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Welcome our newest member:
Welcome to the Games Based Learning MOOC
The Summer Games MOOCs is start up at noon on June 3, 2013!
Prepare to be immersed. We'll be exploring multi-player games, MMORPGs, sandbox genre games and virtual worlds.
If you'd like more information about the Summer Games MOOC please click here.
Jade Forest I by Center4EduPunx, on Flickr
Overview of the Games MOOC
This open course is designed for educators who want to learn more about games, simulations and game-like environments for education.
It is designed for all levels of participation. We are using the matrix from Dr. Lisa Dawley's Social Network Knowledge Construction as the model for the course.
So feel free to participate at whichever level you want.
1) Identifying Network Opportunities
We understand that certain weeks may be of more interest to you than others, so please feel free to vary your participation week by week. It is also totally acceptable to start during Week 2 - Characters and Communities or Week 3 - Build Your Guild. That's what an open course is - open! Your facilitators are passionate about their topics and do want to share and collaborate openly in a non-institutional fashion.
If you haven't done a MOOC or an Open Course before you can get an overview by watching the video here.To optimize your experience, we suggest you do the readings, participate in discussions, field trips and that you share through the journal, videos/screencaptures, screenshots and on your own blogs and sites.
A cMOOC (We may not be massive - but we are mighty!) is based on the educational theory of connectivism. So it's not just about you as a learner but also about the whole community, which is something that is integral to gaming, the gaming community and concept of a guild. If you are not already networked into a learning community or a gaming community, we hope this course will help you. Don't go it alone! Pose questions, answer questions, agree, disagree and then go do more research. And we're just talking about the game play!
To get a better idea of how to make the most of a MOOC, please watch the video below:
What is a MOOC? Here's a link to an introductory video.
To get started in this course please go to Getting Started.
We will be doing a "Build Your Guild" badge. We will also be making a Machinima. But, both of these activities are totally optional.
We will continue to give out awards this iteration and you can take a look at our award winners here!