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#7545891 Mar 18, 2013 at 07:50 PM · Edited 8 years ago
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Hi, I'm a game-based learning designer at GameTrain Learning, Inc., an educational nonprofit organization that I formed to promote game-based learning in education. Primarily, we are focused on helping teachers integrate games and game-like thinking in their classrooms.

Website: http://www.gametrainlearing.org

--Randall
Game-Based Learning Designer
GameTrain Learning, Inc.
Twitter: http://twitter.com/randyfuj
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#7546198 Mar 18, 2013 at 09:05 PM
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I have been on a journey ...a long a treacherous journey from darkness to light. I have formed a tenuous alliance with some, a sacred bond with others, and a blood pact with those who burn as I do.... You will not see me often...but I will be nearby...watching, listening, and learning.

Be forewarned...
If I see you falter--

I will strike...

I will not go quietly, I will not allow the darkness to win.

I am Maratsade... the Wakener
“Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.”
-Joseph Chilton Pearce
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#7546226 Mar 18, 2013 at 09:17 PM
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Greetings! I am taking this class because I know absolutely nothing about the topic. I teach grad and undergrad online courses in education: administration/reading/technology; as well as science, particularly nutrition and health; and fashion. My quest is information and to see if this is something I really can do. I do enjoy a challenge:) I would like to spice up my classes - hopefully this is just the thing! I will have to unearth my twitter account - I have one, just haven't used it.

Jayne Yenko
Adjunct online instructor
Raintree/Jayne Yenko
Adjunct Online Instructor
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#7546324 Mar 18, 2013 at 09:49 PM
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I grew up in a family that played a lot of board games and card games. My proudest moment was when I beat my dad at Monopoly when he landed on Connecticut Avenue with a hotel on it. We had an Atari system and played text-based games at my dad's work after dinner (Adventure, Mille Borne, Hamurabi, etc.) Later, I spent many hours on SimCity 2000 and Zoo Tycoon.

Most recently, I took over my daughter's World of Warcraft account - I am deeply hooked by the variety of achievements I can pursue and the model for collaborative learning offered by participating in the Inevitable Betrayal guild of educators. This was the game that demonstrated for me a compelling model for 1) differentiated and engaging learning and 2) an amazing professional learning community.

Since my students are ages 9-13, I can't really use WoW with them. I've attended 3D GameLab camps and I love their platform for quest-based learning. Since I don't have enough student accounts with them, I've tried to create quests in our school's learning management system. So far, I've only managed to change the vocabulary: quests instead of assignments, quest points and badges instead of grades. I need to incorporate more choice and more engaging activities for the quests.

I've also learned a lot by participating in the Level Up Book Club, an online book club organized by Jennifer LaGarde and Matthew Winner. Reading Reality is Broken by Jane McGonigal fired me up! (Jennifer and Matthew can attest to my competitive nature, btw.)

Most recently, I've realized that all of my professional conversations about gaming have been with all you wonderful folks online. I have not been as successful at creating a dialog with my colleagues at my school. So I think my quest is to try to use games with my staff for professional development. Once they get hooked on it, I hope it will spread into their instruction.
Kristina Thoennes
Media Coordinator (a.k.a. Library Teacher)
Mooresville Intermediate School, NC

"Never give up, never surrender!" Commander Taggart, Galaxy Quest
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#7546392 Mar 18, 2013 at 10:10 PM
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¡Hola! My name is James T. Abraham. I teach Spanish at Glendale Community College in Arizona. I´ve been exploring GBL for my classes for awhile. In Second Life, I´ve built an immersive, interactive Mexican village with GBL activities sprinkled throughout. To find it, check out Calisto Encinal´s profile (my SL avatar).

My current project is a Maya-themed mystery narrative game that leads students through their study of Spanish. In order to complete tasks in the web-based game, students must study OERs and complete module assessments. My plan is to take the narrative into the virtual world to create a 3D immersive experience.

One little program you might want to check out is http://www.tululoo.com/. It is a game-maker program for HTML5 games. I ran across it a few weeks ago and got lost for a week playing at making my own mini-games. Lots of fun!

I´m looking forward to seeing what else is being done and how GBL can further my own classes and the way that I delivery them.
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#7546655 Mar 18, 2013 at 11:40 PM · Edited over 8 years ago
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Hi James:

What you are doing in your Spanish class sounds very, very cool. Will you be sharing your project here in the near future? I'm quite curious to see how your narrative game teaches Spanish (and the game mechanisms involved for achieving that purpose).

Thanks for sharing http://www.tululoo.com/ (I'm already testing the program to see its potential).

