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Saturday, August 13, 2005

UVSC podcasting and games talk

I just got back from the Utah Valley State College Teaching with Technology Idea Exchange. It was definitely worth the trip.

Everyone there seemed to be interested in sharing knowledge. Refreshingly low hype factor.

I tried to catch most of the gaming in education talks. Tom Cunningham talked about a few of the games he used in review sessions to increase student motivation. I particularly like the way he used Powerpoint to play Technopoly, a game developed by one of his students based on Monopoly. By moving and copying objects inside of Powerpoint, he avoided using any coding to run a very slick and playable game.

John Krutsch did a workshop to show us how to play and create a game based on a multiple choice format without using any coding. We each had our own computer to follow along then play around. Showing is always better than telling. Check it out here.

I talked to several people about games and I hope that it sparks some collaboration with my EduFrag project.

After listening to Joe Buchanan talk about the way online education works at UVSC, I have a better perspective of how our system compares at Drexel. There is a good knowledge base there.

The last talk I attended was more of a conversation involving everyone in the audience. We sat in a circle and brainstormed discussion board issues. Joanne Bentley, Sandie Waters and David Wade guided the talk. (By the way, David - here is one of Mike's presentations that I mentioned with his numbers on discussion boards)

Bios of the various presenters can be found here.

My presentation was on podcasting, screencasting, blogs and games in higher education. I get into some more detail about the EduFrag project, my current student blogging experiment and some new numbers about RSS subscriptions with my online blogged classes.

Here are the screencast mp3 podcast and Powerpoint Slides for my presentation.

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