Becker Blog

My name is Katrin Becker. This is my blog. It is about Digital Games, Gamification, Educational Technology, Computer Science, Academia, and sometimes Rural Life and other notions. Comments are welcome but will be edited as necessary to maintain relevance.

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Worth Sharing: Education Is Performance Art

The first job of a teacher is to make the student fall in love with the subject. That doesn’t have to be done by waving […]

Grades: The Random Factor, Problem 2

Problem 1, as outlined yesterday is that we really have no objective way of ensuring that our exams actually ‘cover’ the course content. Now, what […]

The Randomness of Grades: What is an ‘A’ Student?

We all have a sense of what an ‘A’ Student is. They are the ones who have earned our top marks, of course. But comparing […]

Kua Creation Tale, as Retold by Helga Ingeborg Vierich

Written by Helga Ingeborg Vierich (*) The Kua told me one of their sacred stories – of the beginning times – in which the creator […]

What’s the difference between serious games, educational games, and game-based learning?

This question keeps coming up. Here’s a handy table to help. This is an updated version of the table I created back in 2015. Note: […]

What’s the difference between serious games, educational games, and game-based learning? Episode 2

I recently posted a table explaining the differences between games, serious games, educational, games, GBL, etc.   I thought a concrete example might help to […]

Worth Sharing: How Long Does It Take to Develop One Hour of Training? Updated for 2017

This article is an update to a study that tried to answer the question: How long it takes to design one hour of instruction? Source: […]

“Artspeak”, meet “Edspeak” – same S#!+, different pile.

The inflated style is itself a kind of euphemism. A mass of Latin words falls upon the facts like soft snow, blurring the outlines and […]

Smart Watches in Exams? Why NOT?!

The question of what to do about smart watches in exams came across my feed. Predictably, the typical response is to simply not allow them. […]

On Grief And Farming (A.K.A. Me and My Arrow) Pt. 5

  Once we knew we would not be able to keep Rubic, we started looking for a replacement. This is one of the many many […]

On Grief And Farming (A.K.A. Me and My Arrow) Pt. 3

Just so you know, at the time of this writing, Arrow is still with us, but he’s been slowing down for some time, and is […]

On Grief And Farming (A.K.A. Me and My Arrow) Pt. 4

Arrow grew into the absolute most trustworthy guardian any human could ever hope to ask for. He steadfastly REFUSED to harm ANYTHING (that didn’t belong […]

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