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The Metagame Book Club: Fostering a
Community of Gaming Pracademics
Sherry Jones & Kae Novak | http://bit.ly/gpracademics ...
1. What is the Metagame Book Club?
A Global Community
The Metagame Book Club
is an online open club that
invites K-20 educators
and learners to read and
disc...
Community Building with Virtual
Meeting Tools
We maintain
synchronous (live) and
asynchronous
conversations with our
commu...
The Founders
In 2014, a group of
K-20 educators and
researchers from all
over the world
formed the
Metagame Book
Club. We ...
● International Society for
Technology in Education
● Represents more than
100,000 Educators and
Professionals worldwide
●...
Richard Culatta, Director of Office
of Educational Technology, DOE
and Erik Martin, Media Specialist,
DOE at ISTE 2015
Wea...
LAN Party
Dungeons & Dragons
World of Warcraft
Minecraft
Ingress
Interactive Fiction
Coding Games
LilyPad Arduino(s)
Class...
2. Responses to the
Book Club?
Screenshot of
Hangout/Youtube
Response?
3. Media Coverage of
the Book Club
Nov. 19, 2014 - “10
Steps to Promoting
Diversity in Gaming”
by Meris Stansbury,
eCampus News
Nov. 26, 2014 -
“Woman in
Games Writing
Series: Sherry
Jones” by Mark
Filipowich, Good
Games Writing
(GGW)
April 2, 2015 - “How to
Apply Game-Based
Learning to Course
Curriculum” by Jennifer
Welch, eCampus News
May 18, 2015 -
“Game Design
Across the
Curriculum:
Interactive Fiction-
ing” by Educator
Innovator
May 29, 2015
“Sherry Jones
Interview” with
Game Vortex
June 22, 2015 -
“Game-Based
Learning: What
Great Games
Have that Bad
Games Don’t” by
Vicki Davis,
Bam! Radio
June 29, 2015 -
“Many Education
Games are
Worksheets with
Points. 6 Ways to
Find Better Learning
Games” by Vicki
Davis, Ba...
Aug. 1, 2015 -
“Facilitating an
Online Book Club
with Game-Based
Learning: The
Metagame Book
Club” for Global
EdCamp
4. The Metagame Book Club and
Pracademics?
In the context of gaming, "metagaming" is the act of finding and
using information beyond the game itself that can influen...
A “Pracademic” refers to an academic who engages in both practices:
1. Teaches or publishes research on subjects relevant ...
The Metagame Book
Club fosters a
community of gaming
pracademics by
asking educators to
practice the
following:
Gaming Pra...
The Metagame Book Club supports 4 levels of gaming pracademic:
● Beginner - Studies game research and is aware of gaming t...
Dec. 7, 2013
Webcast - “Minecraft
Challenge” (see 2:52)
Playing as a Practice - Minecraft
April 12, 2015
Webcast - “Playing
and Teaching with
Interactive Fiction”
Playing as a Practice - IF Games
● Creator of Gamifying the Classroom community website.
● Creator of rgMOOC, or Rhetoric and Composition: The Persuasive
P...
● Creator of the Games MOOC, five 6 week professional
development courses on games, gamification, AR, ARGs, MMOs
and Minec...
5. Two Reading
Concentrations/Tracks
Track 1: Game Studies
Facilitated by Sherry Jones, Track 1 concentrates on academic
research and theoretical readings rega...
July 15 - Aug. 16, 2015 -
Game Studies Week 1:
“The Meaning of Video
Games: Gaming and
Textual Strategies” by
Steven E. Jo...
Nov. 3, 2014 - Game
Studies Week 1:
“The Gamer Identity &
The Representations of
Gender and Race in
Games” by Sherry Jones
Mar. 21, 2015 -
Game Studies
Week 1:
“Interactive
Fiction: History
and Theories” by
Sherry Jones
Track 2: Games, Society &
Education
Facilitated by Kae Novak, Chris Luchs, and the Inevitable Instructors,
Track 2 concent...
Nov. 1. 2014 - Track 2 -
Joseph Campbell’s
“Power of Myth” and “Rise
of the Horde”
July-Aug. 2015
- Track 2 -
“Intro to
Multiplayer
Classroom”
6. Four Sessions
(So Far!)
Since 2014, the Metagame Book Club has offered 4 sessions.
Each session focused on unique topic...
Session 1 (July 15 - Aug. 16, 2014)
Track 1: Game Studies
● The Meaning of Video Games:
Gaming and Textual Strategies
by S...
Session 2 (Nov. 1 - 23, 2014)
Track 1: Game Studies
● Game Studies and Education.
