Some (More) Thoughts on Gamification

  #Gamification can combat a flawed 'Ps Get Degrees' culture & shift focus away from bare minimum behavior patterns. Thoughts? #ALC203 #ALC708 pic.twitter.com/5Lgj6ESCP0 — Adam Brown (@digitalzones) April 19, 2017 If you don’t want to read this blog, you could always visit the thread of comments that ensued below the above tweet and get a…

Celebrity Culture and Role Reversals

Often when I turn on the car radio these days, I instantly wonder whether I’ll get to hear Joe. I probably sometimes have this thought even when it’s not during his weekend shift or perhaps even when I’m not tuned in to Gold 104.3 Melbourne to get a nostalgic boost of music from my younger…

Thinking Outside the Box

Getting a bit creative about #copyright and @creativecommons… How many times do you think I failed b4 getting this right? #ALC203 #ALC708 pic.twitter.com/6aH4bf0pg7 — Adam Brown (@digitalzones) March 21, 2017 Everyone knows what it feels like to be restricted by rules, stifled by conventions, controlled by laws. Being deprived of one’s freedom isn’t a serious…

Turning Over Leaves: On Failure and Renewal

A few months ago, I failed. I had set myself the ambitious goal of blogging for the Our Gamified World site once a week. This seemed to be the ideal way to keep generating content relating to the web series while we were taking a break after our Level 1 episodes. I took pride in…

Tiff, the Beach, and Human Experience

Did I really take Tiffany to the beach last week? And if she went, was I really there? Are we missing out on the experience by trying to ‘capture the moment’? I thought I’d use this blog to consider this question by expanding on a story I told in a video I made for teaching…

Lifelong Learning: Lessons from a Spider

Many – maybe most – people are not the greatest fans of spiders, so much so that I’m cautious about using images that (hopefully) won’t trigger arachnophobia. They’re not my favourite creature either, but I do owe them my gratitude for a lesson one of their kind once taught me… When I was a sessional…

Eat the Bagel, or, There Is No Try

Do or do not. There is no try. – Yoda I recently responded to a student tweet with the above quotation. The student had mentioned something they were hoping to (would ‘try to’) do over the next week or so. I can’t remember who the student was, or what exactly they were aspiring to create…

Sometimes Things Go Wrong: Embracing Failure and Imperfection

Sometimes things can go wrong, but it doesn’t mean they can’t be right too. I’ve been thinking for a while now about compiling all of the bloopers from teaching videos I’ve made since 2013 into one collection. There are precious few usable stuff-ups that I haven’t put online in some form anyway. Such things can…

What is KAOS?: The Value of Mystery

THIS IS SPARTA KAOS!! Well, I guess this may have grabbed your attention… These days, it seems that movie trailers are getting longer and longer, and as a result showing more and more of a film’s action, jokes, and even major plot points – yes, I’m looking at you Batman vs. Superman! In a sense,…

Online Etiquette: Remembering the ‘Social’ in Social Media

My sister and I are best friends. You wouldn’t know it judging from a recent text message conversation we had… at least if you’re reading it from the outside. In fact, I’ve played up this kind of antagonism in a teaching video I made a few years ago, and in various other places since. It’s…