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UMW M.O.L.I.E. Initiative Gains Support Via Canvas Grant

By mkayler | Apr 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Canvas Grant also provides funding to support the creation of a collaboratively designed hybrid faculty development pilot project designed to transform faculty understandings of powerful learning and also supports the development of multimedia online learning immersive environment (M.O.L.I.E.) courses. What is unique about this innovative model is twofold: a) supports faculty teams in the development […]

M.O.L.I.E. Meets Canvas and the Open Web

By mkayler | Mar 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

It’s official!!!!  CTE&I received a $10,000 grant and has entered the ranks of an ‘elite company of Canvas 2015 Grant Winners‘! Quest-based learning, game theory, and game elements are the pedagogical drivers that will be used to break predictive online learning and will be infused into a faculty development Multimedia Online Learning Immersive Environment (M.O.L.I.E.). […]

Beyond ‘Banking’ to ‘Bartle’ Faculty Development Gets Game!

By mkayler | Nov 7, 2014 | 1 Comment

On Monday, November 10, 2014 (2pm EST) I along with Lisa Ames will be sharing our collective work on ‘gaming’ faculty development. Still time to register!   WEBINAR DETAILS “BEYOND ‘BANKING’ TO ‘BARTLE”: FACULTY DEVELOPMENT GETS GAME Join us for a free webinar on November 10, 2014 at 11 a.m. PDT / 2 p.m. EST. Interested […]

Part Play Campaign Begins

By mkayler | Aug 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Today begins another campaign for Participatory Play: Games Beyond Walls! It’s always exciting to begin a new class. Check out the new gamer website for the course at partplay.org  

Caution – Domain Construction

By mkayler | Feb 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

It is hard to believe that we are into Week Five of the faculty Domain of One’s Own initiative!  I wanted to offer up  a few insights  as many of the themes/topics/technical areas have carried across these past few weeks.  Last week we hit the half-way point – not only are faculty reading, discussing, blogging, […]

Magic Shop Musings – Pedagogical Power

By mkayler | Feb 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

All the snow and cold weather has really hampered business but yesterday Saptiva’s Magic Shop was bustling with activity. Saptiva (gaming name/avatar) met with various wizards, rogues, warriors, and clerics (students/players from a computer science class at UMW). Various ‘parties’  (teams) arrived in force to trade their gold and gems for potions (invisibility, cure light wounds, […]

ALL IN – Digital Scholars Institute (DSI) Pilot Project

By mkayler | Feb 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Ten faculty invitations were sent and ALL  have joined UMW’s DSI!  100% acceptance!  I am excited about the possibilities and development of the DSI.  And the added bonus of working alongside 10 outstanding faculty who are actively engaged in digital scholarship can certainly add credibility and a voice in shaping digital scholarship at UMW.    

Collective and the Individual

By mkayler | Feb 3, 2014 | 1 Comment

As the Spring 2014 Faculty Domain of One’s Own (DoOO) Initiative begins its second cycle I can’t help but think about individual faculty who have joined for various reasons (create Domain, integrate Domain of One’s Own project into courses, enhance technological literacy skills, money, etc.). Regardless of the reason each will seek support to venture […]

Digital Scholars Institute (DSI) Development Begins

By mkayler | Jan 20, 2014 | 2 Comments

Lately I have been thinking about the creation of a Digital Scholars Institute (DSI) at University of Mary Washington. I along with Jim Groom find ourselves energized about the possibilities!   Last year I joined up with the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies to create an opportunity for 30 faculty to explore digital scholarship and to develop […]

Arrival of Our Understandings

By mkayler | Feb 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

“A teachers’ knowledge of subject matter is still very important, but it’s more important that she or he understand that students need to arrive at their own understanding” (Chen, 2010, p. 206).

"Work like a Captain, Play like a Pirate."

"Collateral learning in the way of formation of enduring attitudes, of like and dislikes, may be and often is much more important than the spelling lesson or lesson in geography or history that is learned…the most important attitude that can be formed is that of desire to go on learning”  Dewey

"I jokingly call this convergence of games into reality the 'Gamepocalypse:' the moment when every moment of life is actually a game."  Jesse Schell


"Individual creativity is almost always stimulated by the work, ideas and achievements of other people."  Robinson

"The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep. You must ask for what you really want. Don’t go back to sleep. People are going back and forth across the doorsill where the two worlds touch. The door is round and open. Don’t go back to sleep."  Rumi

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Arrival of Our Understandings

By mkayler | Feb 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

“A teachers’ knowledge of subject matter is still very important, but it’s more important that she or he understand that students need to arrive at their own understanding” (Chen, 2010, p. 206).

Blast to the Past and Looking Forward

By Mary Kayler | Feb 4, 2013 | Comments Off on Blast to the Past and Looking Forward

What a full day of engagement with people, ideas, and learning here at the EDUCAUSE Annual ELI 2013 Conference!  I attended the Horizon Report 2013 Higher Education Report session this evening! This report identifies key emerging technologies in higher education … Continue reading

Playful Beginnings – Scouting thru Texting

By Mary Kayler | Feb 1, 2013 | Comments Off on Playful Beginnings – Scouting thru Texting

A few years back I had the unique opportunity to meet Lee Sheldon at Game Education Summit where he shared his multi-player classroom design. As an avid gamer his worked captured my imagination. In 2012, he released The Multi-player Classroom: … Continue reading