CHI 2018 Workshop:

Data-Driven Educational Game Design

We seek participants for a one-day CHI workshop titled “Data-Driven Educational Game Design.”  The workshop is intended to bring together CHI specialists, educational game designers, and educational game learning analysts to discuss how to uncover and better understand the affects of games for learning, in terms of engagement, motivation, and learning.  Participants should have either designed and developed an educational game or are experimenting with an existing educational game.  Having done some data analytics work, either qualitative or quantitative, to understand these games is useful, but not essential, to participating in the workshop.  The workshop will start with introductions and game analysis, followed by breakout groups for discussion and brainstorming, followed by reporting back to the larger group regarding methods and approaches for moving the field of educational game analytics forward.  A key outcome of the workshop will be a joint paper that will be written by the workshop participants, one that summarizes the current state-of-the-art in data-driven educational game design and provides recommendations for the way forward.

Interested participants should submit a position paper to the main organizer, Bruce McLaren of Carnegie Mellon University ( The paper should discuss an educational game that you have worked with, or an educational game of interest to you, along with planned or actual efforts to use data-driven design to enhance or redesign that game.  The specific format of the position papers is open; however, the paper should be no more than 3 pages in length with 12-point font.

Note that at least one author of each accepted paper must attend the workshop and all participants must register for both the workshop and at least one day of the conference.


Bruce M. McLaren, Carnegie Mellon University
Jodi Asbell-Clarke, TERC
Jessica Hammer, Carnegie Mellon University

Important Dates:
Paper Submission (up to 3 pages): 2 February 2018
Notification of acceptance: 23 February 2018
Workshop Day: 21 April 2018