I've always been a gamer playing pretty much anything I could access. Growing up I played a lot of games: card games, board games, D&D, organized and intramural sports, and worshiped at the altars / consoles of Atari, NES, and EA Sports.
I've always sought immersive environments not just in games but also in books as well. I think I'm powerless to the charms of flow and fiero wherever they may be found. My professional and personal experiences have all tied around Technology, Education, and Entrepreneurship.
I am an Associate Dean for Career and Technical Education for CCCOnline and teach primarily Accounting, Business and Multimedia Graphic Design (MGD). In my spare time, I work with several of the facilitators of this MOOC to search and implement new technologies in education.
While having a presence in Second Life and Open Sim, I'm currently immersed in World of Warcraft where I serve as the main raid tank for several guilds. I'm also the guild master for the Horde guild Inevitable Betrayal, which is a group of educators that I've worked with on current and past collaborative projects.
For the past year, I've worked with a group of faculty from 2 community colleges to develop Intro to Business and Intro to Macroeconomics Curriculum that utilizes the economy and business aspects of World of Warcraft. Once completed and tested, this curriculum will be accessible via Open Source licensing.
Lastly, for the next 18 months, I'll also be leading a group of faculty to explore, run, and evaluate Hackathons. The purpose of the Hackathon project is to identify and implement best practices of Hackathon events into online, hybrid, and traditional classrooms to improve student performance and retention.
Always glad to work with you, from years ago when you were just showing us all the "new stuff" at a conference, I was amazed at your foward-thinking, the ability to explain new technology in simple and understandable terms, and, above all being insanely cheerful when doing it. I share your immersive interest in books, I remember as a child reading a book in a day, still do... they took me everywhere from the dusty cattle-trails of Zane Grey to the robotic worlds of Issac Asimov. I look foward to what interesting new adventures you have up your sleeves.
I hear ya: "I've always sought immersive environments not just in games but also in books as well. I think I'm powerless to the charms of flow and fiero wherever they may be found." Yes, we all need more fun and feeling of triumph in our lives. I'm already game-thinking everything!
Recommend any new games beyond WoW that you have played recently? Looking forward to you sharing some game tips (not just for education, either).