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#7542716 Mar 18, 2013 at 08:20 AM
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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. :D

Let us know your twitter handle, your blog and any other SoMe that you would like to share.
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#7543771 Mar 18, 2013 at 12:38 PM
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My motivation in this quest is curiousity. I am not a gamer, not even much of a techy, don't like Facebook, don't do Twitter. BUT I am an instructional designer for an online higher program and I am invested in designing the best educational opportunities for students. So I'd like to learn more about how to create engaging learning environments.
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#7543981 Mar 18, 2013 at 01:17 PM
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Hi all!

I'm a master's student in e-Learning Pedagogy here in Portugal, and I have a fond interest in gaming, although I'm not an active gamer as I used to be back in the nineties. I sometimes play some strategy games (all time favourites are Sid Meyer0s Colonization and the Europa Universalis series).
I always recognized the value of games in education (I'm a teacher of Portuguese and English as well), but never really used them much in practice. Now I'm focused in adult and higher education and have come to realize that there is a lot to the concept of gamification that should be present in the learning process. Hence here I am, in a quest for enlightenment.
I'm active in twitter (@jpbourbon), facebook (www.facebook.com/jpbourbon), g+ (jpbourbon@gmail.com), linkedin (jpbourbon@gmail.com), delicious (jpbourbon) and hava a blog (elearningon.wordpress.com) that started as the master's journal and eportfolio but is multipurpose.
Apart from being a teacher (actually nowadays I'm a portuguese online instructor at Berlitz), I'm also a translator and have developed some nice skill in web development.
I'm sure this will be a great experience, and I'm very excited to take part in this MOOC, which will be my second MOOC experience :)

Cheers!
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#7544126 Mar 18, 2013 at 01:54 PM · Edited 8 years ago
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I am an instructional designer and I am on the same page with Reba. My motivation for this course is curiosity. I would like to learn more about using games in education and make that connection of how they can be used to enhance learning before they become a distraction. I am not an active gamer but have played several games for fun only, never thinking about "what have I learned from playing this game today?". I am very excited to be in this course and looking forward to the challenges.
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#7544249 Mar 18, 2013 at 02:20 PM
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I am also an Instructional Designer and curious about using games to foster students online learning experiences. I have a B.A. with concentration in Electronic Design and Multimedia, and an M.A. as Technology Specialist. I enjoy playing a variety of games but have not really used any in an education setting. I am looking forward to learning here. :)
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#7544252 Mar 18, 2013 at 02:21 PM · Edited over 7 years ago
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Hail Adventurers!

My quest, you ask? I am about to embark on a most noble quest! Ok, I'm going to be starting PhD work on cognitive aspects of narrative development through gameplay. I've joined this MOOC in order to begin expanding my cranial input beyond paper.

At this point, I'm not sure the degree to which I will be playing in classroom space (as a guide at any rate), but if I am, it will likely be in the second-year range. I'm currently developing a few RP and ARG for possible coursework and upcoming events.

I've been an RPGer since the early 80s and have, over the past several years, begun to involve myself in board game play -- particularly cooperative gameplay with strong narrative content. I've never been much of a videogamer, generally due to time constraints and being manual dexterity challenged and unable to operate a game controller...

Looking forward to the class!

Anyone interested -- I'll be hosting a THATCamp Games in mid April! Register at 2013.thatcampgames.org
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#7544283 Mar 18, 2013 at 02:27 PM
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Greetings!

My name is Kathi Dutton. For the past 8 years, I've been a technical support professional at a 4-year comprehensive college in upstate New York on the shores of Lake Ontario. My primary task is aiding faculty who desire to move course work into the online environment but are still teaching in a traditional face-to-face mode. Prior to this I was a computer operator and accountant.

My undergraduate degree is in Cognitive Science; graduate in Human Computer Interaction.

I'm a solitary gamer who uses gaming as a way to unwind at the end of the day. My quest in life is learning.

Gaming is a natural way to learn. I'm hoping that through this experience I'll be able to help others enhance their students learning through course gaming activities.
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#7544329 Mar 18, 2013 at 02:37 PM · Edited over 8 years ago
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My name is shadow_carp. I do good learning. I play games for a living basically. Don't judge. Pizza and skittles for all. My fav game is League of Legends (if you couldn't tell by the Thresh avatar).
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#7544522 Mar 18, 2013 at 03:12 PM
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Hi guildmembers

