Home / Experiencing Learning Through Gaming - August 29, 2012
Can an old guy game?
This week was my first class with Bernie Dodge, one of the pioneers of Webquests, as part of my efforts towards obtaining a Master’s degree in education technology. I have already passed Edtec 540 (Education Technology), 541 (Educational Web Multimedia Development), 544, (Instructional Design), and 570 (Advanced Teaching With Technology). It has been a bit of a thrill taking these courses. These are the same courses my wife took many years ago which led to her successful career as an ed techie, and Bernie was one of her primary mentors.I am nervous in part because I am old and my brain is calcified and I’m not sure I am creative enough to come up with a decent scenario for game play. Game development is all about the game play. There have been numerous text-only game and still have thousands of players who love it because of the way it is designed. The likelihood of a text-only game being popular today is low, but still today’s successful games are distinguished by their plots, challenges, details, and amazing creativity that makes my jaw drop. I’m not worthy, maybe, we shall see.We are to read James Keller’s “Motivational Design for Learning and Performance” as one of our required texts. I am surprised to see no sign of John Paul Gee.
If you have any suggestions for books or resources on educational game development, please post links.