SOLsummit2009: Mindmelding with fellow edu-digeratis…


I’ll probably share the audio or video after I’ve actually presented this…

Thanks to Alexandra Pickett, Associate Director at SUNY Learning Network, I’ve been sponsored to speak at SLN SOLsummit 2009 held in Syracuse, NY (a good 2hr 21mins drive).

What’s SOLsummit about?
The SLN SOLSummit, sponsored by the SUNY Learning Network (SLN), is an annual SUNY-wide conference specifically for online instructional designers, directors of online learning, and those interested in online learning environment support, services, and best practices.

What will I be doing?
Besides listening to edu-digeratis including Alex Reid, Shannon Ritter, and George Siemens, I’ll be giving a visual journey through “Leveling Up Students with Blogs: Engineering Active Learning through Game Mechanics”, which I’ve previously only written about. Here’s my talk’s abstract:

Feb 26th, 2:30 – 3:30 SUNY Campus Showcase III:
Kevin Lim, Cyberculturalist, doctoral student in Communication at the University at Buffalo

Leveling Up Students With Blogs: Motivating Active Learning Through Game Mechanics
One challenge of using blogs as educational tools is encouraging students to engage in these public forms of active participation. For students to receive the full benefits of the class blogging experience, they must internalize the goal of intellectual interaction.

To encourage these social interactions, an innovative pedagogical approach in the form of Amy Jo Kim’s game mechanics (2006) can be applied as a viable framework to student blogging communities. This framework also allows educators to achieve both specific and emergent learning outcomes.

This presentation presents the authors’ implementation of gaming mechanics with blogging pedagogy, and will allow educators to observe how learning outcomes were met.

As both authors (Derek Lackaff and I) were each instructors of similar introductory Communication courses (COM125) held on different continents within the same semester, this experience provided for a unique opportunity to compare the adoption of blogs and game mechanics under different cultural contexts.

But wait, there’s something for you…
It’s obvious that not everyone who’s interested in online learning design can be here, so Alexandra has made it a point to be very visible with our pedagogical exchanges.

First, there’s the agenda online, then there’s the @SLNSOLsummit on twitter, photos on flickr tagged summit2009, and best of all… our presentations will all be shared online via this public SOLsummit2009 Slideshare group. Enjoy!

Update: Alexandra is also streaming live video from SOLsummit 2009 via Mogulus.

  • http://ramblinglibrarian.blogspot.com Ivan Chew

    Hey Kev, reading the part about Game Mechanics gave me some contextual framework wrt promoting reading among teens. Hmm… do you have any ideas how libraries can work out some interesting reading promotion ideas? In the US, they usually call it “Summer Reading”. We have similar initiatives in Singapore. Essentially the promotional activities are based on an incentive system rather than game mechanics per se. OK let me re-read that part of your slide again. :)

  • http://ramblinglibrarian.blogspot.com Ivan Chew

    Hey Kev, reading the part about Game Mechanics gave me some contextual framework wrt promoting reading among teens. Hmm… do you have any ideas how libraries can work out some interesting reading promotion ideas? In the US, they usually call it “Summer Reading”. We have similar initiatives in Singapore. Essentially the promotional activities are based on an incentive system rather than game mechanics per se. OK let me re-read that part of your slide again. :)

  • http://ramblinglibrarian.blogspot.com Ivan Chew

    Hey Kev, reading the part about Game Mechanics gave me some contextual framework wrt promoting reading among teens. Hmm… do you have any ideas how libraries can work out some interesting reading promotion ideas? In the US, they usually call it “Summer Reading”. We have similar initiatives in Singapore. Essentially the promotional activities are based on an incentive system rather than game mechanics per se. OK let me re-read that part of your slide again. :)

  • http://ramblinglibrarian.blogspot.com Ivan Chew

    Hey Kev, reading the part about Game Mechanics gave me some contextual framework wrt promoting reading among teens. Hmm… do you have any ideas how libraries can work out some interesting reading promotion ideas? In the US, they usually call it “Summer Reading”. We have similar initiatives in Singapore. Essentially the promotional activities are based on an incentive system rather than game mechanics per se. OK let me re-read that part of your slide again. :)

  • http://ramblinglibrarian.blogspot.com Ivan Chew

    Hey Kev, reading the part about Game Mechanics gave me some contextual framework wrt promoting reading among teens. Hmm… do you have any ideas how libraries can work out some interesting reading promotion ideas? In the US, they usually call it “Summer Reading”. We have similar initiatives in Singapore. Essentially the promotional activities are based on an incentive system rather than game mechanics per se. OK let me re-read that part of your slide again. :)

  • http://ramblinglibrarian.blogspot.com Ivan Chew

    Hey Kev, reading the part about Game Mechanics gave me some contextual framework wrt promoting reading among teens. Hmm… do you have any ideas how libraries can work out some interesting reading promotion ideas? In the US, they usually call it “Summer Reading”. We have similar initiatives in Singapore. Essentially the promotional activities are based on an incentive system rather than game mechanics per se. OK let me re-read that part of your slide again. :)

  • http://ramblinglibrarian.blogspot.com Ivan Chew

    Hey Kev, reading the part about Game Mechanics gave me some contextual framework wrt promoting reading among teens. Hmm… do you have any ideas how libraries can work out some interesting reading promotion ideas? In the US, they usually call it “Summer Reading”. We have similar initiatives in Singapore. Essentially the promotional activities are based on an incentive system rather than game mechanics per se. OK let me re-read that part of your slide again. :)

  • http://ramblinglibrarian.blogspot.com Ivan Chew

    Hey Kev, reading the part about Game Mechanics gave me some contextual framework wrt promoting reading among teens. Hmm… do you have any ideas how libraries can work out some interesting reading promotion ideas? In the US, they usually call it “Summer Reading”. We have similar initiatives in Singapore. Essentially the promotional activities are based on an incentive system rather than game mechanics per se. OK let me re-read that part of your slide again. :)

  • http://ramblinglibrarian.blogspot.com Ivan Chew

    Hey Kev, reading the part about Game Mechanics gave me some contextual framework wrt promoting reading among teens. Hmm… do you have any ideas how libraries can work out some interesting reading promotion ideas? In the US, they usually call it “Summer Reading”. We have similar initiatives in Singapore. Essentially the promotional activities are based on an incentive system rather than game mechanics per se. OK let me re-read that part of your slide again. :)

  • http://ramblinglibrarian.blogspot.com Ivan Chew

    Hey Kev, reading the part about Game Mechanics gave me some contextual framework wrt promoting reading among teens. Hmm… do you have any ideas how libraries can work out some interesting reading promotion ideas? In the US, they usually call it “Summer Reading”. We have similar initiatives in Singapore. Essentially the promotional activities are based on an incentive system rather than game mechanics per se. OK let me re-read that part of your slide again. :)

  • http://ramblinglibrarian.blogspot.com Ivan Chew

    Hey Kev, reading the part about Game Mechanics gave me some contextual framework wrt promoting reading among teens. Hmm… do you have any ideas how libraries can work out some interesting reading promotion ideas? In the US, they usually call it “Summer Reading”. We have similar initiatives in Singapore. Essentially the promotional activities are based on an incentive system rather than game mechanics per se. OK let me re-read that part of your slide again. :)

  • http://ramblinglibrarian.blogspot.com Ivan Chew

    Hey Kev, reading the part about Game Mechanics gave me some contextual framework wrt promoting reading among teens. Hmm… do you have any ideas how libraries can work out some interesting reading promotion ideas? In the US, they usually call it “Summer Reading”. We have similar initiatives in Singapore. Essentially the promotional activities are based on an incentive system rather than game mechanics per se. OK let me re-read that part of your slide again. :)

  • http://ramblinglibrarian.blogspot.com Ivan Chew

    Hey Kev, reading the part about Game Mechanics gave me some contextual framework wrt promoting reading among teens. Hmm… do you have any ideas how libraries can work out some interesting reading promotion ideas? In the US, they usually call it “Summer Reading”. We have similar initiatives in Singapore. Essentially the promotional activities are based on an incentive system rather than game mechanics per se. OK let me re-read that part of your slide again. :)

  • http://ramblinglibrarian.blogspot.com Ivan Chew

    Hey Kev, reading the part about Game Mechanics gave me some contextual framework wrt promoting reading among teens. Hmm… do you have any ideas how libraries can work out some interesting reading promotion ideas? In the US, they usually call it “Summer Reading”. We have similar initiatives in Singapore. Essentially the promotional activities are based on an incentive system rather than game mechanics per se. OK let me re-read that part of your slide again. :)