Articles, musings, reviews, and opinions about a variety of topics, hence the name Words of Whatever.
You may be thinking, “Well that seems like an unfocused mess.” The intention, however, is to provide a wide range of perspectives and ideas about the world of digital media and instructional design.
I thought that I would put together a quick post to answer a question I get asked, but can have an awkward time answering: What is instructional design? Although I have been learning the design ideas and learning theories, I have never been asked to describe it. That...read more
What I Learned About Games and Learning Alright the semester is over, I learned a lot, and I am burned out. There is a hint of laziness in the air, at least for a few weeks until the summer grind begins. The older you get the more of a toll this fancy book learning...read more
This was an interesting project. Having played World of Warcraft for years, I was familiar with the in-game community, though I never really spent any time interacting with players outside of the game. I would look up resources to figure out a character build, or...read more
Time has been particularly stubborn this week. Things to do—always things to do. I am tired of doing battle with that wily beast. The semester is winding down and I feel an almost uncontrollable urge to tune out already. I hope that the month before the summer...read more
I thought I would create a video Play Journal entry, rather than writing one. I have had enough this week--even this text is excruciating to produce 🙂 And what better way to demonstrate play than through a similar visual medium as the source material. The game I...read more
I can’t remember how I came across this journal article by Michele Dickey titled Engaging by Design: How engagement strategies in popular computer and video games can inform instructional design. It was published in 2005, so in technology years it is ancient. The...read more
A few weeks ago, I wrote about the trouble I was having engaging with Blizzard’s World of Warcraft forums. You can check out the post here. This trouble isn’t how to engage, or determining the purpose of the affinity space. The purpose of the forum is a practical one...read more
I am enjoying this Games and Learning class I am taking. Hard to believe that the semester is almost over. It is also hard to believe how much a person can learn in a few short months. I have immersed myself in the subject by focusing on video games and learning as a...read more
This week I talk about failure and its place in learning. Failure is a necessary component to the learning process. It is essential and inevitable. You will fail--a lot. But don't let that discourage you. Fear of failure is natural, but it can also be a hindrance....read more
My first vlog ever--The Content Conundrum. This was uploaded last week to YouTube, but I neglected to link it here on my site. Why? It was an oversight on my part. It will never happen again. I swear...Maybe...I can't promise anything 🙂 Every Sunday I will ramble...read more
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