Friday, March 29, 2013

April Professional Development Opportunities

Hi Folks,

Here are the Professional Development opportunities we have coming up in April:

Shall We Play a Game?
Friday, April 5, 1:00 PM MST
This webinar will explore games-based learning, showcasing the Games-Based Learning MOOC that was funded as part of the CCCS Immersive and Game-Based Learning Faculty Challenge grants in the Spring of 2012. It will also provide an overview of Massively Open Online Courses, the learning theories behind them, and how they may affect education in the future.

Managing Discussions Workshop
Monday, April 15 - Sunday, April 28
The Discussions component of your online course is your virtual classroom. In this two-week, online workshop, participants will explore different ways to organize discussions, make discussions more engaging, maximize your own and your students participation, evaluate discussions, explore QA expectations, and more.

You can register for these sessions now on the Training and Professional Development Database. Please send any questions about these sessions to



Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Games Based Learning MOOC

Games Based Learning MOOC begins soon.
We have a little less than 2 weeks before we start up the Games MOOC!
And yes, we are very excited.
Please join us and invite your colleagues! The Games MOOC Spring 2013 signup is now open!
The third iteration of the Games MOOC begins on March 18 and runs until April 22, 2013.
The theme is “Build the Game“ using Apps, AR and ARGs. The focus will be creating a game or gaming project for your course. 
The Games MOOC is an online six week professional development course that has optional livestreaming sessions that are also recorded and uploaded to YouTube.
The weekly topics will look something like this. (Adjustments are possible)
Week 1                 Intro to the Course and Topics
Week 2                 Apps and Mobile Possibilities
Week 3                 Augmented Reality and Interactive Fiction (sounds fun - right?)
Week 4                 Mysteries, Puzzles and Scavenger Hunts
Week 5                 Narrative and Storyboarding
Week 6                 Creating the Clues & Playing the Game
If you want any additional information or have any questions, please call me at 303-404-5470 or email
As always – Lurkers Welcome!
Thank you,
Kae Novak
Online Learning
Front Range Community College
As a bit of a warm-up, we'll doing a games based learning tweetchat  this Wed at 7 pm MT
on VEJ - The Virtual Education Journal that just came out!
The hashtag for the Games MOOC is #gamemooc
If you’re new to tweetchat just go here for more info on how tweet along with us.
If you haven't taken a look at this issue of VEJ -please do! It’s Game On! - Where you get your information about games based learning and virtual worlds? What is needed? How should we be getting it out? And of course discussion of any of the articles.
Games MOOCers and the Games MOOC were well represented in this issue. 
VEJ Game On Issue!