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#7549913 Mar 19, 2013 at 03:28 PM
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I realized today that I put my introduction under MOOC II yesterday. So here it is again :).

Hi, I’m Lotus – in Second Life/SL, Lotus Greene; main toons in World of War/WoW, Lotao (Horde guild, Inevitable Betrayal) and Lotoa (Alliance guild, Cognitive Dissonance).

A year ago about this time, after a long illness my mother died. Her death left a big gap in my life, and I began looking for an interesting diversion. Somehow I came across a MOOC on virtual worlds, games, and education hosted by P2PU (at that point SL was the extent of my virtual world experience). I immediately became engaged. That short MOOC spawned several related short MOOCs culminating, as many of you know, in the first Games MOOC. I’ve been involved in some way ever since – lurking more often than not, but it’s been highly meaningful to me nonetheless. For one thing, the courses introduced me to WoW, which I love; for another, they taught me a lot about game-based learning. In fact, I piloted a GBL course last fall in my Social and Political Philosophy course. During this iteration of Games MOOC, I’ll be thinking about and, I hope, doing some planning for my intro to philosophy course next fall.

Although I retired last May from the University of Wisconsin Colleges (13 two-year liberal arts campuses), I’ve stayed active on my campus in a variety of ways and teach one philosophy course each semester. I love team-teaching whenever possible and am currently co-facilitating, with an English colleague, a 6-credit learning community called Spiritual Journeys that looks at aspects of various world religions from both a philosophical and literary perspective.

One of my quests for this MOOC is to learn more about educational apps, especially those that are generic in the sense of applicable on most smart phones and tablets, not just iPad (e.g., I recently purchased a Kindle Fire HD and joined a UW group called the Mobile Learning Users Group). Another quest is to develop an AR and/or ARG for the fall PHI 101 course, which will be offered in a blended format (half F2F, half online).

I blog occasionally at http://educatinglotus.wordpress.com/, which I use to record some of the things I’m learning as a virtual character and about virtual worlds and learning.

Enjoy!



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#7550524 Mar 19, 2013 at 05:32 PM
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#7549913 Lotus wrote:

I realized today that I put my introduction under MOOC II yesterday. So here it is again :).

One of my quests for this MOOC is to learn more about educational apps, especially those that are generic in the sense of applicable on most smart phones and tablets, not just iPad (e.g., I recently purchased a Kindle Fire HD and joined a UW group called the Mobile Learning Users Group). Another quest is to develop an AR and/or ARG for the fall PHI 101 course, which will be offered in a blended format (half F2F, half online).

I blog occasionally at http://educatinglotus.wordpress.com/, which I use to record some of the things I’m learning as a virtual character and about virtual worlds and learning.

Enjoy!



Don't feel bad about that post under MOOC two, they are to be locked but looks like one slipped through the net, I have to admit I posted a few things there too ... ;)

I am also looking for APPS on smart devices that are pre-built, can't build an app yet I am afraid, and did find one I listed under Favorite APP discussion in this forum. Glad to see you, what a beautiful avatar.
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#7754243 Apr 29, 2013 at 11:01 PM · Edited 8 years ago
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