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#7559193 Mar 21, 2013 at 10:27 AM
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#7546324 Kamoreo wrote:

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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.



I played games too, lived isolated in eastern Colorado with Grandparents, grandfather taught me the game Pitch and 5-card Stud and we had dominos, chinese checkers, bick up sticks and an Ouija board. Still have that Ouija board at my cabin. I have always been a gamer. I have told others my first "computer game" was Hitchhikker's Guide to the Galaxy which was a text only game.

We have the same quest, it is easier to talk on line in this MOOC than to strike up a conversation with other instructors about gaming. AT least the message is spreading and they don't look at me like the three-headed dog from Hades when I say, "Want to talk about gaming?" Being on the cutting edge, or as someone told me, "the bleeding edge," isn't easy. It is easy to feel like you are plowing the sea, but one must "soldier on," as they say. (AS you can see, as an anthropologist I collect little sayings..."
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#7559282 Mar 21, 2013 at 10:46 AM
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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.



Don't worry, being a gamer isn't a prerequisite :) I really would like to see the online classes be more engaging, it is always a problem, the retention rate isn't as high as we would like in our college and we are working to solve that. I think that adding gaming to the mix helps. I know that in my own class I give a "first poster" badge for discussions, they get nothing but the badge added to my answer and bragging rights, and my undying gratitude :) but they fight to see who can get their answer in first and that gets the discussion going quicker. It's amazing what that little badge has done to encourage posting. Right now I am just using a jpg of a blue first prize ribbon, but a designer is making a real one for me.
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#7559918 Mar 21, 2013 at 12:53 PM
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I'm interested in using GBL for higher education but I'm not sure just yet what types of games since I am on a learning quest. I expect that GBL creates an engaging and challenging learning environment that will replace the same ole text based online courses. I am always looking for collaborators. Thanks for asking.

Yvonne
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#7560409 Mar 21, 2013 at 02:36 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.



Welcome to the MOOC. some introductions are hiding here in answer to Abacus and I wanted to make sure we welcomed you. I am glad to see some of those text based course move out of that dark age and into the multi-media exposure and start using exciting ways of applying gaming to learning.
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#7560424 Mar 21, 2013 at 02:40 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.



Just want to make sure I welcome you to the MOOC, some of the introductions seem to be attached to Abacus as replies. Had to ferret you out :) I agree with the concern about the enhancing of learning without becoming a distraction. I do hear instructors say they have students come in early to play a game (MineCraft was mentioned, and I have heard about others) so when they come in early to play are they learning or playing? Is the content they are accessing teaching them anything? I have a youtube video of my 19 year old granddaughter playing zombies v plants, and i ask her what she is learning and she said "how to kill zombies". . . my point is did she learn anything else?
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#7560457 Mar 21, 2013 at 02:46 PM
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#7544283 kathid wrote:

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.



Just want to make sure I welcome you to the MOOC, some of the introductions seem to be attached to Abacus as replies. Had to ferret you out :) I tend to be a solitary gamer too although I do play some MMORPG, and play in real life Magic the Gathering and Texas Holdem in tournaments. I agree that gaming is a natural way to learn, but the serous educational system tries to beat it out of it, glad to see the way of the future is to put it in again.
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#7560475 Mar 21, 2013 at 02:50 PM
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#7544329 Shadow_Carp wrote:

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).



Ah if you play games for a living, do you gold farm? Nothing wrong with that one of my students is paying his way through college ... I go for the pizza, not fond of skilttles, more an M&M kind of person. I definitely don't judge. I like League of Legends, have seen it some with others playing. So do you like Wizards of the Coast games or are you more of a Blizzard person?
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#7560513 Mar 21, 2013 at 02:57 PM
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#7544522 geol wrote:

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.



Just want to make sure I welcome you to the MOOC, some of the introductions seem to be attached to Abacus as replies. Had to ferret you out :)
That whereigo looks really interesting, I like the idea. I also have friends that geocache and that certainly is a mix of online as well as out in the real world. I have to admit I have to force myself to be a tweeter, I am just not a 140 character type of communicator.
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#7560804 Mar 21, 2013 at 04:00 PM
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#7544761 badbuddha0 wrote:

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



Just want to make sure I welcome you, some of these introductions are posted in response to Abacus. Glad to see you this session, you gave me a run for my money last session just trying to keep up with your posts. You added so much to the class and I expect to learn from you in this one. Hope i can hep you too.
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#7560839 Mar 21, 2013 at 04:05 PM
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#7544764 Lleshrad wrote:

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!



Hi just wanted to make sure I welcomed you to the MOOC as some introductions are listed here in response to Abacus' post. I think it may be easier to get administration to look at gaming in elementary or middle school that college, We have to do a lot of convincing that gaming is learning. I do facebook a lot. I do use Flickr so I can show pictures in the MOOC, don't use it much outside of the mooc, unless loading a photo for one of my classes.
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#7560861 Mar 21, 2013 at 04:10 PM
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#7544830 glassonion wrote:

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.



Hi just wanted to make sure I welcomed you to the MOOC as some introductions are listed here in response to Abacus' post. I am so glad you are here, you might be able to pick up some ideas for your classes. However, I think that your subject matter will be very beneficial for all of us as you can help us understand some of the deeper meaning of the subject matter.
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#7564802 Mar 22, 2013 at 12:14 PM
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#7545465 natewadman wrote:

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.



