This Thursday 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’sMinds 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 we discussed in class this past Friday, I would like you to post a minimum of two questions on our Google Moderator site to ask Professor Travis during our session with him. We will then share our posted questions with Professor Travis prior to our LearnCentral session. This Friday we will devote our class time to exploring in depth an online tool of your choice. From November 15-19 we will attend the free, online Global Education Conference.