing annual training). 

Definitions of ALEs