Thank you for letting me into your guild. I’m joining this MOOC because I am interested in combining my interest in games with my vocation in leadership studies. I work with upper division undergraduates and graduate students and already try to use immersive experiential education.
I like to goof around with geocaches and I have tried to write a “cart” for Whereigo http://www.wherigo.com using their scripting language and have looked into Earwigo as well. I am very interested in doing more with this. If you are not familiar with Whereigo, it is a way of using a hand held GPS to write stories, challenges or adventures. When you enter a particular area, text or images may come up on your GPS adding information (real or imaginary) to the setting you are in. It’s buggy and undersupported, but it’s a fun idea.
I don’t do much online gaming, though back in the 90’s I did spend quite a bit of time on MUD’s. I believe that the temptation is too great for me to resist and I would have all of my free time sucked away. I do, however, play lots of console games solo or with my kids.
I don’t have a clear picture of what I am hoping to come away with after this course. I sense opportunities and I’m just keeping an open mind. I don't tweet, but I FB.
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#7544761 Mar 18, 2013 at 03:54 PM · Edited over 7 years ago
Herald
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My name is Scott and I am excited for the third iteration of this MOOC. I am the Principal of an inner-city highschool in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I am also working towards my M.Ed. in distance education and instructional design at Athabasca University (the home of the MOOC ;)).

I have applied gbl in the one class I teach this year (secondary) students, but this is just the beginning. My reading in this area has skyrocketed this year because of this MOOC and I am focusing on producing a literature review for publication before the year is out on the topic of using gbl for engagement in secondary classrooms. I am definitely looking to collaborate wherever it makes sense to do so and I am excited to share my experiences.

The best part about this area of study: re-discovering my love of play!

I'm on Twitter at @ScottMeunier, Facebook at ScottCameronMeunier, SecondLife as badbuddha0 or Mael, and on my own blog at scottmeunier.com.

(Also, I totally just finished Borderlands 2 and I am so pumped).

S
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#7544764 Mar 18, 2013 at 03:54 PM · Edited over 8 years ago
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Hi, My name is Darshell. I am a Librarian and Technology Integrator at a Pre-12 school. I also consult on technology integration in education and librarian related topics for local colleges, nonprofits, & schools. I have a BGS in Applied Communications and an MLIS with a concentration/ certification in school librarianship. I would like to use gaming with students & teachers ( for PD). I am not sure whether I am looking to do an app (we are 1:1 iPads in the middle school & use them in lower school) or an augmented reality thing using something like aurasma or what. I have played games since I was a kid- board, card, outdoor, collecovision, early Atari, would have killed for a computer when the first apple came out but alas we were not rich lol, dabbled in D & D, dabbled in WCW & second life etc but just couldn't stick with them, play all kinds of app & computer games, use some games in my classroom like pico firme bago, online jeopardy, museum relay,online educational games made by others etc.. I really want to take it to the next level with educational gaming. I am looking to motivate & engage my students. Collaborators welcome!

My twitter is @darshell , google+ darshell silva, llehsrad on Flickr and darshellsilva on diigo. I am on FB but hardly go on. I have others but too many to go through here & I usually only use them for specific reasons like I made he Flickr account for this course. Oh and I just started a blog for thus course- informationzealot.blogspot.com and I house my student/ PD work at dsilva.pbworks.com .

I am really looking forward to this MOOC!
To each his own game ;)
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#7544830 Mar 18, 2013 at 04:03 PM · Edited 8 years ago
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Hi!

My name is Mike. I teach philosophy and humanities at a community college. I'm not sure why I'm here other than to learn about gaming and how gaming can be applied to my courses. And to have fun. I look forward to participating in this MOOC.

My twitter account is @glassonion624. I rarely use it, but maybe it's time I start doing so.
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#7545363 Mar 18, 2013 at 05:52 PM
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#7543771 Reba wrote:

My motivation in this quest is curiousity. I am not a gamer, not even much of a techy, don't like Facebook, don't do Twitter. BUT I am an instructional designer for an online higher program and I am invested in designing the best educational opportunities for students. So I'd like to learn more about how to create engaging learning environments.



Good for your Reba, the online classes really do have a higher dropout rate or failing grade rate than face-to-face classes, and we need to figure out how to keep them engaged.

I did a simple "bonus project" for my online Anthropology of Religion class, it was ran as a discussion. They did a self-guided field trip, (could do internet if they couldn't go to thrift store, garage sales, used stores or auctions) and identified a RELIGIOUS SYMBOL or ARTIFACT, they then photographed it, researched it and then posted what they had learned about it and how it was used in a religious context. I was surprised, about 90% of them doing the project did go out into the real world then do their research online.
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#7545385 Mar 18, 2013 at 05:58 PM
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#7543981 jpbourbon wrote:

Hi all!

I'm a master's student in e-Learning Pedagogy here in Portugal, and I have a fond interest in gaming, although I'm not an active gamer as I used to be back in the nineties. I sometimes play some strategy games (all time favourites are Sid Meyer0s Colonization and the Europa Universalis series). . . .
Hence here I am, in a quest for enlightenment.
I'm active in twitter (@jpbourbon), facebook (www.facebook.com/jpbourbon), g+ (jpbourbon@gmail.com), linkedin (jpbourbon@gmail.com), delicious (jpbourbon) and hava a blog (elearningon.wordpress.com) that started as the master's journal and eportfolio but is multipurpose.
Cheers!



