My name is Rob Rennich, and I'm new to the group. I work for a large public university in the division of student affairs. In student affairs, we use knowledge of communication, counseling techniques, human development theories, and organizational behavior to help college students gain life and leadership skills outside of the classroom (Did you know that college students spend 80% of their time outside of class? - That a lot of time to use educationally).
I'm interested in using games as a way to help students learn things like - how to develop mature relationships, how to define their own personal values, how to manage ones emotions, how to develop competence, or how to develop goals and make meaningful commitments.
Is anyone else in the group using games for the same, or similar, purposes?
Although I don't know how to purchase his simulations, I've enjoyed the simulations of Ifill-Raynolds award winner, Chuck Petranek, Ph D, Professor of Sociology at University of Southern Indiana.
I've been able to experience some of his large-scale simulations that are meant for colleges and social issues at past NASAGA events. His simulation "The Drinking Game" is a party atmosphere, but debriefs the social issues with bing drinking. "Sex on the Beach" also starts out very fun and social, but when debriefing, talks through STDs.
Thanks for those tips Greg. I'll have to look into them.
Welcome to the group!! I like what you are thinking about as far as gaming for helping student learn various new skills! I do not work in an educational setting, but I do work in Human Resources and many of the ideas you are asking about are a few of the classes that we teach to adults. We teach time management (developing goals and evaluating what's important), interpersonal skills (emotions, values and relationships). These skills are very important to the workforce (and to students!). Would you be interested in presenting one of your topics?
Thanks for the input Marjorie. I spoke with a colleague this morning. We're going to try to put something together. Do you have any idea what the conference fee might be? We're going to have to seek funding from our department/division, and the earlier we can do that, the better.
Marjorie, I heard you are a Bobcat. Did you know that I earned my masters degree from OU and currently work with students here?
AH I love it! a fellow bobcat!!! That's awesome! I graduated in 2009 with my Master of Education! I sent the conference flyer, scholarship application and call for proposals to the college of education and the scrippts college of communication! How exciting. I'm not 100% on the fees yet but we're hoping to get them posted soon! I do know that if you are a presenter, you do get a discount and if you work for a non-profit you get a discount (which ever is the greater discount you'll get!). Are you driving from Athens or will you be staying in Columbus? Well we positively must have a coffee when you get here - my treat!