● Gamer Identity & The
Representation of...
Session 3 (Mar. 20 - Apr. 2, 2015)
Track 1: Game Studies
● Interactive Fiction and
Education.
● Interactive Fiction: Histo...
Not at Games 4 Change
✓ Review of DoE Game for
Education Summit
✓ Review of Gone Home
✓ Review of Twine
✓ Review of Never ...
Session 4 (July. 20-Aug. 12, 2015)
Track 1: Game Studies
On Break (returning in Session 5,
Fall 2015).
Track 2: Games, Soc...
7. July-August 2015
Currently in Session!
Games we are covering now!
READY PLAYER ONE
Why Ingress?
Mobile
Pervasive
Multi-player
Narrative
Back story
Metagame
Endgame
July 22, 2015
Webcast -
“Ingress”
Playing as a Practice - Ingress
8. Future Sessions and
Workshops
Fall 2015 Book Club
● The Metagame Book Club Fall 2015 session will run in November.
● Track 1: Game Studies will focus on...
Spring 2016 Book Club & IF Jam
● ISTE 2016 IF JAM - We will offer an Interactive Fiction JAM for
This is a workshop where ...
Questions or Comments?
Sherry Jones
Twitter @autnes
sherryjones.edtech@gmail.com
Kae Novak
Twitter @kzenovka
kae.novak@fro...
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"The Metagame Book Club: Fostering a Community of Gaming Pracademics" by Sherry Jones and Kae Novak (Aug 6, 2015) (COLTT)
"The Metagame Book Club: Fostering a Community of Gaming Pracademics" by Sherry Jones and Kae Novak (Aug 6, 2015) (COLTT)
"The Metagame Book Club: Fostering a Community of Gaming Pracademics" by Sherry Jones and Kae Novak (Aug 6, 2015) (COLTT)
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Aug. 6, 2015 - This presentation is co-created by Sherry Jones and Kae Novak for the 2015 Colorado Learning and Teaching with Technology Conference.

This presentation details the origin, the development, and the future of the Metagame Book Club (http://bit.ly/metagamebookclub), an open club offered to K-20 educators to study academic works and popular literature on game studies, game-based learning, gamification (i.e. gamified learning), and the future of gaming. Book club participants also play games, such as War of Warcraft, Minecraft, Google's Ingress, and many more titles to support their teaching practices as "gaming pracademics."

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"The Metagame Book Club: Fostering a Community of Gaming Pracademics" by Sherry Jones and Kae Novak (Aug 6, 2015) (COLTT)

  1. 1. The Metagame Book Club: Fostering a Community of Gaming Pracademics Sherry Jones & Kae Novak | http://bit.ly/gpracademics | Aug. 6, 2015 80 Days
  2. 2. 1. What is the Metagame Book Club?
  3. 3. A Global Community The Metagame Book Club is an online open club that invites K-20 educators and learners to read and discuss literature about gaming in the future of education. We explore such issues as: ● What is a game? (ex. ontological vs. ontic nature) ● Research on cognitive, physical, and educational effects of gaming. ● Differences between “game-based learning” (GBL) and “gamification.” ● Best practices for applying either GBL or “gamification” to curriculum design.
  4. 4. Community Building with Virtual Meeting Tools We maintain synchronous (live) and asynchronous conversations with our community using a variety of tools: ● Google Plus + and Google Sites ● Google Hangout and Youtube ● Twitter ● Flickr ● Padlet ● Voxer ● War of Warcraft ● Second Life ● Minecraft
  5. 5. The Founders In 2014, a group of K-20 educators and researchers from all over the world formed the Metagame Book Club. We are: ● Kae Novak, Chair of ISTE Games & Sims Network & Instructional Designer at FRCC. ● Chris Luchs, Associate Dean for Career & Technical Education at CCCS & WoW Educator. ● Sherry Jones, Game Design & Psychology SME at RMCAD & Philosophy, Rhetoric, and Game Studies Instructor. ● The Inevitable Instructors (the Guild of Educators).
  6. 6. ● International Society for Technology in Education ● Represents more than 100,000 Educators and Professionals worldwide ● 2016 ISTE Annual Conference is in Denver! June 36-29th ISTE Games and Sims Network consists of 2,036 K-12 and Higher Ed Educators from around the world advocating and implementing games and sims in their curriculum
  7. 7. Richard Culatta, Director of Office of Educational Technology, DOE and Erik Martin, Media Specialist, DOE at ISTE 2015 Wearing Inevitable Betrayal Guild Ribbons.
  8. 8. LAN Party Dungeons & Dragons World of Warcraft Minecraft Ingress Interactive Fiction Coding Games LilyPad Arduino(s) Classcraft Answerables
  9. 9. 2. Responses to the Book Club?
