Over the past couple months, I've managed to convince several of my Connecticut latin-teaching colleagues to play "The Lord of the Rings Online" (LOTRO) with me, partly as an adjunct to the Living Epic and Gaming Homer courses I started teaching in January (cf. my blog, Living Epic
and the Video Games and Human Values Initiative
; UConn also did a fun little video
about my course).
Being, all of us, believers in the amazing power of situated learning
, we're now starting to hatch a plan for teaching classics in-game in LOTRO. Our early notion is to have Latin-teachers lead groups through Latin lessons in-game, with chat (both voice and text) in Latin, to illustrate and above all to situate those lessons, according to lesson-plans designed around the story of the game. Students would also complete exercises, in the way of homework, online on their own schedules between in-game lessons.
I'd love to hear from you if you're interested in helping us shape this idea, and if you happen to know of any efforts that overlap with ours.