Redux

Jan 28, 14 Redux

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We’ve got a lot of great scholarship here on Play the Past. I’m continually astounded by these authors – their insights, their wit, and their ability to surprise and delight. I’m confident that what we’re doing here on Play the Past is making a difference in the scholarship of games (however defined),...

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Of Carrots and No Sticks; or, on Teaching Digital History with Gamification

Mar 13, 13 Of Carrots and No Sticks; or, on Teaching Digital History with Gamification

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I’m teaching HIST3812: Digital History (Games and Simulations for Historians) this term.  Past experience has taught me that whenever I actually try to force students to learn some digital skills – to do digital history – I encounter pushback and resistance. Why that should be is fodder for another day, but I...

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Stranger in These Parts After Action Report: Did We Learn Anything?

Oct 31, 12 Stranger in These Parts After Action Report: Did We Learn Anything?

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There are things you can do, and can’t do, to undergraduate students, I’ve discovered. Recently heard in class: Math? You want us to do math? But… but… we’re history students! This of course is my continuing digital antiquity class, ‘Cities and Countryside in the Ancient World’. I have them...

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Stranger in These Parts

Aug 21, 12 Stranger in These Parts

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…cross-posted at ElectricArchaeology.ca to see what the archaeology crowd thinks… One of the things I want my students to engage with in my ‘cities and countryside in antiquity’ class is the idea that in antiquity, one navigates space not with a two dimensional top-down mental map, but rather as a series of...

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The Ideal History/Gaming Syllabus, or, What did I get myself into

Mar 29, 12 The Ideal History/Gaming Syllabus, or, What did I get myself into

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In the Fall term this year, I will be teaching a course on games and simulation for history (Hey Carleton students! Sign up for HIST3812 now!). What with all the chaos of a term coming to an end, I haven’t begun to think about what such a syllabus might look like. This post, I suppose, is a first stab. (I do this in the...

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