In the beginning there were blogs

Hello everyone, I am proud to be participating in Connected via Chico State this Fall semester. My name is Derek Swain and I am currently a third year Grad Student at Chico State, who is working closely with Dr Jaxon on a Thesis concerning the implementation of Augmented Reality Games or Alternative Reality Games in different domains that have a pedagogical efficacy. To that effect, I’ve started calling myself the gaming guy. I look forward to participating in this community both as a way to gain and share ideas but also potentially get some constructive feedback on the ideas I am trying to work through.

Only the Beginning…

Hello, all, and welcome to CSU, Chico Connected 2014. My name is Jeremy Wallace and I’m a Graduate student here at California State University, Chico. I want to first tell you that I am in awe and inspired by the work that all of you out there are doing and am thankful to be apart of this. In being apart of connected learning spaces like these where sharing our ideas seems key, my hopes are that we can improve upon the foundation laid before us by scholars in the way of teaching literature and incorporate new tools and practices into the classroom in order to better connect and engage with the 21st century student. I appreciate all and any comments/help that you give and look forward to a wonderful experience here. Thanks,

Resource Starter Kit


Hi everyone,

I took the plans you shared last night and created a first stab at a resource list HERE.

I think we should form some reading groups. I know one group will be working with the Jenkin’s book (reading and participatory culture). Perhaps others of you want to jump into some game theory and read a similar text together? Maybe start with James Gee or Jane McGonigal? Maybe another group start in digital humanities or open web?

Let’s use this Google Doc as a way to sign up to read together: you could put your name next to texts or areas you want to read in over the next two weeks and find partners/groups to read with you.

Hi this is my first attempt at WordPress

Thanks for stopping by and welcome to my new blog! This is just an introductory post so I’ll keep it short and sweet.

I decided to start a blog because I [what inspired you start a blog?]

Over the next few months I plan to be writing and sharing posts about [what topics will you be writing about?]

That’s it for now! If you’d like to be kept updated with my posts “Like” this post or subscribe to my blog.

“There and Back Again” (remix style)

Happy Thursday everyone, I have to say that getting back into the groove of researching has been such a good feeling this past week. I never realized that transitioning back into “student” mode after a year long hiatus would be so challenging, but it’s all starting to feel right again. So, this is my blog. Welcome. Here I’m plan on outlining my research throughout the semester. As of right now (10:48am on Thursday the 4th of September) my idea is this: Watching the Aaron Swartz documentary really made me realize that while I embrace the idea of Open Access, I’ve never really taken the time to look into what it’s all about, whose supporting it, how it has evolved over time, etc. So this first week, that is what I’m going to do. From there, I am going to hone in on what is going on in the community of “Digital Pedagogy”, meaning I want to get myself up to date with some of the practices that other educators/students are experiences in terms of how digital platforms are being used in a classrooms setting. I’ll spend about two weeks on this topic and then transition (YET AGAIN) to researching what I really want to know; how are we utilizing gaming (specifically MMO’s) or other digital modes of education (like google glasses) to move our education system forward. Boom! Plan….kind of…Ok so in all honesty, these next few weeks are a trial run. There is a very large possibility that I scratch this idea and go a different direction. However, this is how I landed on this current idea (yes I’m going to tell you because it is my blog and I can tell you what I want to…tehe). Over this past year of not being a full-time student and working/doing homework in my spare time, I became reacquainted with one of my all time favorite pastimes: gaming.  More specifically, I was able to experience a new genre of gaming known as MMO (massively multiplayer online game). I slowly began to engage in League of Legends Community, World of Warcraft Community, and (my favorite) the Final Fantasy: A Realm Reborn Community. I will say that, like every community, there are positive aspects to the online gaming community, and there are some very negative aspects. For some of the games, the community embraced those who were entering into a new community of practice (i.e. novice = noob). And other games had created a culture that downright bullied and tore down those who just starting out. I soon found myself leaving these more toxic communities, and only returning to them when I could play with a group of friends that I knew were encouraging and supportive. So what did I learn from this and why does it matter? I learned that my gaming experience was driven by the community that I built within these worlds, which led me to wonder, why aren’t we bringing MMO’s into the classroom so that students can not only build a positive community base, but also so they can “experience learning” instead of just “forcing learning”. For example, when I entered into a world where I could both develop myself as an individual AND reach out to a support system when I needed help, I was more driven to keep questing and move forward with the plot of the game. Even when our group lost a fight, the attitude wasn’t negative, it was “Okay everyone, let’s make another strategy and try it again”. Why can’t all students experience this attitude in the classroom?!?!?! So yes, this is essentially what I’m trying to look at. This notion of digital community and learning. So, if ya’ll want to see how I plan to tackle this thing, I have re-mixed Kim’s calendar into my own device and plan on updating it as my research moves forward. CLICK HERE to see it. More to come friends! GO team! 2cf9cbe87655ba4f88bda6992d340c55

#Hello Digital World

Hello! My name is Cisco Arriola  and I am currently a second year graduate student at Chico State. I am really excited to be part of Dr. Kim Jaxon’ seminar: Digital Cultures and Literacies.  I’m looking forward to learn more about how digital world can helps us teach and engage students for this technological rich society.

Being apart of the connected learning course is very exciting and excellent way to exchange/share knowledge. I am very excited to see what this class has to offer the rest of the semester.