In 2011 the Victorian Dept of Education and Early Childhood Development invited 40 schools to participate in games based learning research trials to investigate the impact that serious games, virtual worlds and game development can have when incorporated into target areas of the curriculum.
They have prepared a great video which can be seen here.
The research findings are also published on their website. Overall the results were extrememly positive suggesting that game-based activity is effective when embedded in the curriculum and supported. They found game-based learning allows students to build essential skills such as problem solving, decision making, communication, collaboration, negotiation, team work, creativity, leadership and critical thinking.
The majority of teachers were naturally impressed with the outcomes and hope to continue rolling out the program within their schools.
A great initiative overall by the Victorian DEECD and