I have been invited to give a keynote at the forthcoming Game To Learn: Take 2 JISC Scotland/Consolarium conference in Dundee, March 17th to 19th. My remit was for something provocative, bold, and possibly disruptive about the potential benefits of games like World of Warcraft for higher education.
Image: Cleaning Woman with Character?
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Persist or Die! Learning in World of Warcraft
Michelle A. Hoyle
“All you need to understand is everything you know is wrong.”—Weird Al
My mother told me cleaning toilets builds character if done repeatedly. The other night five friends spent more than three hours dying over and over again while playing World of Warcraft (WoW). She never said anything about dying. I found cleaning toilets only gets you clean toilets. Dying and playing, however, teaches you important things. Demons, dragons, dwarves, and possibly folklore, you could see, but learning, love, and leadership?
Sounds crazy, but it’s true: World of Warcraft has something to say about learning. Prepare yourself, because everything you thought you knew is wrong.
My talk will be on Friday, March 18th. The conference is free to attend. Perhaps I’ll see you there?
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