World of Teachcraft

The Learning Quest Part II

Come explore and discuss the use of MMORPGs (Massively multiplayer online role-playing game) in the classroom. This program is a first of it’s kind exploration of 3D gaming environments and how they can be used for more than simply social networking. Our classroom will be in Second Life – Our laboratory in World of Warcraft. You will receive interdisciplinary training in theory of teambuilding, digital citizenship, media literacies, group facilitation, distributed cognition, dynamic decision support, negotiation and much much more.

No experience required

Never been in World of Warcraft before? No problem – we have lots of instructional help to get you through the first opening rounds in how to create a character, what the core elements of the game are, and how to establish your own presence in WOW so that you can apply these learning principles to the classroom. Rockcliffe University is sponsoring two Guilds in WOW Cataclysm on the Norgannon (US) server:

Alliance: Nunquam Redono
Horde: Nunquam Trado

This is a social guild for educators to gain experience and support in using WOW including dungeons, battlegrounds, raids, professions, and questing. Anyone can join. To sign up contact Phelan Corrimal (info@urockcliffe.com) or Kavon Zenovka (que.jinn@gmail.com) in Second Life or via email. Alternatively you can send an in-world email to Corrimal (Alliance) or Volakna (Horde) for an invitation to the guild(s).

Forum Portion

The classroom portion of the program has you at Rockcliffe University’s digital Second Life Campus on the 4th Wednesday of each month where we will discuss the theoretical and practical applications of theory to both instructional development and teaming environments. Location: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Rockcliffe%20Library/215/73/23

Forum Dates

Jan 26, 2011 – Introduction to Cataclysm
Feb 23, 2011 – Teamwork (Battlegrounds)
Mar 23, 2011 – Markets (Dungeons)
Apr 27, 2011 – Sociology (Guilds)
May 25, 2011 – Psychology (Raids)
Jun 29, 2011 – Extention to Real World Professions
Jul 27, 2011 – Classroom Objectives
Aug 24, 2011 – Measurement and Performance
Sep 28, 2011 – Challenges and Pitfalls
oct 26, 2011 – Supporting Instructional Design
Nov 23, 2011 – Evaluating the Results

Laboratory Portion

The lab portion of the program has you as part of Rockcliffe University’s Alliance and Horde Guilds (Nunquam Redono / Nunquam Trado)  on the US Norgannon server in World of Warcraft. Here you will experience the thrill of the hunt and the challenge of having to make fast dynamic decisions with your classmates for tackling battleground situations, raids, dungeons, and quest objectives.

Check Rockcliffe’s World of Teachcraft website at http://wot.urockcliffe.com for dates and times.

To sign up to the web site contact Kavon Zenovka in Second Life or email que.jinn@gmail.com


The Learning Quest

November 2 – December 16, 2010
6 weeks, 12 sessions plus lab assignments

Come explore and discuss the use of MMORPGs (Massively multiplayer online role-playing game) in the classroom. This program is a first of it’s kind exploration of 3D gaming environments and how they can be used for more than simply social networking. Our classroom will be in Second Life – Our laboratory in World of Warcraft. You will receive interdisciplinary training in theory of teambuilding, digital citizenship, media literacies, group facilitation, distributed cognition, dynamic decision support, negotiation and much much more.

To sign up contact Kavon Zenovka in Second Life or email que.jinn@gmail.com

Classroom Portion (Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5pm PT): The classroom portion of the program has you at Rockcliffe University’s digital Second Life Campus where we will discuss the theoretical and practical applications of theory to both instructional development and teaming environments. Location: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Rockcliffe%20Library/215/73/23

Laboratory Portion (WOW Norgannon Server): The lab portion of the program has you as part of Rockcliffe University’s Alliance Guild (Nunquam Redono) on the Norgannon server in World of Warcraft. Here you will experience the thrill of the hunt and the challenge of having to make fast dynamic decisions with your classmates for tackling battleground situations, raids, dungeons, and quest objectives.

No experience required: Never been in World of Warcraft before? No problem – we have lots of instructional help to get you through the first opening rounds in how to create a character, what the core elements of the game are, and how to establish your own presence in WOW so that you can apply these learning principles to the classroom.

After participating in a 6 week pilot project, you should have experienced, researched and analyzed how this MMORPG could be used in your classroom, online course, after school program or professional development activity.

About World of Warcraft

Reporting over 12 million paying subscribers, World of Warcraft (WoW) is the most popular massively multi-player online role-playing game on the Internet. For this program, you will need to have access to Second Life, World of Warcraft account (allows month to month subscriptions), and register for the Rockcliffe University’s World of Teachcraft WordPress.

Drop-in hours for remedial training ( leveling and PvP) available each week.

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