I am welcoming you here under the Abacus reply, some of the Introductions ended up here instead of the Introduction Forum, didn't want to miss anyone!

No problem with lurker, and that starting and not finishing, I did that with another mooc during our break, though I could keep up but when it is voluntary instead of mandatory it is easier to drop participation, but I KEPT LURKING! I do hope you have participatory time now, these weeks go quick. I do like board games, just got a book of about 30 card and dice games at a thrift store and working through it with the Table Top Games club at my college (I am their advisor). Alas, no gambling allowed... (smile)
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#7564817 Mar 22, 2013 at 12:17 PM
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#7544830 glassonion wrote:

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.



Hi Mike, some of the introductions ended up being replies to Abacus and I wanted to make sure I welcomed you here. As far as twitter, we do have tweetchats every Wednesday evening (see the news announcements) and also the side board on the right... You can lurk or participate. There is a philosophy instructor who works at CSU and FRCC and successfully integrated gaming into his class. I will do more to get his information and post it.
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#7566644 Mar 22, 2013 at 07:21 PM
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I'm a librarian at a community college. I have created some scavenger hunts (paper-based and mobile apps) and other games that I use for library/campus orientation and to teach basic research skills. I signed up for this course mainly to lurk and hopefully get some new ideas. I am especially interested in ARGs.
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#7569693 Mar 23, 2013 at 02:47 PM
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Hi!

I´m Patricio and I want to build the game layer on top of MOOC´s

What level of Education are you thinking of using GBL for? All levels but college and continuing education first.
What types of games are you thinking about using? All, but I can think of simcity, angrybirds, WoW . . . every single game has interesting content that can be used to learn
How much experience do you have in gaming? Game designer, level design and game artist.
What are your expectations of GBL's affect on your students / clients? Make everything more fun and engaging
Are you looking for collaborators? YES everything, game designers, educators everything
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#7579244 Mar 25, 2013 at 04:31 PM · Edited over 7 years ago
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#7569693 Patricio3d wrote:

Hi!

I´m Patricio and I want to build the game layer on top of MOOC´s

What level of Education are you thinking of using GBL for? All levels but college and continuing education first.
What types of games are you thinking about using? All, but I can think of simcity, angrybirds, WoW . . . every single game has interesting content that can be used to learn
How much experience do you have in gaming? Game designer, level design and game artist.
What are your expectations of GBL's affect on your students / clients? Make everything more fun and engaging
Are you looking for collaborators? YES everything, game designers, educators everything



Welcome, some of these introductions got hidden under replies to Abacus, no problem with that but don't want to miss welcoming you to the group!

Glad to have you here and interested in the games, I think it is harder to design for college than say k-8 because we are expected to be scholarly by tradition and not having a lot of fun. (smile) I certainly will look for your posts and be helpful when I can. Look forward to your interaction and questions.
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#7579282 Mar 25, 2013 at 04:37 PM
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#7566644 zarita wrote:

I'm a librarian at a community college. I have created some scavenger hunts (paper-based and mobile apps) and other games that I use for library/campus orientation and to teach basic research skills. I signed up for this course mainly to lurk and hopefully get some new ideas. I am especially interested in ARGs.



Welcome, some of these introductions got hidden under replies to Abacus, no problem with that but don't want to miss welcoming you to the group!

I have some interest in scavenger hunts, since we are a community college with many students coming on buses or private cars or long walks or bicycles, I am really limited on how much Geo-positioning I can really do with a scavenger hunt, I can do one online. WE LOVE lurkers as well as participants! Glad you are here.
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#7579317 Mar 25, 2013 at 04:42 PM
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#7545465 natewadman wrote:

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.



Welcome, some of these introductions got hidden under replies to Abacus, no problem with that but don't want to miss welcoming you to the group! No problem with being a lurker, but hope you can be more active this time around, if not there is the next, we just don't give up!
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#7582515 Mar 26, 2013 at 10:16 AM
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#7545470 kasemontana wrote:

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....



Hi welcome to the MOOC, some of the introductions got kinda buried under an answer to Abacus and I wanted to make sure I welcomed you personally. I love your avatar, they won't let us use animated (gifs) in any of our online classes at my college, something about ADA requirements, but I love them, I had a great one that said "have a beary" nice day, and had a polar bear snoozing with snow softly falling... miss that one. I am a graying technorat and was what was then called the "computer guru" for a high tech manufacturing company back in the mid-1980s where I had to install and teach everyone about computers, have built quite a lot in my time, but never a water cooled one. Those are a little tricky. I am hopeful for paperless in my Face-to-Face classroom and am close to achieving it through our system, Desire2Learn, platform
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#7582566 Mar 26, 2013 at 10:30 AM
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#7544252 bewmaynes wrote:

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



Hi some of the introductions got put in as replies to abacus instead of stand alone, and I wanted to make sure I didn't miss anyone. So if this is your second welcome, well, (smile) lucky you! Welcome to the mooc. I am dyslexic so using those game controllers never comes easy for me, neither does motorcycle riding I might add... but less serious consequences in gaming. The games camp looks really interesting. Thanks for the link.
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