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Meeting Minutes 3-26-24

Game Based Learning (GBL) Faculty Interest Group (FIG) – Notes from Meeting One

Tuesday March 26th, 2024 at 12:00PM

Grace Axler-DiPerte, Facilitator

Location: Zoom

Participants: Grace Axler-DiPerte (KCC BIO), Carrie Jedlicka (KCC LIB), Thomas Lavazzi (KCC ENG), Annice Paolino (KCC BUS), Mary Ortiz (KCC BIO), Christina Colon (KCC BIO), Mercedes Wilby (KCC HIS), Lilija Nielsen (KCC BIO)

This meeting was online.

  1. Introductions: Each participant shared name, department and how they are currently/would like to use games in their classrooms.
    1. Participants mentioned a wide range of experience with and needs for GBL.
    2. This semester will focus on developing and strategizing games for different modalities both online and in-person.
  2. Discussed and played the New York Times Connections daily puzzle: https://www.nytimes.com/games/connections
    1. Introduced a design-your-own Connections puzzle web-tool: https://connections.swellgarfo.com/
    2. Played a “GBL” version of the game, designed by Grace: https://bit.ly/gamemechanics1
    3. Discussed how Connections-like games could be used in classes”
      1. Make vocabulary and concept linking exercises (advertisements, concept values, bones, historical figures, etc).
      2. Have students share connections puzzles they make via discussion board, and allow students to solve them.
    4. Discussed how to gamify discussion boards using riddles and puzzles that students make, and their classmates solve.
      1. Will have examples next meeting.
    5. Talked about “Reacting to the Past” as a longer gaming experience in the classroom. https://reactingconsortium.org
    6. KCTL now has several copies of the book: The Educator’s Guide to Designing Games and Creative Active-Learning Exercises: The Allure of Play, by Joe Bisz and Victoria L. Mondelli. Please contact KCTL for more information.
    7. Discussed use of Kahoot! games synchronously and asynchronously.
    8. Next meeting we will show examples of the games and activities discussed during this meeting.
    9. Our next meeting will by at noon via Zoom on 5/7/24 (Tuesday).

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