  10. 10. Screenshot of Hangout/Youtube Response?
  11. 11. 3. Media Coverage of the Book Club
  12. 12. Nov. 19, 2014 - “10 Steps to Promoting Diversity in Gaming” by Meris Stansbury, eCampus News
  13. 13. Nov. 26, 2014 - “Woman in Games Writing Series: Sherry Jones” by Mark Filipowich, Good Games Writing (GGW)
  14. 14. April 2, 2015 - “How to Apply Game-Based Learning to Course Curriculum” by Jennifer Welch, eCampus News
  15. 15. May 18, 2015 - “Game Design Across the Curriculum: Interactive Fiction- ing” by Educator Innovator
  16. 16. May 29, 2015 “Sherry Jones Interview” with Game Vortex
  17. 17. June 22, 2015 - “Game-Based Learning: What Great Games Have that Bad Games Don’t” by Vicki Davis, Bam! Radio
  18. 18. June 29, 2015 - “Many Education Games are Worksheets with Points. 6 Ways to Find Better Learning Games” by Vicki Davis, Bam! Radio
  19. 19. Aug. 1, 2015 - “Facilitating an Online Book Club with Game-Based Learning: The Metagame Book Club” for Global EdCamp
  20. 20. 4. The Metagame Book Club and Pracademics?
  21. 21. In the context of gaming, "metagaming" is the act of finding and using information beyond the game itself that can influence one's in- game decisions. In the context of education, the Metagame Book Club serves as a “metagame” by helping educators study, play, and practice teaching with games. Our “metagaming” includes studying and discussing books, articles, websites, blogs, videos, and games. What is a Metagame?
  22. 22. A “Pracademic” refers to an academic who engages in both practices: 1. Teaches or publishes research on subjects relevant to his/her field. 2. Serves as an active practitioner of the methods and praxis of his/her discipline. So . . . why is the term, “Pracademic,” relevant to The Metagame Book Club? What is a Pracademic?
  23. 23. The Metagame Book Club fosters a community of gaming pracademics by asking educators to practice the following: Gaming Pracademics? ● Read both popular and academic literature on the social and cultural influences of games. ● Play a variety of games to understand how games really “work.” ● Discuss/debate on the role of games in education. ● Publish blogs/writings on teaching with games. ● Design curriculum that incorporates games or gamification. ● Create actual games or gamified classrooms.
  24. 24. The Metagame Book Club supports 4 levels of gaming pracademic: ● Beginner - Studies game research and is aware of gaming trends. ● Intermediate - Plays and evaluates games for teaching. ● Advanced - Develops curriculum that incorporates games or gamification methods to support or scaffold learning. ● Expert/Game Master - Designs and creates analog or digital games for learning. Levels of Gaming Pracademics
  25. 25. Dec. 7, 2013 Webcast - “Minecraft Challenge” (see 2:52) Playing as a Practice - Minecraft
  26. 26. April 12, 2015 Webcast - “Playing and Teaching with Interactive Fiction” Playing as a Practice - IF Games
  27. 27. ● Creator of Gamifying the Classroom community website. ● Creator of rgMOOC, or Rhetoric and Composition: The Persuasive Power of Video Games as Paratexts. ● Designer of the game-based learning philosophy assignment: “The Stanley Parable and the Question of Free Will.” ● Designer of Strategies and Psychology in Games course curriculum with interactive fiction game design assignments. ● Designer of The Perspective Game (TPG) for GetTheIssues. Sherry’s Practices as a Gaming Pracademic
  28. 28. ● Creator of the Games MOOC, five 6 week professional development courses on games, gamification, AR, ARGs, MMOs and Minecraft. ● Co- Creator of Bardo Thodol: Tibetan Book of the Dead. ● Creator of Día de los Muertos simulation ● Co-Creator of D. B. Copper ARG. ● Co-Creator of Project Outbreak simulation. ● Designer for World of Warcraft in Business. ● Guild master and raid leader of the Inevitable Betrayal. Kae’s Practices as a Gaming Pracademic
  29. 29. 5. Two Reading Concentrations/Tracks
  30. 30. Track 1: Game Studies Facilitated by Sherry Jones, Track 1 concentrates on academic research and theoretical readings regarding the meaning of games. Game Studies refers to the growing, interdisciplinary field of studying analog and digital games via various disciplinary lenses. Academic disciplines such as Cultural Studies, Media Studies, Computer Science, Philosophy, History, Archaeology, Rhetoric, Psychology, Religious Studies and more are developing theories and methods that focus on understanding the game phenomenon.
