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Working at the interstices of classics and video games: see the Video Games and Human Values Initiative.
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Online classics at the University of Connecticut

Salvete! I'm excited to update some information I posted a while back about the University of Connecticut's Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies program's online offerings.

This spring I'll be offering an online advanced Greek course, CAMS 3101 Topics in Advanced Greek, for three credits, on selections from Plato. The course will be offered in a game-based format, in which students will participate as senior operatives on a mission to infiltrate the Academy and discover the… Continue

Posted on October 8, 2010 at 11:13am

Operation LAPIS: first-year Latin as an RPG inside an ARG

I thought it might be of interest to some here that together with a wonderful team of like-minded classicists, educational psychologists, and a coder or two, we'll be launching what we believe is the first-ever practomimetic (game-based) introductory language course.

More at my blog, Living Epic, if your interest is piqued. We'd love to hear from you if you'd like to help iterate, as they say in the game… Continue

Posted on August 16, 2010 at 8:24am

Online Advanced Latin at UConn: needs?

We're continuing to develop the Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies program here at the University of Connecticut in order to make it possible to complete a degree online. One important step in that process is going to happen in Spring 2011, when I will offer UConn's first online Advanced Latin course. I'm hoping to get colleagues' help in figuring out what the best schedule is on which to offer the course: whether a regular spring semester course, a highly-compressed January or May… Continue

Posted on May 2, 2010 at 6:33am

Online game-ed classics: a bit of press in the Chronicle

My current practomimetic (i.e. game) course in Horace's Roman odes, Satire 1.2, and Ovid's Amores and Ars Amatoria got a little mention on the Chronicle's "Wired Campus" blog.

I'm blowing my own cornu this way in order to make the even more shameless announcement that I've just finished putting together a… Continue

Posted on March 6, 2010 at 6:29am

Seeking students for an online game-method Latin 1 pilot

I'm doing some very early work on developing an online Latin 1 that uses the game-method I'm pioneering in Operation KTHMA, the role-playing Greek historians course. The central idea will be to use a role-playing game-story, with its established (and addictive) model of progression, as a metaphor for inherently engaging and interactive progress in the Latin skills of reading, writing, speaking, and… Continue

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 10:00am

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