#becomingeducational W8 part two: Develop Digital Me – or just develop a great learning game?!

RE-POSTED FROM: http://blog.mahabali.me/blog/pedagogy/games-pedagogy/egyptian-game-designer-as-guest-speaker/

Egyptian Game Designer as Guest Speaker
November 24, 2014 by Maha Bali | 2 Comments
Today, I invited a guest speaker into my educational game design module. She’s (co?)-founder of a company that designs educational games in Egypt. They created a board game called “Baladna” (our country) in 2013, and then revised it and are rolling out a new, improved version these days.

It was an inspiring class, and she’s an inspiring speaker.
My main goals for inviting the speaker were:
1. Show students that someone right here in Egypt has designed an educational game. Last semester some people finished the class feeling they wanted to become educational game designers (rats, I forgot to invite her to this class!) and I wanted them to meet one such person;
2. Give students an inside look into what it entails to design an educational game
3. Show students the process of moving from the first to the second version of the game (this is huge because the first game looks visually beautiful but emphasizes learning by memorization whereas the new game gives students room to practice different skills, develop critical thinking, discuss their opinions and do fun things like sing)
4. Have students play the two games and compare them in a group reflection.
5. Learn from today’s class and transfer that learning to their own game designs
Talking to my guest speaker y/day to plan for class, I suggested we split students into two groups, playing the different versions of the game, and then switch, and have students play the other game, then discuss. We did this after a brief video introducing the game (see below; it’s partly in Arabic and partly in English.
Everything I hoped for today happened, thankfully But some of the valuable unexpected learning that occurred today included:
Students compared the manuals for the two games; one a 4-page all-text manual; the other one visual slide. This will come in handy when students write instructions for their own games and think about how to make them more appealing and clear at the same time
Students had all sorts of useful suggestions for improving the game – and the speaker invited their critique and emphasized that continual improvement was key – even though they were about to launch the second version of the game, they were already thinking about the third version). This is great because I want my students to “not stop at their first idea” (as my colleague told them last semester) and keep thinking of how to make their game better; when time is tight in my classes, I try to reward students for reflecting on how they might make it better (kind of like my PhD – the conclusion chapter where I talk about all I don’t like about what I did and how I would have done it differently and what I want to do next…)
There were discussions related to audience, etc.
The speaker talked about her collaboration with Nahdet el Mahrousa (an NGO – I served on their board a few years ago) – and I liked this aspect of it. She talked about how they were not educational or content experts so they partnered with people who could help them with that. Always important to learn what your limitations are and how to overcome them – collaboration is often faster and easier than learning from scratch on your own
The speaker talked about their crowdfunding campaign which I think is cool because it gives students ideas for how to get capital to do things like this
The speaker talked about how she started working in the corporate world and eventually started her own business. Students, I think, benefit from learning about the career journeys of others…
I gotta go now – just wanted to record this I hope I read about the impact of this guest lecture in students’ reflections on their own game design at end of semester.

#becomingeducational W8 blog: Get Digital!!

So, in January 2013, started this MOOC – life changed!
Check out: http://lastrefugelmu.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/edcmooc-elearning-and-digital-cultures.html

The class had 44,000 students spread around the world. We watched open source videos. We read open source texts. We had to produce a digital artefact that captured our learning.

You are joking? Produce a digital artefact – me?!

Oh yes.
We had to.
We did!

Each artefact had to combine at least text and images… It had to be peer reviewed. We had to peer review other people as part of *our* assessment.

It was scarey – it was challenging – and it was fun! Moreover – because we were finally forced to get digital – we did – and found that we could enjoy that too…

And lo – the #becomingeducational Develop a Digital Me project was born!!

We learned so much by being encouraged (okay – forced?!) to actually engage with some of these technologies… AND we want you to have some of that fun – that play – that engagement with technology. Because unless you make some time to PLAY with it – you will never master it.

So – have a look at some of the artefacts that our #edcmooc colleagues produced – see if anything inspires you – grabs your eye – makes you think, “Ummm okay – may be…” – and have a go.

We want you produce something a bit digital – and to produce a Conference Poster outlining what you did – why – and what you learned – for a Poster Exhibition W12.

What to do???!!!
Some of you are already thinking about alternative blog projects – some of you have spoken about enrolling on a free Coursera MOOC – some of you may still be stuck about what to do…

 have a play with some of the tools used in the artefacts below
 see what you enjoy
 may be – think if any of those tools could be used to set alternative assessments (not an essay – but a Voice Thread???)

