OK I can't take the suspense anymore....who's here, why did you sign up, what are you hoping to get out of it? :)
I'll begin by introducing myself. Lisa Dawley, professor and chair of the EdTech program at Boise State. I'll be heading out on a year-long sabbatical starting July 1, but it's filled with fun projects, like 3D GameLab, so I'm sure you'll be able to find me! Me blog: http://lisadawley.wordpress.com
My main avatar in GameLab and World of Warcraft is Shallow. In Second Life, I'm Mali Young. Call me whatever you like. I've been working with Chris now for several years. We seem to build things together, EdTech Island, the CAVE sim, and over the last year or so, 3D GameLab. We consider ourselves designers of learning technologies, and it's becoming a stronger area of focus for me as time goes on. While on sabbatical, I'll be establishing a learning technology design lab at Boise State, so expect more cool projects, tools, curriculum and media from folks working with the EdTech program, as well as in the local and global community.
What am I hoping for GameLab? I hope it becomes a free online social network for quest-based learning, accessible to anyone, anywhere, with a mobile device or computer. Free education on any topic, built by teachers and designers who have a passion for creating engaging learning, captivating millions of learners around our globe. I hope to bring the joy and playfulness of learning to others through a quest and game based environment. I hope we can support and expand learner choice in the learning experience, and better value and appreciate the uniqueness and diversity that we all have as human beings. I hope we can blow the doors off factory models of education, and reconsider what it means to be a digital learner, teacher, and human. And, along the way, I hope to meet cool people who have similar goals or interests (or maybe not so similar), and work together to literally build our hopes for education and things we haven't even yet dreamed. Onward!
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