I've always been a gamer playing pretty much anything I could access. Growing up I played a lot of games: card games, board games, D&D, organized and intramural sports, and worshiped at the altars / consoles of Atari, NES, and EA Sports.
I've always sought immersive environments not just in games but also in books as well. I think I'm powerless to the charms of flow and fiero wherever they may be found. My professional and personal experiences have all tied around Technology, Education, and Entrepreneurship.
I am an Associate Dean for Career and Technical Education for CCCOnline and teach primarily Accounting, Business and Multimedia Graphic Design (MGD). In my spare time, I work with several of the facilitators of this MOOC to search and implement new technologies in education.
While having a presence in Second Life and Open Sim, I'm currently immersed in World of Warcraft where I serve as the main raid tank for several guilds. I'm also the guild master for the Horde guild Inevitable Betrayal, which is a group of educators that I've worked with on current and past collaborative projects.
For the past year, I've worked with a group of faculty from 2 community colleges to develop Intro to Business and Intro to Macroeconomics Curriculum that utilizes the economy and business aspects of World of Warcraft. Once completed and tested, this curriculum will be accessible via Open Source licensing.
Lastly, for the next 18 months, I'll also be leading a group of faculty to explore, run, and evaluate Hackathons. The purpose of the Hackathon project is to identify and implement best practices of Hackathon events into online, hybrid, and traditional classrooms to improve student performance and retention. We will be having our first test run in November and have another event in Spring 14.