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Join us for the 8th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium, April 22-24, 2015 at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel, Dallas, TX
CFP will open October 1, 2014

Check out the Conference Wrap-up pages from the 2014 conference. 

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Watch the Keynote Address
Reclaim Learning: A Domain of One's Own
Keynoter Jim Groom, University of Mary Washington, shares innovations that support the ethos of open environments for online teaching and learning. 

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22st Annual OLC International Conference
November 16-18, 2016 | Orlando, Florida | Walt Disney World Swan/Dolphin Resort

OLC Innovate 2016 - Innovations in Blended and Online Learning
April 20-22, 2016 | New Orleans, LA | Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

A.R.G. + C.I. + P.B.L. = Better Learning

Jeff D Borden (Chaminade University, USA)
Rob Kadel (Pearson, USA)
Additional Authors
Liane Wardlow (Pearson, USA)
Session Information
April 10, 2014 - 2:30pm
Innovative Media and Tools
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Research Study
Institutional Level: 
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Information Session
Lone Star C4
Session Duration: 
50 Minutes
Information Session 6
Virtual Session

Join our global game or build one yourself with our template.

Extended Abstract

In 2010, Dr. Jeff Borden presented a "Best In-Track" presentation: A.R.G. - Creating Alternate Reality Games for the Classroom.

In 2014, Dr. Borden and his Center for eLearning, look to run a large-scale, simulated immersive game (S.I.G.) by which to teach and assess multiple disciplines, connecting thousands of students and teachers / subject matter experts, and promoting deep learning.

The "recipe" for this gamified experience will be showcased during this session. Based on research as well as experience, the template incorporates best in class ideas from Dr. Jane McGonigal, Dr. Karl Kapp, and others. Participants will see how the game is progressing and (potentially) be able to join in as a section. Sometimes described as MOOC v2, this S.I.G. will employ social media and rich mobile application to connect users to content, game elements, peers, and experts (including, but not limited to their own instructor).

As well, used as a template, 3 colleges and universities have already taken this recipe and created their own S.I.G. for local consumption. Part of the power of this model is how flexible it is for on-ground, hybrid, and fully online delivery, as well as the potential for integrating curricula from multiple disciplines. At the heart of the game is the creativity of the "Puppet Master" team (aka Subject Matter Expertise Leaders). As well, the open-ended nature of the game allows institutions and organizations to craft a multi-week, even multi-term experience if desired.

Can constructivistic, problem based learning, as well as gamified learning, authentic assessment, tied-to-life outcomes, and meaningful tension be performed at scale? This session hopes to answer those questions but more importantly, the S.I.G. being used as a research study hopes to prove it. We believe this alphabet soup of educational strategies and initiatives can connect learners around the globe in a real world experience teaching everything from science to journalism to political science.

So, ask yourself - do you want to play a game? If so, we can show you how to make one or join ours. We believe learning will never be the same...

The facilitators (members of the Center for eLearning) are seasoned presenters who will not leave the audience bored or unengaged. Each participant will leave the session with a usable template by which to start crafting a local or border-crossing game. As well, participants will have the opportunity to join the SIG set for Summer (2014). Finally, participants will leave with materials and resources (including the presenters) to be a helpful reference guide.

Lead Presenter

Dr. Jeff Borden, Chief Academic Officer at eCollege is a consultant, speaker, professor, comedian, and trainer, all while working at Pearson. As a university professor at Chaminade University and past college administrator, Jeff has assisted faculty, administrators, executives, and even politicians in conceptualizing and designing eLearning programs globally. Recently Jeff testified before the U.S. Congress' Education Committee, keynoted a 6,000 audience member conference in Asia, presented in the NMC Virtual Symposium for the Future, and has been asked to determine the “Academic Vision” for eCollege where he reports directly to the President. To read Jeff's blog or get more information, check out: