Storytelling: Video games’ next killer app

A decent introduction, with rich links. Nothing really new, though. The problem, as experts like Ultima creator Richard Garriott and Infocom veteran Steve Meretzky explain in a recent documentary, is that gaming is a relatively young field. Game makers still haven’t mastered their craft the way artists, playwrights and filmmakers have. When compared to more time-honored forms of storytelling, video game creators are just beginning to come to grips with…

Crossing Our C’s: New Media Communication, Composition and Creative Writing

Here are my rough notes, almost liveblogged (posted when I passed through the lobby and had momentary access to WiFi). Laura K. Smith, journalism; TV news background and PR. English and communication arts program. Journalism and j-education going through turmoil as the profession changes in life-altering ways. Technology, convergence, multi platform; changes in our revenue streams; PEW Project for Excellence in Journalism, newspaper revenues down 41% in 3 years, TV…

Mobile Perspectives: On iPadsWhy Mobile? EDUCAUSE Review

We are mindful that questions have been raised about the educational value of an approach to learning so heavily dependent on the experimental use of a very new piece of mobile technology—skeptics have called the iPad a gimmick, a marketing tool, a toy, or a passing technology whim. Yet our faculty and staff believe that mobile technologies are leading to fundamental changes in teaching and learning. — Gawelek, Spataro and…

Designing Education: What Video Game Designers and Rhetoricians Can Learn From Each Other

Overheard as people settle in… “Are we ARGing or LARPing?” These are my rough notes, very lightly edited. Looks like 50 or 60 people — a good crowd. Liz Losh and Bonnie Lenore Kyburz are presenting in separate panels elsewhere… I hope somebody’s blogging there. Chair Matt Davis Samantha Blackmon Designing Education: What Video Game Designer and Compositionists Can Learn From Each Other Refers to Bogost’s def of procedural rhetoric…

Rubrics, Peer Response, and Student Self-Assessment

These are very rough notes; not liveblogged, but posted as I walked through the lobby and got a free wifi connection. SRO Scott Geisel, “Analytical Steps toward Creating Self-Sufficient Writers: Rubrics, Peer Response, and Self Assessment” (Comp and business writing.) There isn’t much research into peer review. Cindy Selfe: “I can’t believe we’re still asking students to do that.” Observes that teachers often comment that the peer review doesn’t always…

Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC 2011)

I am in Atlanta for the big annual conference for writing teachers. I did not attend last year because of a family conflict, but I have attended (and presented in some manner) almost every year since… hm… I’d have to look on my c.v., which I can’t do because the WiFi access is restricted. I was on my way to the opening general session when I ran into a former…