I’m not much of a traditional gamer. I can work for weeks in trying to prove a mathematical theorem or making a computer program do what I want, but I can’t get engaged in trying to find the secrets for destroying monsters. And I much prefer cooperation to competition.
But my college students, who are preparing to be teachers at all levels, need to know about educational gaming––both games by others that they can use to teach and gamification of their own classrooms.
I have written, or helped write, some educational games. Odysseys2sense is an online forum that is something of a multi–player game for college students. It rewards critical thinking and creative problem solving in any content area. (This is the only “weapon of mass social media” I currently use in my courses.) A game called Salutes! allows my students to salute, anonymously, each others’ strengths. Other games teach individual mathematics topics. I’m working on a game of logical arguments. I prefer games in which players decide how successful they are rather than being judged through points or badges, but I don’t always follow that preference in games I design.
Besides learning more about games for learning, I enrolled in this MOOC because I’ve never taken a MOOC before. Most seem much more into information delivery than I want, but I’m intrigued by the constructivist possibilities of this one. I hope I can persevere through it without being derailed by all my other work.
Fascinating, though not all games are structured around monster killing I find it compelling that is where you mind takes you when the topic of games is brought up. =3 I believe you will be a great addition to the topics of conversation.
I can definitely see what you're saying, Dr. Why. I am also more of a collaborative person. That said, I have begun thinking of monsters as the representation for big obstacle. In most instances, these monsters require a team defeat them. My favorite example for collaborative is Dota2 - This game is a real time strategy game (think super complex chess - in teams) you can be the strongest character but the ONLY thing that can win a match is... collaboration! ^_^ I agree with Trevyn - I can't wait to hear your ideas this summer.
Games Based Learning Mooc (gamesMOOC) FRCC Humanities Instructor The best combination of technophile and luddite