Research talk given to IDEAs Lab group at the University of Sussex on June 19 2009.
This talk summarizes and provides background motivation for my current research project. Specifically, I'm looking at how metaphors and game design of World of Warcraft motivate people to learn and to work, with an eye to transferring motivation, social knowledge building, and persistence to online distance education practices, like teaching and community building. This draws upon J.S. Brown's "social knowing", J. Biggs's constructive alignment, and E. Wenger's communities of practice. I'm especially enchanted with the idea of "Roberts and Susans" and their approaches to learning and their underlying motivation, both in e-learning and World of Warcraft communities.