MERLOT Conference 2009 – San Jose

Gaming in a Standards-based World

Posted in Conference Info by Dorothy Fuller on August 11, 2009


I’m almost packed and ready to fly to San Jose for the MERLOT International Conference, 2009. I can’t wait! Looking over the program I recognize the lady in a shoe boutique feeling: So many wonderful things to try! So many choices to make! But Midwestern practicality is strong, and I find that my choices run to searching out items that will support both my teaching needs and my techno desires.

In my teaching world I, along with many of my colleagues, feel squeezed between the requirements of standards-based teaching and the growing demand to retool courses with more technology and greater levels of learner interactivity. In that environment, I found myself scanning the program for games and simulations that merge leadership theory with personal practice. It didn’t take me long to find an exquisite pair.

Juliette Bourdier is offering “Teaching/Learning with Gamelets” on Friday afternoon, 5:30 – 6:00 in the Monterey Room. This presentation focuses on the development of simulations that help learners generalize their knowledge, skills and concepts from the classroom to their positions and responsibilities in the world of work.

On Sunday morning, 11:30 – 12:00,  In “Got Game? Serious Games for Education,” Jeff Borden will be inviting all who come to the Carmel Room to participate in a game of educational clue so that we can gain first hand experience in how a game can be designed and integrated into the curriculum to meet learning outcomes and content objectives.

Wow, what a deal! Classy and practical all at the same time! I’m looking forward to seeing you there.

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