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Week 4 MOOC I
Welcome to Week 4

Epistemic Games is the topic for this week. Epistemic games are games that place the player in an epistemic frame. This could be as a scientist, historian, teacher or other profession. It has the student (player) acting, thinking and communicating as if already in that professional community.

Budget Hero by Center4EduPunx, on Flickr

But I'm sure, there are some of you here on a mission. I would not want to deter you. Your mission of course is to understand epistemic games, affinity groups, badges and the ludic fallacy.

Other are taking a more connectivist approach. If you are taking that connectivist approach, please take a look at the reading and resources - skim the material to get a basic understanding; then pick what you find interesting, intriguing or contentious to look at further. Then please tell us what you think and what you'd like to discuss further. Post in the forum or write it up on your own blog and post in discussions.


Intro to Week 4 - video

Intro to Week 4 Slideshare

Epistemic Games (Only) Slideshare


Epistemic Game Group: An Overview of Epistemic Games

Jim Gee on The Use of Video Games for Learning About Learning

Gee & Chaffer Chat

Epistemic Games Readings

Epistemic Games by David Williamson Shaffer

David Williamson Shafer: Epistemic Games 2011 slideshare

Confronting the Challenges of the Participatory Culture p. 22 - 55 (skim)

Quick Reads

Epistemic Games Are the Future of Learning, Letting Students Role-Play Professions

Ludic Fallacy

Epistemic Games and Frames to Checkout

Simschool take a look at what they offer but you will not be able to actually play.

Budget Hero

AICPA American Institute for Certified Public Accountants

Nobel Foundation Games

Virtual Worlds, Real Leaders - World of Warcraft for Leadership