While several campus organizations such as WDCV and the college farm use Facebook as a way interacting with the community, Dickinson faculty make greater user of Twitter. Some of our favorite examples:
- Ed Webb – Professor Webb’s personal Twitter feed focuses on the Middle East. By continually engaging with a wider audience he’s able to bring his students into a wider discussion with other users from around the world.
- Dave Richeson – Professor Richeson uses Twitter as a way of interacting with colleagues with news and questions about math and teaching.
- Dickinson College Commentaries – The official Twitter feed of the Dickinson College Commentaries project maintained by Professor Francese includes discussion on the classics, digital humanities and updates from DCC.
View Test in a larger map
We haven’t had many new case examples for gaming recently. Peacemaker is still very popular for Middle Eastern Studies and Conflict Resolution. Ed Webb’s “Empires” course still uses my Civ IV mod. Fold-it and Global Warming Interactive are still used for a couple “dry labs” in the sciences. But these are also all fairly old, and we’ve had some set backs as well. Blizzard has cracked down on US players connecting to European servers, so I can’t play WoW with my students in Germany any longer. The Civ series has also been disappointing since the original Civ IV. Colonization was a disappointingly simplistic and stereotypical simulation of the colonial period. While Civ V added some interesting elements with the social policy, they also greatly simplified or eliminated economic issues of expansion, the role of religion, and the factors involved in bilateral relations.
On the positive side, I was very happy to Majong Chem on Bryan Alexander’s Twitter feed. It does pretty much what you’d expect. Depending on the game you select, if you’re familiar with the combinations for elements and oxidation, solubility or their own charges, you can eliminate blocks by matching pairs of the element names, symbols, or number of electrons. The topics are all common in Chem 101 courses, so we’ve had one professor suggest it to her students for review already. I’d rather see a game where students had to apply their knowledge of chemistry to achieve some higher level task, but it’s a start.
This blog will be moving next week to http://blogs.dickinson.edu/edtech. Hopefully with a broader topic, I’ll write more.
So far we have Sarah in China and Matthew in Spain. Looking forward to some post from Germany soon and hope to find some students in France and Japan!