Three doctoral students in the Boise State University Ed.D. in Educational Technology program, Chris Wertz, Kimberly Onstott, and Jason Bader, participated in their EDTECH 640: Innovative Experience course in Summer 2016 under the guidance of Dr. Chareen Snelson. As part of their course, the students beta-tested an experimental curriculum Dr. Snelson developed for research-methods education in World of Warcraft. The students and Dr. Snelson wrote up this experience and recently learned it will be published in May 2017 in The Qualitative Report (http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/
The title of the forthcoming article is Using World of Warcraft to Teach Research Methods in Online Doctoral Education: A Student-Instructor Duoethnography. Its abstract reads: "The educational potential of games has captured the ongoing interest of scholars and educators who have sought to understand when, how, and under what conditions games support the teaching and learning process. General knowledge of how games support literacy, scientific thinking, or social learning has been theorized and researched, but some applications of game-based learning remain unexplored. One area where much remains to be learned is within online doctoral education and particularly in the poorly understood area of research methods education. In this study, three doctoral students and an instructor collaboratively field-tested a set of instructional activities within World of Warcraft that were designed to promote understanding of qualitative research methods. A duoethnographic approach was used to promote dual-perspective dialogue about the merits and challenges of using online gaming environments as field sites where research methods can be practiced and developed. Results illuminate merits, challenges, and areas of development as researchers that surfaced while completing the research methods activities. Directions for further research are suggested."
Dr. Snelson is an associate professor of Educational Technology and associate department chair. Mr. Wertz is an assistant professor and program director in the Radiographic Science program at Idaho State University (Idaho), Ms. Onstott is an assistant professor of Radiologic Sciences at Midwestern State University (Texas), and Mr. Bader is a graphic arts professor at Mt. San Jacinto College (California). The Qualitative Report is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal. It has a Google h5-index of 31, ranking 3rd on a list of 20 journals about qualitative research in Google Scholar.
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Very cool!. No. Very VERY cool!
I want to conduct a similar study using Minecraft. I hope they didn't play on a PvP server!
Great work, Dr. Snelson and students! I'm going to read the report when it comes out! I've made a Google reminder. LOL