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Tweaking Quests and XP

I’m back at work on my fall courses (started in May). Why? Because I’m super excited about them that’s why. This will be my second year applying principles of gamification to my courses. Last year, I applied it to three/four. In the fall, I will apply it to two. Let’s talk about one of the …

XP & Competencies: Next Semester

I’ve started pulling together the syllabus for my Politics of Reading class that begins in January. Maybe it seems a bit early to be doing this, but I’m a slow and steady kind of girl when it comes to my work. I like to work on things in short amounts of time (about an hour) over an …

Finding Balance with XP

Recently, some students in one of my classes pointed something out to me that I found funny. They were comparing points they could earn between my class and the other class they are in. It was pointed out that in the other class, something might be worth five points. In my class, a particular activity …

Achievements/Badges/Extra XP (Gaming in Teacher Education)

At this point, we’ve done the following: Written a syllabus Identified quests Identified what XP should be for each quest Converted XP into grades And I want to say that I think that’s a great start. I’m going to continue on down the rabbit hole though. Feel free to follow. In today’s post, I’m going …

Converting XP into Grades (Gaming in Teacher Education)

A couple of weeks ago, I promised to explain how I converted the XP students could earn in my Explorations in Literacy course into a grade. In this post, I will share with you ALL the assignments for the course including links to the directions (if you want them), what the XP are for them, and …

Earning XP and Grades (Gaming in Teacher Education)

In my last post, I discussed how assignments were set up so that some XP counted for grades and some XP did not. When I shared my directions and scoring for the blogging assignment, I included this chart which outlined how I thought about doing XP: Type of Quest XP Heroic Quests (Blogging) Writing Posts …

How Do I Grade Explore Projects?

Recently, I had a question about the Explore Project assignment that I have used in one of my Masters classes and, most recently, in my Politics of Reading class. The question was really a statement that I’m going to rework into question format (so this isn’t a direct quote. i’ve put it into my own …

Class as Experience

At some point, I realized that I didn’t think of my class so much as a series of lectures or objectives or activities or readings or whatever but rather as an experience. I don’t know when or how I made this shift. I just know that one day I realized that I was planning a …

Explore Projects

This last semester, I taught a Masters class called Explorations in Literacy. A major part of this class was engaging in something I called the Explore Project. The Explore Project was relatively simple. I based it off the concept of Google Fridays (this piece is an example of how the concept plays out in the classroom). Google …

How to Publish With Others

Publishing with others can be an amazing experience. Not only do you share the work load, but you have people around you who can push you and make your work better. Because you want it to go well there are some general guidelines to put in place up front that can make the process run …

The Organization of Online Teaching

As I started teaching my online class this fall, I quickly became aware of the level of organization it would require. Obviously I need to have structures in place to support students. They need to know what they are doing, when, how, etc…I have those in place in a number of ways including: a calendar …

Going Fully Online

It started. This week I began my year-long adventure into teaching a 100% fully online class for the first time ever. Up to this point I had only taught hybrid. So….what happened during my first online week? Well, other than being excited here are some things I learned: Tip #1: Calm Down Already I mean …

What Do I Do With a Revise & Resubmit?

When you submit a manuscript for publication, you’re two most likely outcomes are: (a) reject and (b) revise and resubmit. Ideally, you will find yourself in a revise and resubmit situation more often than not. Do you know that it is extremely rare to get an accept/accept with revisions based on your initial submission? You …

Writing for Revisions

It’s really easy to get caught up in thinking that writing for publication means writing to get accepted. In reality, our two most likely choices are: Reject Revise & Resubmit So when we write, and when we submit something for publication, what we should really be working to do is not get rejected. This means …

My Teaching Notebook

I realized that for all the years I have had this blog I am pretty sure I have never shared my teaching notebook with you. And that’s just crazy because it’s a fundamental part of who I am. My teaching notebook is nothing fancy, and there’ not right way to use one. I hope you …

Saying No to Revisions

There are times when it’s appropriate to say no to reviewers. It doesn’t happen all the time (sorry, you’re gonna have to do 99.9% of those revisions requested), but it does happen. But how do you which one (or maybe two) revisions to reject and what do you say back to the editors and reviewers? …

Microlearning in F2F Classes

Recently, I read this post by Peggy Semingson. In it, she discusses the concept of microlearning in online education. She defines microlearning as: Microlearning consists of microcontent that is delivered via an electronic device, including but not limited to a mobile device, app, learning management system, computer, and/or laptop. The goal is to “chunk” learning …

The Syllabus as Verb

Recently, I wrote a post where I talked about how I structured my syllabus around the terms Read, Watch, Do, & Play.  I used these terms because I thought they better captured the spirit of the work I was asking students to do in my upcoming online course. I received some feedback on twitter: Now, I don’t have …

Issues of Time in Teaching Online: Part 2

Last week I started talking about how I think about time as it relates to teaching online. I noted I had to think through two areas:  (a) how much time students should spend engaged in the course during a week and (b) how much time I will be spending. Last week, I discussed how I thought …

Issues of Time in Teaching Online: Part 1

One of the things I have struggled with in going fully online is thinking through issues related to time. Specifically I have had to think through: (a) how much time students should spend engaged in the course during a week and (b) how much time I will be spending. In this post, I want to …