University of Tokyo Begins Joint Research With “Edutainment” Company

The University of Tokyo Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies announced a partnership with AEON Fantasy to begin research into video game learning.

AEON is currently promoting an “edutainment” experience, which it hopes to improve with the help of researchers at the University of Tokyo. The self proclaimed “playing and learning” company, comprised of nearly 200 international subsidiaries, namely runs indoor theme parks designed to teach 12-year-olds and younger. 

A survey created by AEON revealed that over 90 percent of parents have anxiety about their children’s time on videogames while around 78 percent reported positive effects like improved concentration.

The joint research aims to develop learning activities for the classroom by targeting popular game titles. An online school is also participating in the study through repeated trials of edutainment curriculums.

Toru Fujimoto, an associate professor at the University of Tokyo, said the research is for the future of higher education as well as child learning.

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