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#6364400 Jul 08, 2012 at 06:09 PM
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Hi Everybody,

My name is Brandon, though I've been known online by the nickname Crim for quite awhile. I'm currently a student pursuing a degree in astronomy. I've worked with Front Range Community College on and off for nearly four years now and my current position is a Teaching Technology Assistant at University of Colorado Boulder. I'm trying to find some faculty support for integrating games into education in several different departments that fall into the college of arts and sciences at CU. I've been lucky to have the benefit of the combined expertise of Kae, Abacus, and LeeDale, as well as to share new experiences with a variety of instructors and students at Front Range Community College.

I've worked with Second Life in the past, helped out at VWBPE several times, and I've even completed and entire term project for a history class I took using Assassin's Creed. Right now I'm working with Minecraft using an educational mod and I've just recently acquired several licenses to beta test Steam for Educators and the Portal 2 Puzzle Maker. I'm also attempting to get a better grasp on OpenSim and hopefully create an island, if only for my current department at CU. My passion is definitely COTS, as I've been an avid console gamer since I got my hands on my first SNES, and I continue to play games while searching for ways to connect them with everything I've learned.

In addition to gaming, I've become quite handy with media and I enjoy multimedia production in a variety of ways. This proves advantageous when it comes time to convince everybody of the value of integrating gaming into their courses. I'm looking forward to seeing what everybody has to say and to contributing my thoughts and experiences to the community here.
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#6365001 Jul 08, 2012 at 09:52 PM
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Hi, nice to see you, you left quite the black hole when you left us for CU. It will be nice to work with you again.
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#6366672 Jul 09, 2012 at 09:41 AM
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Hello Crim,

As a total novice to gaming, I don't know what Steam is although I have it on my computer for whenever I get up the courage to try Civilization. I google Steam with no relevant results. Could you give me a brief explanation.

Also regarding Second Life, over the years I've tried it and even listened to a presentation by George Siemens for a South American audience. However, the learning curve has always kept me from doing much there. As far as navigating is concerned, I always seem to end up flying into an ocean.

Anciana
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#6373907 Jul 10, 2012 at 05:56 PM
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Hi Crim, YOU sir are a lucky young man to be among truly great educational leaders... Know that you are among the bleeding edge of the cutting edge.. in this.

Nice to be with you.

Jack
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#6374660 Jul 10, 2012 at 09:12 PM
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#6366672 anciana wrote:

I google Steam with no relevant results. Could you give me a brief explanation.



Hi anciana! A good place to start in figuring out what I'm talking about is here. Put briefly, Steam is a software distribution system owned by Valve, a game development company. Steam is used to sell, distribute, and implement copy protection on a wide variety of games. Recently Valve announced they would be using Steam to promote educational products, so far it's just the Portal 2 Puzzle Maker in the link above.
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#6383024 Jul 12, 2012 at 04:55 PM
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Hi Crim! I'm in Albany, New York for faculty meetings and commencement celebrations. One of my colleagues here, a real MVP, just won a sizable grant to develop a game to teach writing. I'm so excited about this. As I learn, I'll share. I won't get to be intimately involved, alas, but I'll get to hear all the status reports over the next year or two!

Exciting, right? If I can track him down tonight, I'll find out what he's thinking. We spent our time earlier talking about Chris Ware and Gary Panter. ;)

Beth
Beth Davies-Stofka, Ph.D.
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#7548249 Mar 19, 2013 at 10:19 AM
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#6364400 Crim wrote:

Hi Everybody,

My name is Brandon, though I've been known online by the nickname Crim for quite awhile. I'm currently a student pursuing a degree in astronomy. I've worked with Front Range Community College on and off for nearly four years now and my current position is a Teaching Technology Assistant at University of Colorado Boulder. I'm trying to find some faculty support for integrating games into education in several different departments that fall into the college of arts and sciences at CU. I've been lucky to have the benefit of the combined expertise of Kae, Abacus, and LeeDale, as well as to share new experiences with a variety of instructors and students at Front Range Community College.
here.



Hi Crim, I am well aware of your talents and your ability to help others struggle with media, I remember two years ago, gasp has it been that long, actually it could be three years, that Kae and I took my Chicano Studies into Second Life and they participated in a Global Online Conference in real time. How you managed to get 20 students head-setted up, online, got our slide show functioning for the world to see and made us look a lot more confident than we were is still a miracle to me! I missed you when you moved on and am so glad you are part of this MOOC. Look forward to what you have to say.
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