An Introduction to Game Studies and rgMOOC 2
- Game Studies is a growing interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary field that involves the study of game systems, game design, and gameplay through lenses such as psychology, philosophy, rhetoric, architecture, physics, semiotics, engineering, linguistics, etc. The exciting field is quickly capturing the attention of academics from multiple disciplines who want to understand the meaning of play in today's world, of which communication is primarily contextualized by the web, social media, and digital games.rgMOOC 2, or "Rhetoric and Composition: The Persuasive Power of Video Games as Paratexts" bit.ly/rgmoocourse, is the second version of a pilot and an experimental rhetoric, connectivist, and game-based massive open online course that explores game studies. rgMOOC 2 is a free and open course, and will run 10-weeks between September 2, 2013 - November 10, 2013. This course is co-created by Sherry Jones and Kate Guthrie Caruso, and is completely free and open for anyone to take (we welcome gamers, non-gamers, writers, educators, or enthusiastic learners to join us!).Given the title of the course, your immediate questions may be: 1) what is a paratext?; 2) how are video games persuasive? Throughout this course, we will go over theories in rhetoric, such as "procedural rhetoric," to help you understand why digital games are socio-political texts that actually make claims about the physical world. We will go over writing composition and textual strategies with which to participate in collaborative writing exercises. Essentially, we will learn to play, analyze, and write about digital games together. rgMOOC 2 will be organized based on the theories of connectivism and game-based learning, so do expect to use a variety of social media tools to complete co-writing exercises that will help improve your writing skills through gaming. We will also be exploring the world of Minecraft in the coming weeks! See the rgMOOC 2 Fall 2013 Trailer below for a sneak peek at what we will be covering in this innovative course:
rgMOOC 2 Fall 2013 Trailer (Sneak Peek)
- Here is rgMOOC 2 in action! Enjoy the preview.
rgMOOC 2 in Minecraft!
- For this second version of rgMOOC, we will also be exploring the sandbox landscape of Minecraft! In collaboration with Kae Novak, the master instructor and learning engineer of Games MOOC, International Society of Technology in Education - Special Interest Group - Gaming and Virtual Education (ISTE SIGVE), Inevitable Betrayal Guild of G.A.M.E., FRCC, and CCCOnline, we have co-created a server for our respective MOOCs, Guilds, and Colleges to stake our claim in the world of Minecraft! Below is a video tour of our rgMOOC 2 Sanctuary in Minecraft by Stephen Getter @TheGameMole, who is our in-house Game Designer and Gameplay Specialist:
- If this sounds exciting to you (whether or not you are a gamer), please join us today! Enroll yourself as a participant in the course, and register in the rgMOOC 2 Registration Form below to get the latest updates on what we will cover in the course:
rgMOOC 2 Course Site
- rgMOOC 2 is open access and free for all participants! Self-enroll at the course site below to become a participant now! We welcome gamers, non-gamers, writers, educators, or enthusiastic learners to join us!
rgMOOC 2 Registration Form
- Register in the form below to receive the latest news on upcoming events happening in rgMOOC 2!
- From September 2 - November 10, 2013, we will be covering a variety of complex and fascinating topics for 10 weeks. Each week is accompanied by a variety of digital games, popular writings, and scholarly texts on current topics in game studies and rhetoric studies. Preview the 10 weeks' topics below:Week 1 - Games as Art + Game Genres as LensesWeek 2 - Paratextuality of GamesWeek 3 - Game Situations + Game MechanicsWeek 4 - Procedural Rhetoric of Game RulesWeek 5 - Game Claims + AssumptionsWeek 6 - Game Purpose, Situation, Claims, AudienceWeek 7 - Game Evaluation via Aristotelian TriangleWeek 8 - Game Refutation + ResearchWeek 9 - Proposals + Make a Game!Week 10 - Gaming Platforms + Game Competition!As there are many approaches to game studies, rgMOOC 2 approaches games studies by applying Rhetoric and Composition to analyzing the anatomy of digital games. This means that participants will be playing and writing about video games for all 10 weeks by completing rigorous writing exercises. Through gaming, we expect participants to develop rhetorically effective writing skills by composing via digital mediums, and gain a deeper understanding of how games reflect and influence cultural and political values in the real world.
Insights We Have Gained from rgMOOC 1 (May 28 - August 1, 2013)
- After running rgMOOC 1, which ran from May 28 - August 1, 2013, we have gained some valuable student feedback about their experience in this revolutionary MOOC. We ran a concurrent hybrid course at Arapahoe Community College (ACC), in which students were able to take rgMOOC 1 while meeting once a week with us in a physical classroom. Currently, only ACC students are able to receive college credit for successfully completing rgMOOC, while non-ACC rgMOOC participants will have the opportunity to earn a rgMOOC Completion Badge by fulfilling course requirements. Watch the video below to learn what ACC students think about rgMOOC 1:
rgMOOC Conference Tour!
- Our adventure with rgMOOC continues to the conference arena. The Slideshare below is our August 7, 2013 presentation at Colorado Teaching and Learning with Technology 2013 (COLTT 2013) conference that explains the theories and methods used in rgMOOC 1. The theory, gMOOC, or Game-Based MOOC (the term is co-founded by Sherry Jones (Professor of Philosophy, Rhetoric, and Composition) and Jack Park (Founder of the Knowledge Gardening Theory)), is a new type of MOOC designed with the combination of game-based learning, gamification, narrative, role-playing, and connectivist theories. gMOOC goes beyond cMOOC and connectivism by incorporating game-based thinking in the UX design of the learning platform and experience. As of August 24, 2013, the Slideshare has been viewed by more than 1750 professionals and academics at an exponential rate (and still growing), an indication that ideas of gMOOC and rgMOOC are gaining traction in the academic world and in the MOOC universe. See a sneak preview of what we will cover in rgMOOC 2 in the slides below:
rgMOOC 2 in the News!