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#6798644 Oct 03, 2012 at 05:43 PM · Edited over 6 years ago
Guild Officer
354 Posts
Hello There!

This is your introduction. Every hero needs a quest to begin the journey and inspire them when they are in the grips of grinding. So our question for you is:

What is your Quest? or tell us why you have decided to join us in the exploration of games based learning?

Some things to include in your post are:
  • What level of Education are you thinking of using GBL for?
  • What types of games are you thinking about using?
  • How much experience do you have in gaming?
  • What are your expectations of GBL's affect on your students / clients?
  • Are you looking for collaborators?

Please also include your weapons of choice - weapons of mass social media.

Let us know your twitter handle, your blog and any other SoMe that you would like to share.






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#6806456 Oct 05, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Initiate
1 Post
Hi, I am Brookdancer. I used to love running up dry stream beds and enjoy the edginess of staying present, making spontaneous instinctual decisions, and leaping, as such an activity requires.

I plan to integrate GBL in online courses for adults. It feels urgent to me to be able to do this as younger folks come into the field. Seems likely one could get edged out without this skill set, even after being in the field of adult learning for over 20 years. (Or, maybe because of that!)

I need games that help folks research and find data within compliance courses. I'd like games that help people get through any kind of online learning experience with engagement and its resultant retention.

I don't have online GBL experience at all. However, I've been interested in games since Pong, and fondly recall playing it, Pacman, Asteroids, Space Invaders, and the rest of those earliest interactive games. I am avidly playing Words with Friends, and other strategy games, but haven't spent much time yet in virtual worlds. I do have an account and a couple of avatars on Second Life as a way to explore the genre, and have used one of the avatars I customized to spice up a course I've designed.

I love to collaborate, and am kinda stuck as a one-person contributor within two non-profits in Portland.

Blessings, Brookdancer
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#6810092 Oct 06, 2012 at 12:55 PM · Edited over 6 years ago
Consigliere
26 Posts
Hello everyone,

I am an Associate Dean for Career and Technical Education for community college level classes. I also teach Accounting, Business and Multimedia Graphic Design occasionally.

I am part of the advisory board for the Games Mooc. So my quest is to participate at various levels and give feedback to the Lead Instructor for future improvement of the MOOCs.

I've used lots of games in my community college level classes both face to face and online. I've used World of Warcraft, Karma Tycoon, Diner Dash, and many other games. I've always been a gamer starting with Pac Man, Centipede and Galaga and continuing to World of Warcraft, Rift and Second Life. I'm always looking for new ideas and collaborators.

Although I'm a regular participant in the Wednesday Tweetchats, I really do not use Social Media a lot. I occasionally tweet and blog at Center4EduPunx. (http://www.center4edupunx.org)

I also really love the synchronous Thursday hangouts as they are a lot of fun and we've had some great speakers.
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#6810146 Oct 06, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Consigliere
26 Posts
Hello Brookdancer,

In a past career, I've been a Small Business Development Center Director and worked with Continuing Education for Adults. I'm curious as to what types of training you are doing. Sorry the Accountant/ Administrator in me perked up at the mention of compliance. :D

I don' t know if you'll find a game that will provide you with the silver bullet solution, however, I do think you'll find the Gamification week very helpful in your quest. I think that by apply some game mechanics to the classes you teach would be a good fit.





#6806456 brookdancer wrote:

Hi, I am Brookdancer. I used to love running up dry stream beds and enjoy the edginess of staying present, making spontaneous instinctual decisions, and leaping, as such an activity requires.

I plan to integrate GBL in online courses for adults. It feels urgent to me to be able to do this as younger folks come into the field. Seems likely one could get edged out without this skill set, even after being in the field of adult learning for over 20 years. (Or, maybe because of that!)

I need games that help folks research and find data within compliance courses. I'd like games that help people get through any kind of online learning experience with engagement and its resultant retention.

I don't have online GBL experience at all. However, I've been interested in games since Pong, and fondly recall playing it, Pacman, Asteroids, Space Invaders, and the rest of those earliest interactive games. I am avidly playing Words with Friends, and other strategy games, but haven't spent much time yet in virtual worlds. I do have an account and a couple of avatars on Second Life as a way to explore the genre, and have used one of the avatars I customized to spice up a course I've designed.