I'll let you know how I fare with Tululoo. ;)


#7546392 jtabraham wrote:

¡Hola! My name is James T. Abraham. I teach Spanish at Glendale Community College in Arizona. I´ve been exploring GBL for my classes for awhile. In Second Life, I´ve built an immersive, interactive Mexican village with GBL activities sprinkled throughout. To find it, check out Calisto Encinal´s profile (my SL avatar).

My current project is a Maya-themed mystery narrative game that leads students through their study of Spanish. In order to complete tasks in the web-based game, students must study OERs and complete module assessments. My plan is to take the narrative into the virtual world to create a 3D immersive experience.

One little program you might want to check out is http://www.tululoo.com/. It is a game-maker program for HTML5 games. I ran across it a few weeks ago and got lost for a week playing at making my own mini-games. Lots of fun!

I´m looking forward to seeing what else is being done and how GBL can further my own classes and the way that I delivery them.

Mind Erasure (aka Sherry Jones)
See my Visual Bio!!
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#7546897 Mar 19, 2013 at 01:19 AM
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Hello - From Oklahoma, USA - My name is Betty Lowrance and I teach Digital Media.

My quest is to learn ways to use game based / virtual education to excite students about learning.

Betty Lowrance - Digital Media instructor at Gordon Cooper Technology Center - www.gctech.edu - Oklahoma . Teach high school students grades 11-12 (secondary) and adult students who have graduated high school (post-secondary).

New to gaming - mostly watch other people play. I hope to learn more about Minecraft and WOW.

i installed Minecraft EDU on the classroom computers. Students like to play Minecraft so much that they arrive early to get extra Minecraft time.

Looking for ways to use virtual education / games to engage students and achieve academic objectives.

Use Twitter to learn, network and collaborate.

Twitter - @dmp_gctc

Second Life - Digi Macbain

Social Media - #SecondLife #gamemooc #gbl #Minecraft #pbl #edchat #ISTE

Educational Interests - Game Based / Virtual Education

Teach Video, Animation, Programming, Game & Graphic Design, App Dev

National Board Certified Teacher - NBCT

Oklahoma - USA
Class website: http://gctechseminole.com/

Twitter: @dmp_gctc :: http://twitter.com/dmp_gctc

Facebook: Digital Media Production http://www.facebook.com/dmpgctc

Facebook Fan Page: Digital Media Production Fan Page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gordon-Cooper-Technology-Center-Digital-Media-Production/171618833739

YouTube: DMP YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/bettyl2008

Google+ & Email: blowrance99@gmail.com
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#7549461 Mar 19, 2013 at 02:02 PM
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My name is Aaron or Coffeechug. I am a gifted education teacher who loves technology and challenging myself. I have joined this MOOC to learn more. I was part of a previous course and loved it. I look forward to learning new things and making use of the info in my classroom.

Check out my class and education thoughts at www.coffeeforthebrain.blogspot.com
Aaron Maurer
Bettendorf School District
ELP Facilitator
Co-Teacher of 4th and 5th Grade ELP
6,7,8 Grade ELP Extensions
Lego Robotics Coach
8th Grade Boys Basketball Coach
http://about.me/coffeechug
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#7549632 Mar 19, 2013 at 02:34 PM
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#7546198 Maratsade wrote:

I have been on a journey ...a long a treacherous journey from darkness to light. I have formed a tenuous alliance with some, a sacred bond with others, and a blood pact with those who burn as I do.... You will not see me often...but I will be nearby...watching, listening, and learning.




Deathwing Down V by Center4EduPunx, on Flickr

So we're talking intense lurking with high possibility of lightening strikes? Great to have you here - already mentioned you, Lucas and Craig and WoW in School Program in a post about games and improving writing.
twitter @kzenovka
www.center4edupunx
Games MOOC Instructor and Designer
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#7549666 Mar 19, 2013 at 02:41 PM
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#7546324 Kamoreo wrote:


Most recently, I've realized that all of my professional conversations about gaming have been with all you wonderful folks online. I have not been as successful at creating a dialog with my colleagues at my school. So I think my quest is to try to use games with my staff for professional development. Once they get hooked on it, I hope it will spread into their instruction.



For PD, may I suggest the Marshmallow Challenge - it's gets them doing something and yes you can totally slip in the terms - fun, flow and fiero. I've adapted the time and rules depending on the audience.

And by the way - great to see you in the MOOC!
twitter @kzenovka
www.center4edupunx
Games MOOC Instructor and Designer
Google + gamesmooc@gmail.com



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#7549698 Mar 19, 2013 at 02:48 PM
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#7549461 coffeechug wrote:

My name is Aaron or Coffeechug. I am a gifted education teacher who loves technology and challenging myself. I have joined this MOOC to learn more. I was part of a previous course and loved it. I look forward to learning new things and making use of the info in my classroom.

