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Identity Transfer vs. Identity Growth

I’m not so sure that my tweet about gamers being able to make quicker decisions with the same accuracy as non-gamers will be true today after playing studying WoW until 1am. That silly level up experience bar somehow coaxes me to top it off before exiting the game.

David, Julie and I explored some additional features of the game together. One that I am still a little unclear on is the class training. I have noticed that I am becoming more familiar with the flow of the game (resting after engaging enemies, using items to recover health / mana, sitting). David pointed out to me that the location of the heath (sp?) stone can be moved depending on where a majority of your activity is.

With the thoughts of Dewey’s theories in mind, I recognize that to thrive in the game you have to become proficient in the lingo, symbols and principles that govern the community. Buffs, for example, are not called by that exact phrase in the game yet were understood readily among the community. Without the guidance from more seasoned players, the lessons and knowledge seem to come slowly through the school of hard knocks (if it comes at all!). After spending a little time with those who know their way around (in every sense of the phrase) you begin to see the objectives in the same light as the mature generation. It was also interesting to see that those who invest in bringing others up in levels are benefited by having more capable allies and the (small) insentive to party together for bonus experience. That’s interesting to see how Blizzard weaves this in to the gameplay.

My brother offered me his WoW account but I declined in order to get the full experience for myself. I would have looked pretty silly playing a level 80 character with no foundational grasp on the game itself. As well intentioned as my brother was, he did not see that his “experience” could not be conferred or transferred, only cultivated and curated for others.

I am so amazed by the complexity and sheer breadth and depth of this “world” in which lives and learning play out. What an interesting model to observe and investigate when pondering concepts of learning.

Learning is Identity Engagement

Learning via iterative and rigorous action research is transformative in nature. With the Pepperdine cadre we commit to community and to contributing collective intelligence towards the value-aligned decisions we make. Informed decisions become actions within each individual’s organization. The outcomes are analyzed and evaluated. Reflection provides greater light and knowledge about the decisions we make which feed back in to the next iteration of plan, act, evaluate, and reflect. The individual and the sphere he or she occupies are both more fully illuminated through the process. We are better able to navigate and act because we see more, more of ourselves, our identity and the relationships that govern our interactions.

Manifestations of my journey through this transformation will make occasional appearances here. Join me and enjoy the ride.

Initial Impressions of GROU.PS

GROU.PS is a free social network utility which uses Facebook Connect to leverage existing relationships to form groups and provide all the functionality they could want. Extremely intuitive and well integrated, GROU.PS allows you to customize just about anything and nails most of the usability and sociability issues raised in Jenny Preece’s book Online Communities. From polls to forums, blogs, videos, wikis and group chat this site is clearly an excellent option to build and support your community online. I especially like the ActivityRank feature which allows you to properly incentivize the most valuable activities for your group.

Take a look at the grou.ps/smartlds community. I have high hopes for sharing, learning and above all growing strong relationships there. Community seems so indispensable in an enterprise elearning support strategy!

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