Miscellaneous

531: Reflections on Immersive Virtual Learning

March 8, 2011 Justin Miscellaneous

Bartle (2004) demonstrated that players often can pose unreasonable demands upon the design of virtual worlds, or sometimes design changes can create unintended and undesirable consequences among the players. In educational virtual worlds, formative evaluation should occur regularly and frequently to assess the learning potential of the current system state. One of the foremost benefits […]

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531: Virtual Ability

February 9, 2011 Justin Miscellaneous

When we talk about teaching in virtual worlds, we’re not just talking about an extension of classroom practices in a virtual setting, but adopting a completely different paradigm and approach to instruction. One important consideration that can’t be overlooked is how the students react in the virtual setting; the teacher must be aware of and […]

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532: Engaging Learners Through Video Game Principles

February 5, 2011 Justin Miscellaneous

In a TED Talk from 2010, Tom Chatfield describes seven aspects that lend to the creation of effective, engaging games. They can particularly be applied to how we learn in general. The video is shown below, and he starts describing the seven aspects around the 8:30 mark. These ideas apply directly to how learning-oriented games […]

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532: The Emotional Depth of Video Games

February 2, 2011 Justin Miscellaneous

Watch the 2006 TED talk by David Perry shown below, and ask yourself if you’ve ever been emotionally impacted by a video game. For me, the answer is clear. I still reflect fondly on the hours upon hours I spent playing and replaying my old adventure and otherwise plot-driven games like King’s Quest, Quest for […]

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531: Geo Quest

February 1, 2011 Justin Miscellaneous

Here’s a simple “culture quest” for Geo Island, a region in Second Life dedicated to the study of geology. Interactive models, slideshows, and informational posters are available to guide students through topics relevant to earth science study. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Geo Island/140/62/504/ Begin your journey by heading north. Read all the posters you see. What are silicates? What […]

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531: Social Presence and Immersive Environments

January 24, 2011 Justin Miscellaneous

Virtual worlds are considered immersive environments, and as such, it’s not unexpected that the element of social presence plays a rather important role. Virtual worlds have an advantage over traditional forms of distance learning in this area, since the avatar is represented by many of the familiar visual and social cues humans are used to. […]

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505: Update on the Moodle Survey

November 24, 2010 Justin Miscellaneous

Last week I invited all our Moodle-using teachers and students to take a survey about their usage of Moodle as an online course management system and supplement to in-class instruction. The response has been great. So far (as of November 23, 9:30pm), 652 students and 17 teachers have participated. The survey was supposed to close […]

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505: Analyzing the Problem

November 16, 2010 Justin Miscellaneous

We solve problems every day. Sometimes the problems are simply figuring out where you left your car keys. Other times, it’s determining the best way to reach the unique needs of your students. Often we solve these problems without really thinking through the process. We just mentally “connect the dots” and arrive at conclusions. The […]

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505: Analysis of Three Evaluation Reports

November 9, 2010 Justin Miscellaneous

The USOE 2005 Summative Evaluation Report reads more like a commentary than an evaluation, and is very poorly executed. Data analyses are not conveyed in any meaningful forms or visualizations. Numerous spelling and grammar errors persist. The report doesn’t seem to address any particular objectives or self-defined goals in each program, and is highly disorganized […]

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505: Plans for an Evaluation of Weber’s Moodle System

November 5, 2010 Justin Miscellaneous

I’m conducting an evaluation of WSD Online, our district’s Moodle system. Right now, we use this as our online classroom management tool. We’re just barely piloting fully-online courses, but that’s not what I’m evaluating. Right now more than a few of our teachers use Moodle as a supplement to their in-class teaching. I’ve decided to […]

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