bound dissertation

November 23, 2023 · 0 min

framework figure poster

I had a poster-sized print made of the main figure of the framework that emerged from my dissertation. It looks amazing, and feels like a real thing.

October 16, 2023 · 1 min

On Online Teaching as a Text-based Adventure Game

My dissertation explored the connections between the design and analysis of video games and our design and understanding of teaching & learning. Much of that work was shaped by a conversation I had with one of my supervisors: Figure 1.2: One of the conversations that shaped the direction of this dissertation. AI-generated character portrayal provided by Stable Diffusion. I’d written a bit to explore the comparison between video games and online teaching, to see what it might look like if it was experienced as a Zork-like text-based adventure game....

August 26, 2023 · 5 min

On Video Games for Teaching and Learning

Grant Potter asked a question on Mastodon, about how video games are being used for teaching and learning. I’ve done some work on this for my dissertation, and wanted to repurpose bits from a few chapters in response to Grant’s question. I’ll be writing more about my dissertation work, but am still in “pause and recover” mode after finishing it… In the dissertation, I explored how the disciplines of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) intersect, using the specific ways in which we design, study, and evaluate video games as the point of integration....

March 10, 2023 · 8 min

Recording of My Dissertation Grad Seminar - The Teaching Game

I gave a graduate seminar to the Faculty of Science and Taylor Institute for Teaching & Learning today. It was the first time I’ve had the opportunity to talk about the dissertation research projects that make up my dissertation. I also got to share the framework that I developed to describe teaching and learning using concepts adapted from the formal analysis of video games. The dissertation became a description of a way to integrate the disciplines of HCI (Human-Computer Interaction) and SoTL (Scholarship of Teaching & Learning)....

December 22, 2022 · 2 min

ChatGPT Writes a Dissertation

I thought I’d try ChatGPT to see what it would do with my dissertation topic.1 I gave it the prompt: Explain the ways in which “Scholarship of Teaching and Learning” and “Human-Computer Interaction” can be integrated using research methods adapted from the formal analysis of video games. And it returned: The scholarship of teaching and learning is an approach to education that focuses on studying and improving teaching and learning processes in order to enhance student learning....

December 9, 2022 · 3 min

mapping a dissertation journey

December 4, 2022 · 0 min

dissertation complete

November 26, 2022 · 0 min

editing day

November 22, 2022 · 0 min

copy editing

November 21, 2022 · 0 min