Everything Is (Not Always) AWESOME When You’re Part of a Team!

You have watched The Lego Movie I hope. It is a story about an individual who seems to be happy alone with his own routine as a ‘normal’ person, but one day finds out he is ‘the chosen one’ meant to save people. He does not believe in himself and his ability to be the…. Continue reading “Everything Is (Not Always) AWESOME When You’re Part of a Team!”.

Novice struggles and expert blindness: How my discomfort with PHP will make me a better instructor

It was my third blank screen. I switched back over to my text editor and tried again. I looked at the format of my PHP, looked at my functions. I looked up the PHP documentation, deleted elements that did not seem right, and saved again. Back in my browser, the screen was still blank. Last…. Continue reading “Novice struggles and expert blindness: How my discomfort with PHP will make me a better instructor”.

Something about PHP

We’ve spent the past month and a half learning PHP. It’s an arduous task only complicated by our own busy schedules. Trying to learn a new language becomes much more difficult when also trying to wrangle sixty undergraduates every week, or finish a dissertation, or find a job. And yet progress continues steadily. The decision…. Continue reading “Something about PHP”.

On the Shelf

The past couple weeks, we have been crash-coursing PHP via Wayne Graham’s surely famous slide decks. We’ve been doing this despite not (yet) delivering our task for the fall semester—the redesign of the Ivanhoe webpage. It’s a necessary shift. While we’re fortunate to be assisted by the Scholars’ Lab dev team—including Scott Bailey, a holdover…. Continue reading “On the Shelf”.

What Could Make Ivanhoe ‘Special’?

Last semester was not bad for our Praxis team. Our achievements were modest but considerable: a charter, a team with a common interest in any activity concerning food, plus a vibrant debate on redesigning the website for our common project – Ivanhoe. While we failed in meeting certain deadlines and charter objectives, i.e. having tangible…. Continue reading “What Could Make Ivanhoe ‘Special’?”.

Can Ivanhoe facilitate playful learning both in and out of the classroom?

You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation –Plato From the beginning of the year, the Praxis cohort recognized ‘play’ as one of the key aspects of the Ivanhoe experience. Yet, how does play shape Ivanhoe? What are the effects of this play? In previous years,…. Continue reading “Can Ivanhoe facilitate playful learning both in and out of the classroom?”.

Playing with toast: Our first Ivanhoe game

We were pleased—and perhaps a bit surprised—that we completed our Praxis Charter so painlessly. It was both a test run to see how effectively we could work together as a new team and an opportunity to synthesize our many divergent ideas and goals for this experience. In terms of our work dynamic, we were quickly…. Continue reading “Playing with toast: Our first Ivanhoe game”.

Rules and Flexibility: Learning from Games for Ivanhoe

Do we want well-defined rules and roles? Do we want them to be fluid? Can rules and roles provide creative fluidity and playful flexibility? These questions have been a recurring theme in our conversations with the Praxis team as well as in our meetings with some of the Scholars Lab members. For me, questions about…. Continue reading “Rules and Flexibility: Learning from Games for Ivanhoe”.

Ivanhoe considerations for the next cohort

Welcome to the next Praxis cohort! As Purdom mentioned yesterday in her post, the 2014-2015 Praxis Fellows will continue working on the Ivanhoe Game.  As last year’s Praxis project manager, I frequently found myself in the position of spokesperson for Ivanhoe. People would ask me, “What is Ivanhoe?” and I would deliver an answer like…. Continue reading “Ivanhoe considerations for the next cohort”.

Praxis is about people: reflections after the launch

When I initially drafted the Ivanhoe launch announcement, my goal was to make it communicate in as concise a fashion as possible what Ivanhoe was and where people could download it and learn more.  I completely forgot that Ivanhoe has been as much about us, the Praxis Fellows, and our learning, as about software development. …. Continue reading “Praxis is about people: reflections after the launch”.

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