I am an instructional designer who is passionate about learning. In fact, I spend a lot of my free time learning from exceptional teachers across the globe. This learning does not take place in a classroom, school or university. I spend my free time learning in games, virtual worlds, the twitterverse and the blogsphere. This is where I learned about flow and fiero which I believe are absolutely necessary for games based learning.
I also learned a tremendous amount from being involved in the Games MOOC. I have to thank Mina ZedWord, missrithany, MagisterP, Chris the Curator, Sam G, and so many of our MOOCers to contributing to my education.
I'm the designer and instructor for the Games MOOC. I have seen deeper learning take place using games and simulations than any other format. I am truly interested in seeing how engagement and immersion can become part of the curriculum. For the past four years along with LeeDale and Abacus, I have been using games and simulations to teach. We have taken students into Second Life, World of Warcraft, War Hammer, Metaplace, Forbidden City and numerous other games. We have also been managing an island and designing simulations in Second Life.
I am a member of an educators' gaming guild, known as Inevitable Betrayal. ( Yes - it is a reference to Firefly). We are a World of Warcraft Horde raiding guild who also does a weekly webinar and Google Hangout tutorial recording entitled Inevitable Instructors. We also have a space in Minecraft, "This Land" and are dipping our toes in Neverwinter and Guild Wars 2.
Along with Peggy Sheehy (Maratsade), Larry Cocco and Abacus, we have started a gaming information hub called G.A.M.E. Gamers Advancing Meaningful Education. We just finished a eight part webinar series called "It Takes A Guild - A Guild of Educators." This hub currently houses the gaming guilds of Cognitive Dissonance, Inevitable Betrayal and information on the rgMOOC.
Well, I’m a gamer girl and I'm ready to get started - so shall we play a game?