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#6362790 Jul 08, 2012 at 11:21 AM · Edited 7 years ago
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Welcome to our MOOC! It's been fun for me to hear all the anticipation in the air over the last month. I hope you're ready to bring games into your classrooms. I'm sure you want to know who I am and why you might pay attention to me!

Who I Am
Well, I don't know who I am! But here's what I do:
1. I chair the Literature, Journalism, and Dev Ed "department" at CCCOnline.
2. I teach subjects in religion and philosophy at Front Range Community College.
3. I teach subjects in cultural studies, world politics, and religion in the Master of Arts program at Excelsior College.
4. I have a modestly successful career as a freelance writer.
5. I am part of a team of abolition educators who use their expertise in education to raise awareness of the scourge of human trafficking.
6. I fanatically follow Major League Baseball.
7. I read a lot of comic books.

Why You Might Pay Attention to Me
(emphasis on might)
1. I've served as a peer reviewer for scholarly journals, reviewing submissions on religion and virtual worlds.
2. I've served as primary advisor on two Master's theses on technology and games in education.
3. I'm a really good collaborator!
Together with a team largely assembled for this MOOC, I have
--hosted the first ever Second Life Comic-Con,
--written a Second Life simulation of the soul's journey as described in the Tibetan Book of the Dead,
--presented it at the Games Education Summit,
--planned a Second Life simulation of the experiences of three contemporary slaves (hope to create it this fall),
--written a book chapter on the uses of Second Life in education that will hit the shelves this fall,
--advised the infamous Botgirl Questi, and
--generally hung out where people are doing cool things with avatars.

Why I Will Listen to You
Odd as it might sound, I firmly believe that everyone is awesome!

See you around the forums,
Beth
Beth Davies-Stofka, Ph.D.
twitter: eirwenes
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#6362810 Jul 08, 2012 at 11:30 AM
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Hi Beth!

Well, your credentials seem to be in order! Thanks for posting, it was beginning to feel a bit lonely in here!
Here's to all the educated people who don't hate games!
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#6363258 Jul 08, 2012 at 01:26 PM
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Well I left my bio a little short, but I teach anthropology, sociology, criminal justice and intro to Chicano studies for FRCC (BCC) and teach for CCCONline in Anthropology. I teach Anthropology of Relgion, always a fun class.
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#6364017 Jul 08, 2012 at 04:30 PM
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That doesn't sound odd at all, Beth! I can vouch for the fact that you think everybody is awesome!
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#6366725 Jul 09, 2012 at 09:53 AM
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Hi Beth,

You have certainly combined a wide range of disparate interests in your life. The past few years I have become quite interested in Humanism and Atheism. I was curious to know if you covered them in your course.

Maryanne
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#6367834 Jul 09, 2012 at 02:22 PM
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Hey, that's just what I need -- someone to vouch for me! Thank you!

:-)

Beth

#6364017 Crim wrote:

That doesn't sound odd at all, Beth! I can vouch for the fact that you think everybody is awesome!

Beth Davies-Stofka, Ph.D.
twitter: eirwenes
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#6367867 Jul 09, 2012 at 02:28 PM
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Not in my courses. There are scholars of religion who define secular humanism and atheism, and even Soviet-style communism as "religions." I'm not in that camp, but they usually make it into the textbooks (well, not Soviet-style communism as much anymore). So much hangs on how you define "religion," and I won't bore you with that debate!

I don't cover them in my courses because of the courses I teach. The closest I come is in my graduate course in Religion in Society and World Politics. That is a course in sociology and what is commonly known as "International Studies," and we do a comparative study of secularism in the US, France, and Turkey. But we're primarily looking at the historical, cultural, and legal influences on the relationships between state institutions and religious institutions.

:-)

Beth

#6366725 anciana wrote:

Hi Beth,

You have certainly combined a wide range of disparate interests in your life. The past few years I have become quite interested in Humanism and Atheism. I was curious to know if you covered them in your course.

Maryanne

Beth Davies-Stofka, Ph.D.
twitter: eirwenes
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#6368707 Jul 09, 2012 at 05:24 PM
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Well Beth, I do believe you can toss some ideas my way. If I were a Shaman I would be taking on Sponge-form right now.
~Neemana
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#6373902 Jul 10, 2012 at 05:55 PM
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Hi Beth, I'm happy to be involved.. I've had very productive learning experience's with Kae and Abbacus in P2PU from being Participant in two of their MOOC's. I really admire and try to keep up with and to stay close to them with their great activities.

Best

Jack
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#6383049 Jul 12, 2012 at 05:00 PM
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LOL Neemana! Anyone can be a sponge. But a Shaman-sponge? That's an amazing thought!

If you were a Shaman-sponge, what do you think your unique power would be?

I figure since your community would need you to heal their ills, assume their sins, and interpret their dreams, you might be a sponge that, when squeezed, would exude a curious and soothing mixture of mescaline and penicillin!

:-)

Beth

#6368707 Neemana wrote:

Well Beth, I do believe you can toss some ideas my way. If I were a Shaman I would be taking on Sponge-form right now.

Beth Davies-Stofka, Ph.D.
twitter: eirwenes
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#6383084 Jul 12, 2012 at 05:06 PM
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Hi Jack! Well, you and I have a lot in common! I too really admire Kae and Abacus, and I too try to stay close to them and be involved in their great activities! Working with them is the closest I can come to feeling truly free to teach in the best way I know how.

:-)

Beth

#6373902 Jack Mosel wrote:

Hi Beth, I'm happy to be involved.. I've had very productive learning experience's with Kae and Abbacus in P2PU from being Participant in two of their MOOC's. I really admire and try to keep up with and to stay close to them with their great activities.

Best

Jack

Beth Davies-Stofka, Ph.D.
twitter: eirwenes
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#7548230 Mar 19, 2013 at 10:16 AM
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Why I Will Listen to You
Odd as it might sound, I firmly believe that everyone is awesome!

See you around the forums,
Beth[/quote_post6362790]

I am so glad to see that you can be in this session of the MOOC, it is GREAT, I so enjoyed working with you in the first session and was sad to see that in the second session your work in the real world took you away from us.

I really have enjoyed the interaction and you have always had follow-up questions that make me think till my head hurts ;) Yes, and you are awesome too!
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