A SAMR Model For Games & Learning – Some Thoughts

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An interesting idea came from a Twitter conversation between Cameron Malcher, Claire Seldon, and Steven Kolber (and more folks connected through Pete), but I needed more space to write about this than Twitter affords—what would a SAMR Model for Games & Learning look like? First, much like it does for technology tools, I feel SAMR itself can be used […]

Gamification and Game-Based Learning QA Whitepaper

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Recently, I was given several questions as part of a whitepaper prompt covering gamification and game-based learning to submit to the InSync Blended Learning Hub (thanks Phylise!). I’ll be treating these questions informally and only plan to give off-the-cuff responses (no additional research happening here this time!). Alright, here goes nothing: Q1) How do you define […]

PAINTing the Canvas

March has been filled with GOBLINs (traditional and #netnarr surprises), preparing for #OLCInnovate, #Domains17, and planning a new training program called PAINT Canvas. For the last year that I’ve facilitated Canvas training, much of my energy has been spent on-boarding instructors into the new Canvas software while helping them think through how this impacts their course design. Canvas Camp is … Continue reading PAINTing the Canvas

Gamifying The Writing Process With Habitica

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One of the (many) side-projects that John and I have been working on is gamifying the writing process. In particular, we’re interested in gamification that seeks to reinforce and build good habits that yield efficient writing, research, and revision. This semester, the Writing Center on our campus engaged us in brainstorming the logistics, pedagogical implications, etc. … Continue reading Gamifying The Writing Process With Habitica

Teaching in Higher Ed Podcast

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Recently I had the honor of participating in the Teaching in Higher Ed Podcast hosted by Bonni Stachowiak. My half-hour session with Bonni focused on games in higher education. Specifically, I spoke about GOBLIN, eXperience Play, and my use of games in faculty development at the University of Oklahoma. For more details, listen to the podcast episode here: … Continue reading Teaching in Higher Ed Podcast

#games4ed – Leading My First Twitter Chat

Last night I moderated the #games4ed live chat. Little do anyone know, this was my first time to host a Twitter chat. O.o I’ve had a lot of fun on Twitter recently. First I remotely participated in a conference and then I published my first set of open Twitter data. Not to mention joining the #games4ed live chats and meeting many awesome people: Melissa Pilakowski, Steven Isaacs, Mark … Continue reading #games4ed – Leading My First Twitter Chat