This Friday we will have the opportunity to talk with Professor Roger Travis, a member of our Department of Modern & Classical Languages on the subject of gaming, culture and education. Roger Travis’ video interview above as well as the assigned materials for this week focus on exploring how gaming and virtual worlds might offer informed, scaffolded and engaging learning environments for our students. How do these readings align with the concepts, perspectives and examples espoused in Seely Brown and Adler’s Minds on Fire: Open Education, the Long Tail and Learning 2.0 that we read at the beginning of the semester? Chris Dede suggests, at the end of Planning for Neomillennial Learning Styles: Implications for Investments in Technology and Faculty, that “a substantial number of faculty and administrators will likely dismiss and resist some of the ideas and recommendations presented here.” Why might that be?
As with our discussion on thirdspace with Professor Kevin Gaugler, I would like you to formulate a minimum of two questions to ask Professor Travis during our session with him. You may post your questions here as a way to generate a discussion of the themes in this week’s materials if you wish.
Update: Here is our archived LearnCentral session with Professor Travis. You’ll need to scroll down to the post-event link.
On our final Monday together members of our class will present on their classroom projects and we’ll have some time to discuss our class wiki.