Intro to Open Education - The Game

David Wiley, iterating toward openness, Nov 27, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I can just picture David Wiley scratching his chin and wondering, "What will we do this time?" What he will do this time is to offer his open online course as as a massively multiplayer role-playing game "in which students select a character class, develop specialized expertise, complete a series of individual quests, join a Guild, and work with members of their Guild to accomplish quests requiring a greater breadth of skills than any one student possesses." Good idea, but I don't like the 'quests', which are indistinguishable from assignments. For example, "Carefully review at least 100 pages of historical information on the open education movement. Pass a basic-level oral defense on the history of the movement or write a substantive summary article on the same topic."
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