  31. 31. July 15 - Aug. 16, 2015 - Game Studies Week 1: “The Meaning of Video Games: Gaming and Textual Strategies” by Steven E. Jones
  32. 32. Nov. 3, 2014 - Game Studies Week 1: “The Gamer Identity & The Representations of Gender and Race in Games” by Sherry Jones
  33. 33. Mar. 21, 2015 - Game Studies Week 1: “Interactive Fiction: History and Theories” by Sherry Jones
  34. 34. Track 2: Games, Society & Education Facilitated by Kae Novak, Chris Luchs, and the Inevitable Instructors, Track 2 concentrates on readings about how gaming, and game logic, influence the development of technology, society, and education. Readings selected for this track also explore how games reference or influence cultural attitudes and current events. Some readings further address how games will contribute to a technologically oriented future.
  35. 35. Nov. 1. 2014 - Track 2 - Joseph Campbell’s “Power of Myth” and “Rise of the Horde”
  36. 36. July-Aug. 2015 - Track 2 - “Intro to Multiplayer Classroom”
  37. 37. 6. Four Sessions (So Far!) Since 2014, the Metagame Book Club has offered 4 sessions. Each session focused on unique topics . . .
  38. 38. Session 1 (July 15 - Aug. 16, 2014) Track 1: Game Studies ● The Meaning of Video Games: Gaming and Textual Strategies by Steven E. Jones. ● Play, Games, and the Magic Circle. ● Cultural and Social Meanings of Games and Play. ● Narratology vs. Ludology. ● Rhetoric of Games. Track 2: Games, Society & Education ● For the Win by Cory Doctorow. ● Introduction to Massively Open Online (MMO) Games. ● War of Warcraft (WoW) and Endgame Play. ● WoW Virtual Economics and Business Education.
  39. 39. Session 2 (Nov. 1 - 23, 2014) Track 1: Game Studies ● Game Studies and Education. ● Gamer Identity & The Representation of Gender and Race in Games. ● Ideologies & Games. ● Game-Based Learning & Gamified Learning. Track 2: Games, Society & Education ● Rise of the Horde by Christie Holden. ● The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell. ● Narrative Structure of the Monomyth. ● Monomyth of the War of Warcraft (WoW).
  40. 40. Session 3 (Mar. 20 - Apr. 2, 2015) Track 1: Game Studies ● Interactive Fiction and Education. ● Interactive Fiction: History and Theories. ● Narratology and Interactive Fiction. ● Playing and Teaching with Interactive Fiction. Track 2: Games, Society & Education ● The Multiplayer Classroom: Designing Coursework as a Game by Lee Sheldon. ● Trends in Gamification of Education. ● Quantified Self: The Motivational Appeal of Quantification.
  41. 41. Not at Games 4 Change ✓ Review of DoE Game for Education Summit ✓ Review of Gone Home ✓ Review of Twine ✓ Review of Never Alone ✓ Affective Domain
  42. 42. Session 4 (July. 20-Aug. 12, 2015) Track 1: Game Studies On Break (returning in Session 5, Fall 2015). Track 2: Games, Society & Education ● Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. ● Dystopian Arcade by Jon Spike. ● Augmented Reality Games and Ingress by Google. ● FAUXasis. ● Educators as Dungeon Masters.
  43. 43. 7. July-August 2015 Currently in Session! Games we are covering now!
  44. 44. READY PLAYER ONE
  45. 45. Why Ingress? Mobile Pervasive Multi-player Narrative Back story Metagame Endgame
  46. 46. July 22, 2015 Webcast - “Ingress” Playing as a Practice - Ingress
  47. 47. 8. Future Sessions and Workshops
  48. 48. Fall 2015 Book Club ● The Metagame Book Club Fall 2015 session will run in November. ● Track 1: Game Studies will focus on the psychology of games. We will address the question: How do psychological findings inform game design decisions? ● Track 2: Games, Society & Education will cover The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses by Jesse Schell.
  49. 49. Spring 2016 Book Club & IF Jam ● ISTE 2016 IF JAM - We will offer an Interactive Fiction JAM for This is a workshop where you will play, design, and create IF games live! ● Minecraft UnSymposium ● Not at Games 4 Change again in April 2016 ● Alternate Reality Game (ARG) for June 2016 ● LAN party - Our version of a LAN party at ISTE Conference June 16
  50. 50. Questions or Comments? Sherry Jones Twitter @autnes sherryjones.edtech@gmail.com Kae Novak Twitter @kzenovka kae.novak@frontrange.edu
  51. 51. Access Slides at: http://bit.ly/gpracademics

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