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

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 | [email protected] 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 […]

Just in time for the start of term…The Guide to Simulations and Games

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The Guide to Computer Simulations and Games, 1st(+1) edition almost done.

We are almost there. The publisher webpage is up, and we are offering a free preview that includes the first two chapters. We have regained […]

Worth Sharing: The genetic fallacy: When is it okay to criticize a source? | The Logic of Science

Not new, but an excellent take on the issue. Last week, I wrote a post on the hierarchy of scientific evidence which included the figure […]

Is Contemporaneous Grading More Consistent than Grading over a Long Period?

I have an education question for anyone with expertise in assessment: Are there any studies examining the notion that marking all of one assignment/paper contemporaneously […]

Worth Sharing: Why Design Thinking is bullshit

With a Hat-Tip to Alex Bruton for sharing this. This is yet another one of these “hot new terms” that people like to say in […]

Worth Sharing: Would College Students Retain More If Professors Dialed Back The Pace?

Why do we forget so much of what we read? Anthropologist Barbara J. King suggests that the answer might point toward benefits of a slower […]

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