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Massive Learning, Massive Play: Constructing Identity and Community through Text and Interface

A presentation from Jesse Stommel (@jessifer), Sean Michael Morris (@slamteacher), and (@adamheid). In MMOGs 3D graphics-rendered avatars construct the player behind the screen, collaborating with others through shared quests and group responsibilities. In Twitter, identity emerges through dialogue, a networked concoction of text, videos, and graphics. Yet, in today’s MOOCs, identity is almost nonexistent, hidden under layers of hypertexts and tucked deep in forums, or worse, as an enrollment number.

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Massive Learning, Massive Play: Constructing Identity and Community through Text and Interface

  1. 1. Massive Learning, Massive Play: Constructing Identity and Community through Text and Interface Adam Heidebrink-Bruno (@adamheid) Sean Michael Morris (@slamteacher) Jesse Stommel (@Jessifer) Photo by wvs
  2. 2. The interface of any given system is calibrated to favor particular user-engagements. Photo by Zsolt Halasi
  3. 3. Argument By Design: How MOOC Platforms and MMOG Interfaces Inform Digital Pedagogies Adam Heidebrink-Bruno @adamheid
  4. 4. The interface plays a key role in defining our relationship both with the system and how we identify ourselves within the system. Photo by ap
  5. 5. In any given digital environment, users are required to act according to its laws.The interface, then, enforces those laws.
  6. 6. EdX: Discussion Forums
  7. 7. Coursera: Discussion Forums
  8. 8. Canvas: Discussion Forums
  9. 9. Narrative Play in World of Warcraft ! Sean Michael Morris (@slamteacher) Photo by visualpanic
  10. 10. Even though my body doesn’t even change positions, even though I’m still staring at the same screen,World of Warcraft represents a whole different internet for me.
  11. 11. World of Warcraft is a deeply involving social experience, and one that motivates learners to return again and again to the interface. But it is also a learning environment.
  12. 12. Photo by Celeste The Twitter-verse asVirtual World: Selves and Landscapes in the Textual Interface ! Jesse Stommel (@jessifer)
  13. 13. i Follow Along bit.ly/twitterworld
  14. 14. i In MMOGs 3D graphics-rendered avatars construct the player behind the screen, collaborating with others through shared quests and group responsibilities. In Twitter, identity emerges through dialogue, a networked concoction of text, videos, and graphics.Yet, in today’s MOOCs, identity is almost nonexistent, hidden under layers of hypertexts and tucked deep in forums, or worse, as an enrollment number.
  15. 15. Learning is a social experience, and it can and does happen within each of the communities listed above.The impact of that learning, however, is largely determined by the user’s ability to identify as a participant within the given interface.Without that critical moment of self-realization, the user will remain anonymous and the engagement will become just another blind interaction and no more self-aware than a simple algorithm. Photo by Stéfan
  16. 16. ThankYou! Photo by flickr user Dirigentens

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