In this course, I would like to encourage you to be thinking about a major project and the possibility of submission to AERA and other conferences related to gaming and education such as GLS and DiGRA and how we might organize a panel for presentation and consider publishing a paper.

Major Assignments:

1. 6 Blogs – Wiki Jigsaw 10 points each -- 60 possible points
2. Platform game analysis presentation -- 100 possible points
3. Class presentation of lesson plan or arranged assignment -- 100 points
Total possible points -- 260 points

Jigsaw Blog/wiki

This assignment requires that you write about the assigned readings from class and connect them to the ideas that were explored and experienced in class. You will be expected to create your journal on your efolio site, or on a blog site of you choosing.
This system of taking notes will be done in a jigsaw format. Students will be grouped in fours. Each reading assignment will include three of the four students per group blogging about class, and the fourth member of the group will summarize and connect each group members writing on the wiki:
There will be a rotation so three members will have a learning role and blog, and the fourth will summarize and connect on the classwiki,
Scoring for blog journals:
Summarized articles, Salon question, Connected ideas to experience, Created question to extend learning, Presented an idea for classroom use
Summarized articles, Salon question, Connected ideas to experience, Created question to extend learning
Summarized articles, Salon question, Connected ideas to experience
Summarized articles, Salon question

Platform game analysis

For 100 points, please describe your experience using these tools while playing games. In addition, I am not comfortable giving less than an "8" on the rubric. Please be prepared and be ready for a "do over". I will let you know if you need one right off the bat.


Game Journal





Clear idea of schedule, activities, outcomes, implementation with purpose and roles described with explanations of decisions.
Detailed and structured;
shares thought process; links to class work.Uses academic language. Reflections and examples.
Overview of game structure using language from tools. Includes ideas from fiction and non-fiction structure analysis models and relationship to comprehension model and new literacies.
Impression / evaluation of game. Uses language from rubric and gives examples to support positions on rubric ratings
Share experience of group process using criteria from rubric with examples of group-member-greatness and solutions to conflict and challenge. Contributions and reflections from roles are included.


Description of schedule, activities, outcomes goals, work plan, and decisions.
Detailed description of the process of playing the game. Uses academic language.
Good overview of how the game presents information. Uses language from analysis models and makes comparison to comprehension model and new literacies.
Evaluates game and uses language from rubric. Examples.
Shares experience of group. Uses criteria from rubric and describes group success and individual contributions.Role reflections included.


Description of schedule, activities, and outcomes.
Describes process of playing game.
Overview using language from models and relation to comprehension and new literacies.
Evaluates game using rubric language
Shares experience of the group and reflections on roles.

Planning Packet – 10 points
  • Description of how it would be implemented. Please model it. Give some idea of the benefits of having students plan their work.
Game Journal – 10 points
  • Share what you described in your game journal . What was the process of note taking with video games? Were your notes initially perfect? What stages did you go through?
Story Structure analysis – 30 points
  • Description of each stage with examples using academic language related to the comprehension model from the reading by Dubbels. How do these elements from expository and story structures relate to building comprehension. Can you give an example?
Usability rubric – 10 points
  • Describe your impression of the game you played. Give a justification of each score with an example from the game.
Group Presentation – 10 points
  • Each member presents aspect of experience
Group participation – 10 points
  • Group scoring of partners and self.

Total possible points: 100

Final Presentation of Learning






Makes clear connections in presentation to readings, classmates’ writing, and classroom learning.
Provides clear picture of how project/ lesson will work with students/colleagues
Connects lesson to state content specific standards in clear ways where the assessment is the act
Reflection of own work as an individual and groups mentioning examples of success and goal summaries


Makes connections in presentation to readings and classroom learning.
Provides gist of how project/ lesson will work with students/ colleagues
Makes connections to standards, but seems like an add on
Reflection on class


Makes some connections to what happened in class
Attempts but not cohesive
Mentions specific content standards
Talks about class


Stands up and talks about something related to video games
Eats a sandwich or something.

The student will be graded upon successful completion of all assignments on a percentage basis. One assignment may be resubmitted for a grade change. All written assignments will be expected to be composed using APA guidelines and have relations to the readings. An incomplete will only be given under extreme circumstances and must be completed within a six months.
The grading scale
90% to 100%
80% to 90%
70% to 80%
60% to 70%