Check out my class and education thoughts at www.coffeeforthebrain.blogspot.com



We'd really love to see more Machinima and screenshots! By the way, the reason Coffee has a little trophy on his picture is that he won Machinimist, one of the Games MOOC weekly awards!
twitter @kzenovka
www.center4edupunx
Games MOOC Instructor and Designer
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#7549877 Mar 19, 2013 at 03:20 PM · Edited over 8 years ago
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My name is Tanya. My Second Life name is Dr. Mina ZedWord.

I am a full-time English Instructor at Jacskonville State University. I mainly teach composition and rhetoric, but I also occasionally teach literature survey classes and this summer I'll be piloting our first graphic novel course (yay!).

I have a 10 yo who's a hardcore gamer and a hubby who is a retired hardcore gamer. I'm a gaming noob.

I joined the MOOC because I am currently running a 2nd semester FYC (first-year composition) course that is built around immersive role play. The student response and engagement has been absolutely phenomenal and I plan to teach a second iteration of the class this summer.


Role Playing in Second Life by tasasser, on Flickr

In addition to this course, next Fall I'll be teaching a 1st semester FYC and will have the students write interactive fiction (IF). I've just recently decided to turn the entire class into a multiplayer game using IF that I write and the students play over the course of the term. I'm hoping this MOOC will help me with both designing the "game" and teaching students how to design their games.

My Twitter username is @TanyaSasser and my blog can be found at remixingcollegeenglish.wordpress.com

I'm really excited to meet everyone and learn more about games based learning!

Oh, and my weapon of choice is hacking--I like to repurpose, recycle, and remix old and new pedagogies and technologies, the digital and the analog.
a.k.a. Tanya Sasser
English Instructor
Jacksonville State University
@TanyaSasser
Remixing College English
“I'm trying to free your mind, Neo. But I can only show you the door. You're the one who must walk through it.” ~Morpheus, The Matrix
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#7549916 Mar 19, 2013 at 03:29 PM · Edited over 8 years ago
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Hi everyone!

I'm joining this cMOOC in order to explore "this whole games and learning thing" a bit more. I am an Instructional Designer in higher ed, and have some experience with the literature on games in education, and have even been involved in making some games that were used in classes. I'm hoping to learn and network and play some games and discuss some cool stuff with other people, and have a good time doing it.

Personally I'm very interested in games for foreign language education. I think games as a form of interactive narrative could have a great impact on this field, and I'd love to help make that happen.

As for gaming experience, I used to play games as a tween/teen, but in my later years not so much. I am now in a "rediscovery" phase. I have an OUYA pre-ordered (the wait is maddening!), and have even gotten into RPGs (D&D-style) and board games as well.

I am definitely looking for collaborators. I love working in teams, and generating ideas through group discussion/brainstorming, etc.

Twitter: grizzlybeals
Blog: http://www.itsalljustaride.com/
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#7550354 Mar 19, 2013 at 04:54 PM
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Hello there...my screen name is Dethstrider...but, my friends, family, and colleagues call me Steve.

I have been a gamer all my life. I am what many in the gaming community would call a "grognard". I am familiar with many MMORPG's and other assorted computer based gaming. I have been in guilds, corporations, and clans...all the same concept as what you are perpetuating here. I feel at home. And like the concept!

I am an online faculty training specialist for a local University in my town. I essentially teach teachers how to teach online. Whether it is teaching the mechanics of how to use an online learning system (Blackboard) or the andragogical approaches to online instruction and curriculum design...my "quest" is to find the most creative and efficient means possible to succeed at my job.

I am joining this MOOC to see what "gaming" can bring to the table for online learning. I have always wondered if one couldn't incorporate a "gaming" platform to increase student participation and involvement in the online learning environment. I am very familiar with and use Second Life as a virtual world platform not only for instruction, but also for faculty meetings and faculty development. I figure if a student likes to game...and they can go to school in a game...wouldn't that be downright groovy? With most of the current generation of students growing up on video and computer games...this would be an easy transition for them. Besides, afterwards aren't we all gonna go kill a Mob Boss somewhere? Or at least complete that quest for them iron leggings with +25 endurance?

My weapon of choice: The Cudgel of Creativity

Peace.
Dethstrider

"The bugle sounds, the charge begins...but, on this battlefield no one wins. The smell of acrid smoke and horses breath...as we plunge on into certain death" - Iron Maiden
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#7551568 Mar 19, 2013 at 09:58 PM
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I am interested in trying to gamify my syllabus for an Intro to Interactive Media course I teach at Emerson College, a core course for their MFA in Visual Media Arts. I do a lot with games and gaming in the class and think that this would make a lot of sense.