I love to collaborate, and am kinda stuck as a one-person contributor within two non-profits in Portland.

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#6813440 Oct 07, 2012 at 10:47 AM
Initiate
1 Post
Hi,
I culled my name, ravicius from the longer one I had as an Olympic Games commentator in Latin class light years ago. I have next to no gaming experience but am keen to pick up information as I go along, the word quest was enough to inspire me.

So Quest-wise its about diving into the deep end and seeing how I can use GBL in the Middle School D&T classroom. The design process and concepts lend themselves to gaming systems and I am keen to delve further into that.
Some students were recently designing suspended structures for a viewing platform and had the option to use Minecraft. The energy and interest they showed was extraordinary and has catapulted me into the MOOC zone.
Facebook and twitter are useful and fun for getting information about things that are happening but the information overload can be exhausting, I think it will be more focused on this platform.
I may be lurking, but it will be with intent!
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#6814219 Oct 07, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Initiate
1 Post
Hi All,

I teach at a community college and I truly believe that teaching adults is my vocation. I chose the nickname "SparkleRobi" because my enthusiam for teaching always shows :)

I want to learn more about gaming because I want to make sure I use all the possible teaching strategies to be a better teacher and inspire my students to be better as well. I believe that using games in teaching can be affective because students can learn life-skills and how to apply what they have learned in a safe enviroment.

I have to confess that I don't have much time to play games, but I spend a LOT of my time thinking of activities that transform learning into active participation.
I look forward to learning more about games and how to use them.

I look forward to working and learning from you all :)

SparkleRobi
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#6814911 Oct 07, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Bard
20 Posts
Hello -- I am Exquisite Corpse, a full time faculty at a community college. "Exquisite Corpse" was a writing game played by the surrealists to jump start their creative processes. One form of this game involved each artist writing a word on a length of paper, while only being able to see the last word written and nothing else. The legend holds that one sentence-string read "The exquisite corpse drinks the cup of blood-red wine," so I guess one could say I am here to drink gaming wine and jump start my creative process. I am looking forward to collaborating here with fellow MOOCrs and informing myself further concerning immersive processes for engaging student learning, I am interested in applying for related grant(s).
XQC
Exquisite Corpse
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#6815146 Oct 07, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Initiate
1 Post
Hallo
I am DeeSnow
I have very little experience and am searching for possibilities
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#6815663 Oct 07, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Initiate
4 Posts
Hello Everybody,

I'm happy to be back again for the second part of this MOOC. My name is Stephen Getter. I develop illustrations and animations in Flash, and program games in ActionScript for an early childhood education company called FasTracKids. Games Based Learning aptly describes what I do every day for a living, for children between the ages of 3 and 8 years old.

Since the first part of the MOOC I have been playing EVE online, and building a world in Minecraft. Prior to that I hadn't played any massively online games for ten years. I will try to get some pictures and videos to share with you all.

I also put together a graphic version of my resume at bit.ly/StephenGetter. I include it here in case you want to see an example of the kind of graphics I create and the kind of programming I can do.

I'm happy to share my twitter handle @spgetter, but try not to be disappointed that I am not very diligent about tweeting. I expect to see you all on Tweetchat on Wednesday, though (if that is our schedule again).

Thank you all,

Stephen
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#6816046 Oct 08, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Initiate
2 Posts
G'day I'm mizminh and hope to be able to engage with this MOOC. Have been using games in, with & for learning for ever -decades.