#EDCMOOC – here’s our short artefact that our mate Andy helped us to make in GoAnimate:

And here are some cool examples from #edcmooc classmates:
Angela’s thinglink: http://www.thinglink.com/scene/360982057624535042#tlsite

Fran Monaghan’s VoiceThread: beautiful, gentle and a low-tech, high-tech:

David Hopkins’ Prezi – brilliant images – excellently chosen clips! http://prezi.com/e9y6ipsovanb/digital-artefact-edcmooc/

(And his whole blog on the topic: http://www.dontwasteyourtime.co.uk/elearning/digital-artefact-for-edcmooc-wk-5/ )

And Ess Garland’s timeline – and now for something completely different!

Theo Kuechel’s PinBoard – if an ‘essay’ is a form of curation about the learning on a course –this is a very different form of curation:

Kevin Eagan’s unique take – an annotated blog… http://digitalmarginalia.tumblr.com/post/44112018112/why-digital-marginalia-matters

AND – if you really want to go for it:
Terry Elliot’s Zeega:
Or our Collaborative poem:

OR – if you are a frustrated movie maker – try:
Ary’s stunner – but it is nearly 5 mins long: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=II_1nwaTZBQht

And June B’s blog plus vimeo artefact – film of avatar discussing the course – bit long – but full of potential:

#CCOURSES – and Shukie’s important question:

TIP: If you make a movie for us – it should be ABOUT ONE MINUTE LONG – AND DEFINITELY NO LONGER THAN TWO MINUTES!!!

Posters, ‘Spineless’ Reports and Fast Rhetorics

W7 – The Poster Presentations!!

Oh – you were marvellous!

Yes – probably we spent too long sitting…

BUT – what great presentations!!

AND – oh what a fabulous audience you were!!

thank you all so much for your hard work – your energy – and your enthusiasm!!


Here’s a Tactile Academia Post on Posters…

Tactile Academia

I have wanted to do a post on posters for a while. As somebody with an interest in graphic design who also did a tiny little bit of it as part of her undergraduate degree (specifically designing promotional material for theatre productions), I was always baffled by the academic research poster as a genre. The posters I have come across at conferences are often very dense affairs that are text heavy, and I have often wondered what the point of them was, as whenever I was confronted by a room full of them, my patience for reading dropped from low to non-existent. Let’s face it, a poster session at a conference isn’t really the ideal environment to read…

And then came the time when I had to do a research poster myself, as part of my teaching qualification. I had great plans to do it differently – not much text…

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#becomingeducational W6: Preparing for Poster Presentations

This week started with lively collage, poster-like presentations on the academic reading that we have covered so far:
Giroux’s article on lessons to be learned from Freire:

And Thornburg on metaphors of learning spaces: http://tcpd.org/Thornburg/Handouts/Campfires.pdf
Some excellent insights were shared – and obviously we hope you can see *why* you were asked to read BOTH of these articles!?
(NB: If using these pieces in your Poster Presentations – do not forget to reference them: Author (date) ‘Title’ location, publisher – and date of access)

In the seminar time, Tom covered some finer points about academic presentations with a focus on what they are – why we ask students to prepare and deliver them – and how to prepare for them – successfully.
If you missed this session, you might like to catch up.
For presentations go here:
This also has downloadable study packs designed to help you plan your academic presentations.

And for tips on Positive Thinking, useful for all our academic work but essential to help us with presentation nerves, go here:
Additional Resources
This website gives tips on Poster Presentations:
And this gives tips on preparing academic posters for conferences:

However – you do not *have* to make a formal conference poster – we are happy for you to be creative here – so you can make a collage poster – or a Prezi one (use http://www.prezi.com)… And check out David Hopkins’ one – brilliant images – excellently chosen clips! http://prezi.com/e9y6ipsovanb/digital-artefact-edcmooc/

Or be even more creative with Zeega – check out Terry Elliot’s Zeega: http://zeega.com/162387
Or Thinglink or voice thread:
Here’s Angela’s thinglink: http://www.thinglink.com/scene/360982057624535042#tlsite
And Fran Monaghan’s VoiceThread – beautiful, gentle and a sort of low-tech, high-tech: http://voicethread.com/?#q.b4186028.i21377601

We are meeting at nine for final Poster Presentation rehearsals in our normal room – there will be an early coffee break – and the Poster Presentations start at ten in TM-237… GOOD LUCK!!!