A research team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has won $4.5 million in National Science Foundation grants to study the use of computer games for learning.

"Funding at this scale gives us an unprecedented opportunity to use computer games to teach--and to test what kids have learned--in a new way," says David Williamson Shaffer, a professor of educational psychology in the UW-Madison School of Education and principal investigator on three of the four grants.

The largest of the grants, for $3.5 million, will create a research consortium of three universities to develop technology that will let computers teach real-world problem solving. The


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