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Games in Higher Education

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joana Ayala Jul 16, 2015. 4 Replies

Hello!  A colleague and I were funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services in October 2014 to create a library-based Center for Games and Learning at our university (MidAmerica Nazarene…Continue

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Kansas City
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MidAmerica Nazarne University
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If my life story were a game, it would be a cross between ...
The Oregon Trail and Chess
Most people know me as a (check all that apply) ...
Writer, Teacher, The Best Project Manager Ever, Researcher
When it comes to my game-making career, I'm ...
a newbie (no game experience ... yet!)
Kinds of games I’m best known for making or want to be known for making someday (check all that apply) ...
Social games, Mobile games, Simulations, Board games, Card games, Educational games, Health games, Workplace / enterprise / productivity games
Will collaborate for
Creative fulfillment and fun, Free food, Experience and mentorship, School credit, Money, Big money, A chance at a Nobel Prize
Anything else you want to say about the kinds of projects or people or organizations you’d like to work with?
I am an academic librarian who is passionate about education. I love to work with researchers and people who want to see games motivate students to learn through a process and not focus solely on the end product.
What abilities would you bring to a collaboration?
I am the lead project director of a grant from the Instite of Museum and Library Services to create a Center for Games and Learning at MidAmerica Nazarene University. I bring education, library, and grant writing abilities. I believe (and am working on a study to prove it!) that games teach 21st century skills and that they teach grit.

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At 10:42pm on January 14, 2015, Timothy Hutchinson said…


I'm Tim Hutchinson; I'm a middle school teacher at a poor school in a poor district in California. I am faced with classrooms full of reluctant readers. Now I truly believe that most students are reluctant readers because they haven't found the right book. 

I decided to try and gamefully design a reading program. By that I don not mean read a book, take a test, earn a reward. I want something that will apply to any book at any level. Being a fan of Jane McGonigal, I used her book, Reality is Broken to set the parameters.

I want to plant the attached messages in some thick novel to recruit fluent readers. Fluent readers need to recruit some reluctant readers to go on a quest and read and blog about a book.

I thought it would be fun to use hidden messages and invisible ink to communicate to the teams. 

I could use some collaborative help to figure out those quests, how we measure progress, how we keep it fun, and how we expand it to create a more literate community. candle1.jpg



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