All posts by Maura A. Smale

Maura Smale is Chief Librarian at City Tech (New York City College of Technology), CUNY.

Game-Based Learning as Professional Development

CUNY Games Network member Anders Wallace has a great post up on the blog of the CUNY Graduate Center’s Office of Career Planning and Professional Development about the ways that game-based learning can be professional development for faculty. In Game-Based Learning: from Teaching to Professional Development, Anders reviews GBL and discusses a workshop that the CUNY Games Network offered last year. He notes that:

One of the reasons most people turn to game-based learning (GBL) is that they want to enliven their classroom. This blog post discusses some reasons, benefits, and drawbacks for using game-based learning as part of your teaching practice. It also discusses some simple ways to get started, as well as some resources that can take you further should you find that your curiosity is piqued.

Head on over to the Office of Career Planning and Professional Development’s blog and read the whole piece!

New Gamecasting Episode Available

Our newest CUNY Games Network gamecasting video is available now, just in time for your holiday week viewing! In this week’s episode, Tori Mondelli, Executive Directory of Teaching and Learning at Mercy College, and Joe Bisz, CUNY Games Network cofounder and Associate Professor of English at BMCC, interview Robert Duncan, Associate Professor of Psychology at York College/CUNY Graduate Center. Among Rob’s many research projects in game-based learning, he often works with his undergraduate students to codesign games in the courses he teaches. Learn more about Rob’s codesign practices in this episode.

Introducing CUNY Games Network Gamecasting!

We’re thrilled to announce a new video series here at the CUNY Games Network! We’ve created a YouTube channel to host our newest initiative: “gamecasting” episodes to share insights and initiatives about game-based learning at CUNY and beyond. This channel features full-length interviews with domain experts in game-based learning, edited videos on special topics, live playtesting sessions, and more.

Our first 2 videos are available now:

– An interview with BMCC professor Kathleen Offenholley about her NSF grant to put math games in the classroom

– An interview with BMCC professor and CUNY Games Network cofounder Joe Bisz about how he got started in game-based learning and best-practices for including tabletop games in the classroom.

We’ll release a new video every 2 weeks on Mondays. Please subscribe on our YouTube page or check back here for new releases!

Photo by Patrick Breitenbach.