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#7545799 Mar 18, 2013 at 07:30 PM
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I got hooked by playing Dungeons and Dragons in high school and college. Diablo was reminiscent of D&D so I loved it. Then I got into NeverWinter Nights but nothing got me so addicted and in the zone as WoW (World of Warcraft). I was playing so much that I stopped playing two years ago and am itching to get back into it. I think I'll start again this summer but have to set some guidelines for myself so I don't play all day (or stay up all night) and ignore my family! Yeah, it was that bad. Hey, at least I don't drink. :)
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#7548041 Mar 19, 2013 at 09:28 AM
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Anything fun can become addictive (unfortunately). WoW does have that built-in timer/alarm in the clock and your fellow guildees can help you disengage once in awhile if you ask!

I only tried D&D once, having been raised by a lady from the Bible Belt who was convinced it would result in all kinds of bad things.

WoW gets a little repetitive for me, once in awhile, but that's probably because I'm anti-social in-game most of the time!

What's your favorite playing style? Do you solo? PUG? Battleground?
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#7549236 Mar 19, 2013 at 01:20 PM
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Confession - you'll find a good number of educators who play WoW in this MOOC. It's primarily in two educator gaming guilds - Cognitive Dissonance and Inevitable Betrayal.

There are also rumors of a guild of educators named Arbitrage that goes into high volume realms to study economic factors and guild governance.


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#7550484 Mar 19, 2013 at 05:23 PM
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EducatorAl...

Indeed, WoW can be a time sink. No doubt about it. But, it is a fascinating game and I always wondered how one might be able to "teach" a class "in game". For one, the use of communication tools like Ventrillo or Teamspeak is imperative...though, in game chatting could work in a pinch. The cost of maintaining an account could be prohibitive for some students...though, if we made it a part of their "tuition" that could be managed. But, the whole point of online learning is not to be at a place at a certain time. Online learning is about going to school when you want to go to school...give or take. And in game activities that require cooperative action could be detrimental to that model...though, having a "guild" page like this is a great housing apparatus for information and connectivity...what do you think? Does gaming defeat the purpose of why students choose to go to school online?

Peace.
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#7551468 Mar 19, 2013 at 09:28 PM
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Dethstrider,
Have you seen what Lucas Gillespie and his crowd are doing over at WoW in Schools? http://wowinschool.pbworks.com/w/page/5268731/FrontPage. They have some excellent information over there!

"And in game activities that require cooperative action could be detrimental to that model...though, having a "guild" page like this is a great housing apparatus for information and connectivity...what do you think? Does gaming defeat the purpose of why students choose to go to school online?"

I've heard some instructors and administrators talking about moving back towards synchronous online learning. While I'm not whole-heartedly for that, I understand why. I think, as in gaming, it synchronous meetings and activities will only appeal to some although they could benefit many.

What do others think? Do you think there are too many synchronous activities in most games for them to be useful in education?
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#7551908 Mar 20, 2013 at 12:12 AM
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Oh yes, WoW is also my fave. I had resisted to get back in for a few years, but I am back with the IB guild with some self-monitoring. As Leedale mentioned the in-game alarm and guildies can help disengage.

Curiously, I have been learning new things in WoW compared to when I first started playing the game a few years back. Although I was never a prolific player, I thought I had learned everything there was to playing WoW. The renewed experience of playing with like-minded guildies has been invigorating.

Cheers!

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#7555960 Mar 20, 2013 at 05:03 PM
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Yes that addictive and sometimes I think that you can have some fun blending reality and game, I know my Admiral in startrekonline in real life, and I am an ensign in the game, but in real life I am a professor and they are as student. I used to salute the "Admiral" in the hall, it was our personal joke.

I had to play MineCraft for a lot of hour getting ready for an immersion with instructors, etc., I played long enough that driving down US 287, (I was living in MineCraft in an Arctic Environment, but need cactus for something and they are hard to find) and out of the corner of my eye I saw something and briefly thought "Is that a cactus I need a cactus." and then I had to laugh, don't need a cactus in real life...
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#7562803 Mar 21, 2013 at 11:42 PM
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#7548041 Leedale wrote:

Anything fun can become addictive (unfortunately). WoW does have that built-in timer/alarm in the clock and your fellow guildees can help you disengage once in awhile if you ask!

I only tried D&D once, having been raised by a lady from the Bible Belt who was convinced it would result in all kinds of bad things.

WoW gets a little repetitive for me, once in awhile, but that's probably because I'm anti-social in-game most of the time!

What's your favorite playing style? Do you solo? PUG? Battleground?



I will need help! I never used the timer but I should have.

D&D was fun, esp with good buds who got into it and enjoy it. A college buddy who was our dungeon master played Diablo online and WoW with me whenever we got a chance.

With WoW I mostly soloed, which is why I started with a hunter then a druid. Death knights solo well too. I did have some friends who played so I'd play with them whenever we were all on.

It became tedious starting a new toon because I hated the repetition. Doing a quest once, maybe twice, three times at the most is enough! Getting my level 80 DK to 90 sounds like fun. Starting a panda dude sounds like fun. Leveling up my level 70s, not so much. I did start a wolf dude and a goblin dude but when I finished their unique quests I stopped playing and cancelled my account. I put screen shots of my toons here: http://educatoral.com/educatoral/tomeric_wow.html
Al Gonzalez
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#7562815 Mar 21, 2013 at 11:44 PM
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#7549236 kae wrote:

Confession - you'll find a good number of educators who play WoW in this MOOC. It's primarily in two educator gaming guilds - Cognitive Dissonance and Inevitable Betrayal.

There are also rumors of a guild of educators named Arbitrage that goes into high volume realms to study economic factors and guild governance.



All this is making me want to reactivate my account! But I have to finish my national boards recertification so I'm waiting until the summer! :)
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#7562829 Mar 21, 2013 at 11:49 PM
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#7551908 Fantonelli wrote:

Oh yes, WoW is also my fave. I had resisted to get back in for a few years, but I am back with the IB guild with some self-monitoring. As Leedale mentioned the in-game alarm and guildies can help disengage.

Curiously, I have been learning new things in WoW compared to when I first started playing the game a few years back. Although I was never a prolific player, I thought I had learned everything there was to playing WoW. The renewed experience of playing with like-minded guildies has been invigorating.

Cheers!



Good to know! I just got so obsessed with leveling up and finishing this one quest, then the next, and so on. It's so hard to stop, esp when in the middle of a quest(s).

So you're horde. I was playing a lot horde before I left. Missing my alliance toons.
Al Gonzalez
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#7562834 Mar 21, 2013 at 11:55 PM
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#7550484 Dethstrider wrote:

EducatorAl...

And in game activities that require cooperative action could be detrimental to that model...though, having a "guild" page like this is a great housing apparatus for information and connectivity...what do you think? Does gaming defeat the purpose of why students choose to go to school online?

Peace.



For cooperation, dungeons/raids, you need your team. But there are times when we all just need to level up, on our own. If more than one person is on at the same time they can on each other for help, or not. Maybe just saying hi and getting back to work is enough. While I thoroughly enjoyed playing with others sometimes I just wanted to solo.

So I think gaming for education can be both synchronous and asynchronous.
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#9438243 Apr 28, 2014 at 01:32 AM
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I was playing so much that I stopped playing two years ago and am itching to get back into it.

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