We do have a tweetchat on Wednesday nights, you should be great in that, it is real time, MDT, so not sure of the time differential, however, you can tweek with the hashtag, and I will check you out on facebook, I am a big facebooker so expect a friend's request :) Good on the blog, I never can get organized enough to do that. So glad to have you join us and I look forward to my interaction with you.
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#7545404 Mar 18, 2013 at 06:03 PM
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#7544126 rs42380 wrote:

I am an instructional designer and I am on the same page with Reba. My motivation for this course is curiosity. I would like to learn more about using games in education and make that connection of how they can be used to enhance learning before they become a distraction. I am not an active gamer but have played several games for fun only, never thinking about "what have I learned from playing this game today?". I am very excited to be in this course and looking forward to the challenges.



I always tell my students that if they learn one thing in my classes it should be to be curious. I think that is why I grasped so hard onto technology regarding computers and what they can do to expand human knowledge and understanding. I remember in 1978 (I had a computer and could hook up at 150-300 bauds) I asked the chair of my department if I could study "the emergence of personal communication over computers: What is the implication for our future?" Ha got turned down on the spot, told that "only person who will use that kind of communication are scientists and engineers." I remind him of that every time I see him. Part of what I am looking at is the idea of digital natives, that the young know everything about searching on the internet, the reality we are finding is that they don't know how to conduct scholarly searches, so perhaps making part of their research part of a game would help them learn the skills they really need.
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#7545455 Mar 18, 2013 at 06:14 PM
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#7544249 IDtechSp wrote:

I am also an Instructional Designer and curious about using games to foster students online learning experiences. I have a B.A. with concentration in Electronic Design and Multimedia, and an M.A. as Technology Specialist. I enjoy playing a variety of games but have not really used any in an education setting. I am looking forward to learning here. :)



Welcome, I keep being under the illusion that it is easier to ad games to your field of study than it is mine (Anthropology) because you have the technical skills, but in reality, I know how humans act, I know subjectively what students will do not what they say they do, that is part of what is great about the MOOC, to combine what we know and make it better for our students. A scavenger hunt is a "game" but also you could make a game of researching something and having to have a journal, a jpg, a book, an internet site, a newspaper, a blog, maybe up to ten different types of references.
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#7545465 Mar 18, 2013 at 06:16 PM
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Greetings all. I'm a Course Designer and LMS Admin in my day job and like to play games in my off time. That includes sports, board games and video games.

What's my quest? That's a good question. I started with GamesMOOC I, but got busy and fizzled out. So, I figured I would try it again. Expect me to be a lurker most of the time though. I figure it's a more realistic expectation for myself. That being said, hopefully, I'll get in more this time around.
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#7545470 Mar 18, 2013 at 06:16 PM
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Currently, I am a PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin - Madison in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. Previously, I was a technology coordinator and facilitator where I developed a GBL curriculum with high school students. Over the course of two years, we had a paperless classroom. My quest is an examination of GBL as assessment at all levels of formal and informal education. I am interested in MUVE's and video games in the classroom.

Personally, I am a big-time gamer (or was before my current program) and I prefer FPS and sims. I build my own pc's, taught tech classes in high school....
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#7545707 Mar 18, 2013 at 07:09 PM
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I play "Gardener" in ForesightEngine games. They are serious/sensemaking games based on structured conversations. My quest orbits structured conversations as learning boundary objects. My project, with Sherry Jones is called QuestMOOC.
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#7545722 Mar 18, 2013 at 07:12 PM
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I'm Al Gonzalez, educatoral for everything online, draconius for gaming (I love dragons).

I teach 6th and 8th grade Science and I am interested in bringing some gaming elements to Science learning for my students.

I would like to use any type of gaming experience because what I want is the level of engagement in Science learning that I see in gaming. I have abolished grades in my classes so I'm ready for gbl because I have found that abolishing grades alone is not enough to engage all my students in learning Science and getting "work" done.

I'm a noob at gamifying my classes but I'm a noob that jumps in and get over my head. While I'm in I do try to open my eyes! :) So last summer I read Lee Sheldon's The Multiplayer Classroom and I've been trying it with all my Science classes. It has not been as successful as I had hoped so I'm here looking for ideas. If I could start a WoW after school club I would, want to start that next year maybe, and this year I have kids in my room at lunch playing MineCraft just for fun.

I've been a gamer since I started playing a dungeon DOS game back in high school on my first computer in the early 1980's and Dungeons and Dragons in high school and college. I've played games such as Civilization III and IV, Total War, Diablo I, II and III, NeverWinter Nights, and WoW. I've tried 1st person shooters but I'm not so good at those.

My blog is at educatoral.com/wordpress
My other webs are at educatoral.com
My Twitter is educatoral
My Facebook page is educatoral
Al Gonzalez
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