This research paper talks about a term called Heuristic for Understanding Gaming (HUG) but it doesn't say what it actually means by the term. It provides no definition. It only says what the advantages are.

The paper also gives the following diagram.

enter image description here

So, my question is: What does "Heuristics for Understanding" mean here?

Is it a diagram? Is it a flow-chart? Is it a process? Or, something else?

  • 2
    Have you found the definition of heuristics in your research for this? Neat diagram, by the way.
    – livresque
    Commented Aug 26, 2020 at 4:05
  • @livresque, no.
    – user366312
    Commented Aug 26, 2020 at 4:17
  • 1
    You could look it up in a dictionary.
    – Xanne
    Commented Aug 26, 2020 at 5:22
  • @Xanne, I know the meaning of the word "Heuristics".
    – user366312
    Commented Aug 26, 2020 at 5:25
  • Note that the caption of the figure is a heuristic for understanding gaming, not Heuristics for Understanding. So, the question could be clarified by providing the definitions of both heuristic and caption, and saying why those don't help. If they don't, then there is context missing—such as the actual relevant text from the research paper itself. Commented Aug 26, 2020 at 7:35

1 Answer 1


The heuristic is a set of concepts for teachers to understand how the games students play are organized—how they work. The diagram summarizes the heuristic—rules of thumb for the teachers. The idea is that games are structured but allow considerable choice, and in playing them, students acquire knowledge about how complicated structures are put together. The student knowledge of games can be used by the teacher to teach, by analogy, other subjects.

That seems to be what the article is trying to say, whether or not you agree with it.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.