November 20th, 2010 | jim_brown
- First idea: gameful.org Jane McGonigal, collab tool for game designers focused on creating “meaningful” games. Gameification structure: point, rewards, level up. New challenges proposed by community to inspire collaboration. November 2010 launch.
- Stanford (and Indiana) courses built on leveling up/guild MMO structures.
- Anastasia Salter (@MsAnastasia) modeling course in Spring 2011 on WoW.
Adding meaning to physical tasks: something that games are very good at. [Though, we might trouble Jesse Schell’s GDC talk on pointsification…]
What tools do these games teach?
- visual literacy
- multimodal literacy
- rhetoric of persuasive games (Bogost)
- Gameful focuses on production: making games as collaboration
- procedural literacy (Bogost, Gee, Matheas). [Game of Oswald shooting JFK, Darfur is Drying, Oil Tycoon]
- compositional literacy and collaborative writing (ARGs such as The Beast/Cloudmakers as example, Pierre Levy’s CI)
- Tools for building games:
- Inform 7 [http://www.inform-fiction.org/I7/Welcome.html , http://inform7.com] interactive fiction language, currently relative to the genre, interactive games, without the visuals;
- GameMaker [http://www.yoyogames.com/make]: familiar GUI, can add scripting;
- Scratch [http://scratch.mit.edu/]: commands in simple, usable framework;
- Students are able to create and share and play their work with their classmates. Highly available result.
- The Game Maker’s Apprentice by James Hobgood
Ivanhoe as role play game for lit/comp classroom focused on literary analysis and arguments.
Using BuddyPress as online space for achievement based points for writing/blogging:
- Achievements (set particularly goals and rewards–a type of leveling system) [@MsAnastasia plans to reward/level-up for achieving requirements, earning students different requirements for future assignments.]
Points might be an alternate (non(less?)-punitive) way to encourage students to collaborate, comment. Also, Jim Brown mentions portfolio system, The Learning Record [http://www.learningrecord.org/] and having students write a midterm and end of term argument for their grade. [Jim built his own with Drupal, as a simple one module install.]