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The Value of CARP in My Design Work

The four principles of CARP: Contrast, Repetition, Alignment, and Proximity Contrast—If two things are not the same make them really different Contrast means difference, and although difference sounds quite simple it is crucially important to the way we notice things. Humans scan a scene looking […]

Digital Story Response No. 11: “Ghost Dance”

While searching the StoryCenter’s YouTube channel for recently uploaded digital stories I encountered “Ghost Dance.” Early into watching Tommy Orange’s digital story, I connected it with Dee Brown’s (1971) seminal book “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West”  which […]

Response to Chapter 5: “Seven Steps Of Digital Storytelling”

I enjoyed reading this piece by Lambert (2012) and learned a good bit from it. In this course, I have been viewing and responding to digital stories. I have also been researching what can be learned through digital storytelling. And through my journey, I have […]

Digital Story Response No 10: “The Story of My Story”

Today, I’m responding to K’s digital story “The Story of my Story” and this feels right, as today is the day after the US presidential election. I stumbled across this story some weeks ago but at the time I felt its message was too serious […]

A Day in the Life in the Future: Adult Learning in 2046

A short alternative media item that I produced using Plotagon. This was an assignment for my Producing Media for Learning Course at the University of Colorado Denver.    

Mobile Mayhem: Funny Hangul Study

I live in an older neighborhood in Uijongbu-Shi, Republic of Korea (ROK) primarily populated with senior citizens. I relocated to the ROK in August of this year with my wife Hyejin who is a citizen of the Korea. We previously spent seventeen years living in […]

Response to Chapter 4: “Visual networks: Learning and Photosharing”

  I was immediately struck by how openminded Guy Merchant was concerning graffiti in his neighborhood. I, like many, have often viewed graffiti as a form of art, and yet art that is defacing the property of others. Although I strive to be openminded I […]

Digital Story Response No. 2: “My Iligan”

While searching for a digital story to critique for this week’s assignment I, fortunately, stumbled upon the prize-winning story “My Iligan” produced by Arkay Timonera of the Philippines. Timonera was awarded first prize in the 2009 My Iligan digital storytelling contest held in Mindanao, Philippines. […]

Response to Chapter 1: “Sampling ‘The New’ in New Literacies” by Lankshear & Knobel

The sociocultural aspects of “new literacies” described in this chapter immediately grabbed my attention and caused me to reflect on an experience I had last semester. In my online Games and Learning course, the readings were posted online and two students were asked to read […]

Robert’s Games and Learning Experience

  I wrote early in this course that I have little interest, actually no interest in playing games. And this course has not increased my desire to play games, nor did I expect it to. This was not my reason for attending this course, nor […]

Play Journal Cycle 6: Failed Play

I strayed from board gameplay this cycle and instead opted for a Korean card game, which is most often called Go-Stop, in the west. The game originated in Japan where it was introduced in hopes of reducing gambling. And yet, Koreans routinely gamble when playing […]

Games and Learning Reflection No. 2

My participation in course activities this month greatly contributed to my understanding of games and learning. My focus is on videogames, although I understand and appreciate that this course includes many types of games and play. Previously, I had understood games as either games for […]

Videogames Designed for Acquiring New Languages Cycle 5

My continuing quest to find creative ways to support language learning through the use of technology has lead me to the language learning game Influent, which was previously named SanjigenJiten, as a working title. Influent was developed under the Monbukagakusho Research Scholarship at the University […]

Play Journal Cycle 4

The board game that I played for Cycle 4 is a traditional Korean board game called Yut Nori. Nori is actually the Romanized Korean word for game, therefore, this game is usually just referred to as Yut, which is pronounced yoot. My wife, Hye-Jin, purchased […]

The Perfect Team

Due to the difficulties I have experienced with group work both professionally and in academia the in-depth article “What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team” seized me and just refused to turn me loose. It was written by Charles Duhigg and […]

Games and Learning Reflection No. 1

I do indeed have many curiosities concerning “games and learning” which may help explain why I am attending this course. I certainly did not take it in order to satiate my desire for gaming, as I don’t have a desire to play games. I realize […]

Situated Language Learning

One of the assigned readings for an online education course I am attending is a book titled “Situated Language and Learning” and was written by James Paul Gee (2004). Gee is a faculty affiliate of the Games, Learning, and Society group at the University of […]

The Need for a Tribe

One of the readings for an education course I am attending is titled ‘How to Build Your Tribe—Finding ‘Your People’ ” and was written by Marelisa Fabrega. Fabrega is concerned with our human need to be part of a group. She writes that “Noted psychologist, […]

College of Education at the University of Hawaii

My Post titled “Redesigning Universities” is a fine example of a Canadian success story. The link below demonstrates how we, south and a bit west of the Canadian border are throwing words and theories at this issue, but failing miserably. The link leads to a […]

Redesigning Universities

I’m not a great fan of Ted talks, but occasionally one is recommended to me that just resonates, and this is certainly one of those. This is a “hot topic” for me, as I am very concerned with creative ways to improve higher ed, and […]

I Dig Diigo

As part of an assignment in my Social Media class I was required to try a new tool, resource, or community that I was curious about. The professor listed a few sites and I settled on Diigo. I actually tried a few of the sites […]