As for games that I play: I am fond of German-style board games (Settlers of Catan, Puerto Rico, Dominion, Stone Age, Torres, anything by Reiner Knizia, etc.). I have tried my hand at some Xbox 360 games since teaching the grad course (Portal 2, Assassin's Creed, Dante's Inferno) but don't really have the time to follow through and finish any of them (furthest I've gotten is with Game of Thrones, but that's because I'm a fan of the books/HBO series and can't get enough). I have tried a few interactive fiction games (text-based adventure games) and have authored one finished game using the Inform 7 programming language (as well as have a couple in progress).

My expectations of GBL's affects are all that I've heard them to be: increased motivation, engagement, and immersion.

Ways to find me: @rsmyth (twitter); Abaris Brautigan (in Second Life--when I'm on, which is not much because of a very busy First Life!), rsmyth64 (instagram -- doing this a lot lately because I have a new smartphone). I have a couple of blogs: one in my signature, and one that's more general: http://rsmyth.wordpress.com. But these went dormant, more or less, when I started teaching the Emerson course, which keeps me busy while I'm doing it (and recovering or prepping for next round when I'm not....)

Looking forward to being as active as possible, though teaching and parenting (and creating a mini-MOOC for the UnderAcademy College -- http://underacademycollege.wordpress.com -- may keep my participation at a minimum).
____________________________________________________________
Richard Smyth, Ph.D.
http://electrateprofessor.wordpress.com
rsmyth64@yahoo.com

"Perhaps my best years are gone. But I wouldn't want them back. Not with the fire in me now." --Samuel Beckett
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#7556985 Mar 20, 2013 at 08:51 PM
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#7545707 jackpark wrote:

"My quest orbits structured conversations as learning boundary objects. My project, with Sherry Jones is called QuestMOOC."



I am looking to create a game for online community building for the north american simulation and gaming association. I would love to hear more about questmooc and your work with foresight.

Best regards,
Chris
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Twitter: @chris_saeger
Profile: http://www.nasaga.org/profile/chrissaeger
Course Dashboard: http://www.netvibes.com/csaeger#Game_Mooc
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#7557004 Mar 20, 2013 at 08:59 PM
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My name is Chris Saeger, I am excited to be back for another round of gamemooc. This time my quest is to develop a community building game for the north american simulation and gaming association. http://www.nasaga.org

My bio is on my profile page.
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Profile: http://www.nasaga.org/profile/chrissaeger
Course Dashboard: http://www.netvibes.com/csaeger#Game_Mooc
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#7559123 Mar 21, 2013 at 10:14 AM
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#7549461 coffeechug wrote:

My name is Aaron or Coffeechug. I am a gifted education teacher who loves technology and challenging myself. I have joined this MOOC to learn more. I was part of a previous course and loved it. I look forward to learning new things and making use of the info in my classroom.

Check out my class and education thoughts at www.coffeeforthebrain.blogspot.com



Welcome to the mooc, ah, coffeechug, on my sedond. Glad to have you back again, and yes, the idea of using it in the classroom is the mission statement. Have you been able to utilize anything in your class from the past mooc?
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#7559137 Mar 21, 2013 at 10:16 AM
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#7545891 randyfuj wrote:

Hi, I'm a game-based learning designer at GameTrain Learning, Inc., an educational nonprofit organization that I formed to promote game-based learning in education. Primarily, we are focused on helping teachers integrate games and game-like thinking in their classrooms.

Website: http://www.gametrainlearing.org

--Randall



Nice to see someone really putting this to good use. I will be spending time learning more about what you are doing. Your expertise will be so valuable here and I really hope to learn from you as well as you learning from this mooc experience.
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#7559155 Mar 21, 2013 at 10:20 AM
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#7546897 Betty Lowrance wrote:

Hello - From Oklahoma, USA - My name is Betty Lowrance and I teach Digital Media.

My quest is to learn ways to use game based / virtual education to excite students about learning.


Oklahoma - USA



It is interesting that students will come early to get into the games. I am a big MineCraft person, in preparation for the summer MOOC immersion. I know for myself it is frustrating that there isn't an "end game" that there isn't a quest and an adventure, that it is really self-entertainment, if you aren't on a server and are playing alone. However, I think that does make for more actual creative thought and decision making experience and risk taking. Example: Just how close are you willing to get to the lava to scoop some out and did you leave the dogs at home? (smile)
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