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#7548401 Mar 19, 2013 at 10:52 AM
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In real life I am Cherriethel (Cherry) Emerson, and work as a part-time professor at Front Range Community College, teaching Anthropology, Ethnic Studies and sometimes Criminal Justice classes. I also teach a class in Anthropology of Religion for CCCOnline, so I have face-to-face and online experience. I have been interested in games as long as I can remember. I love this MOOC and am working in the third session, I did work in the first two also and will be in the fourth and last one in the summer. It has been quite the ride, ("E-Ticket, actually). INtersting about theat "E-Ticket" as it has come into our vocabulary as an experience that is full of the "Fun, Fire and Fiero" we talk about. Disneyland classified their tickets "E-Ticket" was the most expensive and thus for the most exciting or hint of danger rides. Sally Ride when asked about being on the Space Shuttle said it was an "E-Ticket ride" and we all knew what she meant.

I want to give my students "E-Ticket Rides" while they are learning the course materials. In the Anthropology of Religion class, they are creating their own religion (not as easy as it sounds) then FIVE will be chosen, and receive BADGES, then all of the class will choose one of those to do an ethnography (field study) and FIVE will be chosen to receive BADGES. Thus showing future employers or colleges that they did more than just get a grade in the class. I also let them level up on quizzes and we just had a session on Magic and brought in all the fortune telling devices and "played them." We never did well on the tea leaves.... they wouldn't swish properly. LOL

I look forward to interaction with you all, my real expertise is in figuring out how to make any activity into a game, thus I will be glad to give free advice (and worth every penny) on how you can incorporate your learning materials into some kind of a game activity in your classroom.
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#7549526 Mar 19, 2013 at 02:13 PM · Edited over 8 years ago
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Hello Grasshopper,

I have a great interest in religion, more specifically the commonality that they all relgions point to, and share. My particluar interest has been with Advaita Vedanta (and its Eastern offspring "non-dualism"), as I menion in my introduction.

The task of creating a new religion sounds fascinating. (I am reminded of Bokonism from "Cat's Cradle" by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.)

Your "handle" also reminds me of the David Carradine character in the old Kung Fu TV series.

It is a plesure to meet you here!

Peace,
- Bob Yavits
Bob Yavits
Tompkins Cortland Community College
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#7550601 Mar 19, 2013 at 05:47 PM
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#7549526 byavits wrote:

Hello Grasshopper,

Your "handle" also reminds me of the David Carradine character in the old Kung Fu TV series.

It is a plesure to meet you here!

Peace,
- Bob Yavits



I did think of the Kung Fu series, but in reality my mother always used it in a chastising manner, "You are just like your father, you are a grasshopper, you enjoy life too much, you are going to freeze to death in your old age, you will have nothing saved up." So in the spirit of 'owning what they call you" I chose to take it as my avatar a long time ago. "98" is my old race car number, use to drive stock cars professionally. . . and now you know the rest of the story.
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#7572658 Mar 24, 2013 at 09:07 AM
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Anthropology is fascinating. It was one of my favorite courses. We're in an interesting situation where Gamification and Game Based Learning is spreading across the world and affecting all cultures.

Devnology Podcast 028 - Gamification with Gabe Zichermann discusses how readily some cultures adopt Gamification versus others.
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Michael Finney - "Always Striving To Serve You Better Every Day"
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#7610838 Apr 01, 2013 at 04:20 PM
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Thanks Michael for the link. I am interested in any way to get my students involved in anthropology. This will be great for my class...
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