Welcome to my new page. At the moment, it is extremely bare. That is by design. Since I am teaching an introductory course on web development, I am going back to the basics and creating an example page for my students, using JUST the tags that we are learning about in class. Watch this site as we introduce new tags and techniques!
I'm pretty much interested in everything and am the epitome of a life-long learner. No sooner am I done with a degree than I am considering enrolling for another one. Even at this momement, I am considering one or two. There is always something new to learn!!
About a year ago, I received my Ed.D. in Teaching and Learning at the University of Minnesota – Duluth. My emphasis was on educational technology with a particular focus on the educational uses of computer and videogames and the cultural, social, and policy issues that this raises. What I really wanted to do was improve online education through playful, experiential learning in sites such as Second Life, Gaia Online, and World of Warcraft.
Yes, I research games. It's a rough life.
Prior to getting my doctorate, I put my B.A. in Philosophy (with a minor in Classical Studies) from St. Olaf College and my B.S. in Computer Science (math minor) from the University of Minnesota to good use as a software developer, trainer, and consultant.
Somewhere along the line, I picked up an M.Ed. in Educational Technology from the University of Minnesota and spent a year mucking around the Curriculum and Instruction Department at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
I have a husband who also works at UWW - at the Young Auditorium. I strongly encourage you to check out their season and enjoy live theater and music! As much as I love digital media and online communities, there is something also uniquely valuable in attending live performances.
My only daughter is in graduate school, working on her Ph.D. in computer science. While I can't take any credit, I am very proud of her and the work she is doing!
We also have two pets. One very lovable collie and one very soft but psycho cat. If you are very lucky, I might get pictures of them up. Don't let the cat's innocent look fool you. You have been warned.
When I am not studying, I do have some fun. I like to:
Currently, I am enjoying some indie games on my PS3 and PS4: Flower and Journey.
My interests lie in user-created digital media and computational artifacts associated with MMOGs and virtual worlds. I particularly explore the ways participants develop specialized literacies and identities through informal learning in complex learning ecologies and in high-interest, low-stakes environments. I investigate the ways virtual identities and behaviors aid in the transformation of real world identities and practices, especially in how success in virtual Pro-Am communities opens up “possibility spaces” among teens and college students as they envision their potential adult identities. I seek to deconstruct interest-driven informal learning occasioned by high-end computer gaming practices in order to understand and advance instructional designs for learning and assessment.