Am keen to learn more -always keen to learn more. Have been fascinated with the rise of gamificaction. Am somewhat of a lurker in these situations but will leap to engage episodically if provoked:-:-)

Am in Australia so may have a time boggle but thatz the way itiz
:-)
mizminh
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#6816150 Oct 08, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Guides
561 Posts
Quest? Learning to do screen capture videos with voice over. Everyone has to start somewhere, this is new-to-me software and my first attempt at it. So bear with me but it is a start! Just want to let everyone know that as guild officers we don't know how to do everything. Check out my Dog Problem in Minecraft! I know it is shaky and not really scripted . . . takes a long time to figure out how to do something that later will seem so simple... learning curves are H*LL.
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#6816835 Oct 08, 2012 at 06:45 AM
Initiate
17 Posts
Hello everyone,

I'm Alina and I'm a PhD student at DCU, Dublin, Ireland. My research is focused on integrating 3DMUVEs into second/foreign language curricula and my students are adults, young adults in particular. I don't have any specific games in mind but I am hoping I will after this course. I'll try to participate as much as possible.
I have no experience in gaming :(, I have been spending quite some time in Second Life though as it is the place where most of my research will take place.

I hope GBL will enrich my students' language learning experience by ensuring the use of the target language in meaningful and motivating ways.

I am Alina Horlescu on FB, will start blogging these days and let you know where :)
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#6817338 Oct 08, 2012 at 09:57 AM · Edited over 6 years ago
Guild Officer
187 Posts
Hi,

I love the variety of educators here, as well as how many different levels of experience! I'm really looking forward to the second iteration of this MOOC (especially some of the material that's been newly develop!).

I introduce myself elsewhere, but I see a couple of my fellow MOOC facilitators have introduced themselvese here, I thought I'd join in as well. Especially as I have a video to share! These are some of my thoughts on how some of Jim Gee's principles (covered in this week's video of his keynote speech at Games for Change, shared at a high rate of speed. Thank you! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zTYMuLRGmo&sns=em

So:
What level of Education are you thinking of using GBL for?
Community college vocational technical courses (graphic design / web design / design)
What types of games are you thinking about using?
Any!
How much experience do you have in gaming?
Lots! (WoW, Minecraft, Assassin's Creed, etc)
What are your expectations of GBL's affect on your students / clients?
More immersion, more participation, disagreements about using games. :-)
Are you looking for collaborators?
Maybe!

-LeeDale
@leedaleshepherd
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#6817566 Oct 08, 2012 at 11:06 AM
Guild Officer
73 Posts
Hello!

My name is Therese Ellis (although, my handle is generally FeistyBrunette). I teach humanities at the community college level and moonlight assisting with customer service, support, and compliance training at a local business.

I'm hoping to integrate GBL for adult learning. My primary interest is in becoming a connected educator. Among my favorite gaming genres are RPG's, mobile games, and strategy games. I have a love for using tabletop games and pc games available through steam, as well. I also have an interest in integrating mobile devices and, eventually, the ouya (once it's released, of course).

I used to work for a video game company as a technical support and customer service rep and that was my big introduction to the gaming industry and subculture. I'm really excited to become a part of this learning community!

You can follow my twitter @thereseellis
Games Based Learning Mooc (gamesMOOC)
FRCC Humanities Instructor
The best combination of technophile and luddite

Twitter @ThereseEllis
Google+ therese.catherine.ellis@gmail.com
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#6817897 Oct 08, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Initiate
1 Post
Hi all! I’m so glad to be here! My name is Caitlin, but I usually game under Morgan.Agathrace.

What level of Education are you thinking of using GBL for?
I’m currently a M.ED candidate and part-time teacher education instructor. I instruct teacher candidates on how to effectively enhance teaching and learning with technology. With that in mind, part of my quest is learning how GBL can be part of this. Also, I am looking forward to how I can implement GBL with any age group. I saw great results (and had great fun) using GBL with reluctant readers and struggling learners in my own tutoring. I can’t wait to learn more that will help me better improve my practice.

What types of games are you thinking about using?
Anything! So far, my use of GBL has focused around me using whatever the students were already using or interested in using. I’m always open to new ideas :)

How much experience do you have in gaming?
I have been gaming myself since I was very young, but unfortunately being immersed in books and research has left me with little time to game myself. I look forward to this MOOC as good reason to fix that problem :)

What are your expectations of GBL’s affect on your students/clients?
My expectation is that it can be an effective way to enhance learning and teaching. This can include various ways, such as promoting an engaging learning environment or providing a meaningful context to learn new skills.

Are you looking for collaborators?
Always :)

I’m looking forward to learning with all of you!
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#6818074 Oct 08, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Initiate
1 Post
Hey guys! I'm a 1st year master's student in civil engineering. As part of my fellowship requirements I go to a local high school in an attempt to get students excited about Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The goal is that when they go to college they will purse a degree in a STEM discipline.

Currently my research team* has spent the last 2 years developing an educational iPad game focusing on water quality issues. This year we have started to develop a second game focusing on maritime transportation and its benefits. Neither of these games are currently on the app store but we hope to have them there eventually.

I hope to use this MOOC as a resource as we continue to develop these games to be used in and out the classroom.

*Our research team consists of Ph.D's and graduate students in the areas of Computer Science, Civil Engineering, Biology, and Education
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#6818408 Oct 08, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Initiate
7 Posts
Hi, I'm from the corporate side of things. I'm an elearning developer and LMS manager, so I'm a geek, but a friendly one. My goal is to help our personnel be successful in their use of technology.

We realize that our LMS is aging and we are looking for a new one that allows us to use social learning and game mechanics. My quest is to provide ways to engage all of our firm in learning, and I really feel that gamification provides this to at least a good portion of our staff, especially those recently joining us. So onboarding is another target for the use of gamificatin.

I enjoy online games of strategy and also learning games I play with my 2 year old grandson on his Kindle ebook (or as he calls it his 'puter).
Your mind is your instrument. Learn to be its master and not its slave.
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#6818470 Oct 08, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Initiate
1 Post
Hi All!

I'm an associate professor of German and Applied Linguistics in northern Illinois. I do a lot of teaching in which I help language teachers incorporate various technologies into their instruction and I do a lot of online teaching in Second Life. The idea of incorporating games into my teaching (or vice versa) is very appealing to me and feels like a natural next step, so I'm going to follow along with this MOOC to see just how it's done.

I have been sporadically involved in gaming over the years, and now find that as my own children are more and more involved in it, that I'm developing a taste for it again. I seem to spend a lot of time installing Minecraft mods these days. :-)

Because my students almost all react positively to our online meetings in SL, I have a feeling that they may be very interested and enthusiastic about the addition of a gaming component.

I am a frequent and enthusiastic user of Facebook and Twitter (@jplagwitz). I have accounts on Google+ and LinkedIn, but don't use them very regularly. Of course, I employ a CMS in my online instruction, so there's a lot of asynchronous online communication going on in my courses.
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#6818638 Oct 08, 2012 at 02:56 PM · Edited over 6 years ago
Initiate
3 Posts
Hello,
My name is Stephanie and I would like to use gaming to make lectures more fun and as review.

•What level of Education are you thinking of using GBL for? I teach physician assistant students at Red Rocks Community college which is a graduate level program.
•What types of games are you thinking about using? I have only used very simple games like jeapordy and who wants to be a millionaire thus far.
•How much experience do you have in gaming? I'm a novice
•What are your expectations of GBL's affect on your students? Better comprehensionof the material.
•Are you looking for collaborators? I'm looking for new ways to teach.

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#6819378 Oct 08, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Initiate
1 Post
Greetings all!

My name is Stefania, I go by Stef and the students call me Ms. P and my I am Polish with yes, fists o' fury. I swear, I use my fists for good.

I am here to find my way through the world of education. This summer I have been researching all about GBL and gamification and I WANT MORE!

What level of Education are you thinking of using GBL for?
Middle School Science (grades 6-8)

What types of games are you thinking about using?
I have no idea. You tell me.

How much experience do you have in gaming?
I was a computer gamer as a kid, mostly with LucasArts adventure games such Monkey Island and Day of the Tentacle. I love board games, especially role-playing or cooperative types. In high school I did a stint with Guild Wars as well.

What are your expectations of GBL's affect on your students / clients?
My main enemy that I battle daily is APATHY, the silent killer.

Social Media...I love Facebook for the sharp wit of those with time to put together images and captions that make me laugh out loud when need be.

My twitter handle is @somekindapolish - I don't use it much but now I feel motivated to try again. I also feel like blogging might be something new that I try this year as well to record this new quest I am starting. Woo!
Ms. P aka Polish Fists o' FURY!
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