The Beckerblog

My name is Katrin Becker. This is my blog. It is about Digital Games, 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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Posts by The Beckerblog

What Traditional Classroom Grading Gets Wrong – and how to fix it.

Approximate Reading Time: 4 minutes Source: What Traditional Classroom Grading Gets Wrong (G)rading policies—which appear to be an objective, fair, and accurate method to describe […]

Worth Sharing: Making Sure Yours is not a ‘Pointless Exercise’

Approximate Reading Time: 3 minutes Not a ‘Pointless Exercise’ Briefly, Martini noticed that her students didn’t seem to get the connections she had hoped they […]

Protecting Our Natural Spaces to Save Ourselves

Approximate Reading Time: 4 minutes So, here’s an idea for dealing with ways to protect our natural resources. And, just to be clear, I am […]

Has Gamification Jumped the Shark?

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes Badges, Points, and Leader-boards, oh my! I’m working on a book – a series, actually – about gamifying learning, only […]

WRONG: The Animal You Spot First Says a Lot About Your Personality

Approximate Reading Time: 1 minute No, it doesn’t. Sheesh. However, it says a LOT about the graphic design. The lion has a lovely DARK frame […]

Worth Sharing: Turn Your Classroom Irritation Into Compassion

Approximate Reading Time: 1 minute It’s all too easy to be annoyed by students’ questions, until you realize their confusion might be your fault. Source: […]

The Club Theory of Teaching and Learning

Approximate Reading Time: 1 minuteOr – How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Blue Rule I have a colleague (thanks Patrick) who has […]

It’s all a matter of point of view… (the 2018 version)

Approximate Reading Time: 1 minuteI first posted this note back in 2009. It’s time for a new edition … for a computer scientist, everything is […]

“Serious” games and the role of gaming beyond entertainment – Calgary Journal Online

Approximate Reading Time: 1 minuteBy Jasper McGregor | jmcgregor@cjournal.ca Oct 11, 2018 Video games are changing as rapidly as our reliance on them, serving functions […]

Worth Sharing: Mieke Bal: Let’s Abolish the Peer-Review System – Media Theory

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutesEXCELLENT article. I have experienced many of these issues myself. As an adjunct and sessional instructor, I am treated as “less […]

Evolution of the “Good” vs “Bad” Gamification Chart, PART 2.

Approximate Reading Time: 9 minutes  This is the response to Ian Schreiber’s comments from the original draft post. (THANK YOU for the help!) Points Point […]

Worth Sharing: (Deliberate) practice makes perfect: how to become an expert in anything

“Appropriate practice is the single most neglected aspect of effective instruction.” (Merrill, 2001) This is one of MANY reasons why gamification can be helpful in […]

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