Last time we spoke to Peter Argent from Coder Factory. Today we introduce you to Dr. Bron Stuckey (@bronst) who will be a mentor for Sydney Startup Weekend EDU 2014
Here’s our conversation with Bron about learning communities and gamification in education. Read on…
I am a consultant specialist in game play, gamification, communities of practice and learning communities. I have been engaged in educational community and games in learning development for the past 15 years. And am now a post doctoral research fellow of the Arizona State University Center for Games & Impact and director of my own educational consultancy.
I have worked to explore virtual worlds, games in learning and how we can cultivate identity, agency, citizenship, leadership, and community for students and teachers. My role in the global communities of PLANE, Massively Minecraft and Quest Atlantis has lead to some breakthrough understandings about how gaming and digital citizenship need to be treated as a lived curriculum.
I have been invited to speak internationally on issues of games in learning and gamification and will be presenting in early 2014 at the Gamification Summit in San Francisco and the Serious Play Summit in July, speaking on gamification for community cultivation.
What is your area of expertise?
My areas of expertise are several:
- games in learning
- educational communities
- networking and communities of practice
- professional learning
- social learning contexts.
What motivated you to go into the above areas?
I was motivated by a realization that games and virtual world offered students access to rich often highly authentic or creative learning experiences. These experiences are as individuals or as part of diverse communities formed around MMO game environments. I work to encourage teachers to also learn in these environments and have trained teachers around the globe to use virtual worlds and games in their teaching.
Most recently gamification has been an interesting coming together of my passions; community, games and learning. I have researched, designed and evaluation games and game inspired programs for professional learning and curriculum programs in schools. As I encounter them I am blogging about these cases on my Community Capers blog http://communitycapers.
What are your expectations from the SWEDU event?
What do you think schools/colleges would look like in 5 years?
What are the trends/challenges that you see for education in the future?
What are some ways to keep updated about Edtech news/events in Sydney?
To keep up with EdTech I am part of a number of online groups. But I found I needed to balance that with the option for face-to-face exchange of knowledge and I jumped at the chance to join the Sydney Edutech group. I have attended a number of sessions and I find the mix of educators, designers, programmers and enterprise engagement makes for a very fertile dialog. While being engaged online can be effective you just can’t beat the personalization and serendipity of meeting and exchanging ideas face-to-face.
About #sydswedu 2014
When: 27th June 2014 – 29th June 2014
Where: Muru-D Campus, 363 Oxford St., Paddington, NSW Australia.
Event Website: http://sydneyedu.startupweekend.org/
Tickets: Please purchase your tickets at the Eventbrite page