Tales From the Zombie Apocalypse: Entry 1

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Sgt. Killzone vs the Zombie Horde

By Ish Stabosz
Center for Creative Instruction & Technology
Delaware Technical Community College
Stanton Campus

The year is 2055, and our world is broken.

No one knows how it all began. Some say it started with a monkey bite in the jungles of South America, others claim it was a military experiment gone wrong, and still others blame the outbreak on alien invaders.

What the survivors do agree on is that our world will never be the same again since the zombies arrived. Continue reading

Games Can Make Anything Fun

Ish Stabosz - dice

By Ish Stabosz
Center for Creative Instruction & Technology
Delaware Technical Community College
Stanton Campus

Okay…maybe not anything.

But yesterday, I got to witness the effects of gamification on the most dreaded topic of English students and teachers alike:

APA Citation

That’s right.

I made a game out of reference pages, and for the first time ever (seriously, EVER) I saw students visibly engaged during a lesson about citation rules.

And it was all so simple. Continue reading

When Worlds (of Warcraft) Collide

By Ish Stabosz
Center for Creative Instruction & Technology
Delaware Technical Community College
Stanton Campus

I thought that transforming my ENG 102 class into a Zombie Survival game (more on that in future posts, I promise) was a clever way to boost student engagement.

Then this guy blew me out of the water:

I don’t have much to add in the way of commentary. Suffice it to say that I know what I’m gonna be playing around with between now and the start of spring semester.

Learn more at www.classcraft.com

Collaborative Teaching = Collaborative Learning

Team Teaching

By Heidi Gurdo
Construction Management Technology Department
Delaware Technical Community College
Stanton Campus

Recently, I asked two colleagues in my department to be guest lecturers in an Architectural Engineering Technology (AET) course. The topics of discussion were related to civil engineering, and I thought it was best to have content experts teach the lessons to the AET students.

Afterwards, I started thinking about the impact that the guest lecturers had on the students. The students seemed excited about the lessons and about the guest lectures. I started to contemplate the plethora of articles that discuss the benefits of collaborative learning and wondered if there were any articles that discuss collaborative teaching? Continue reading

6 + 48 = Innovation

Kim Bates - Jenga 1

By Kim Bates
Center for Creative Instruction & Technology
Delaware Technical Community CollegeTerry Campus

This is the story of how 6 employees from across the Terry campus collaborated to create an innovative teaching strategy with 48 wooden blocks. Continue reading

FAQs in the Classroom


By Katherine Stewart
Social Sciences
Delaware Technical Community College
Stanton Campus

I have found that semester after semester I am asked the same questions. I am sending out the same emails, posting the same announcements, and providing the same information to numerous students. About 99% of the time, the answers are somewhere on Blackboard.

My students are accustomed to having information at their fingertips. They don’t want to have to dig through Blackboard to find their answer (and I don’t want to dig through Blackboard either!).

But students need to have simple access to this information when they need it.

So I thought to myself…

How can I fix this?

I need to put all these answers in one place.

But make it intuitive and easy to navigate.

Probably shouldn’t make a long list on Blackboard, no one would read that to find answers.

Maybe… AHA!

I’ll make a Frequently Asked Question page through Google Docs!Continue reading

Game On! 2016 Instructional Innovation Spotlight

Game on

By Lisa Peel and Tim Mello
Early Childhood Education Department
Delaware Technical Community College
Terry Campus

A recent article comparing pedagogy (the method of teaching) and andragogy (the method of teaching adult learners) posed the question “Is it too late to be a child? Is it too early to be an adult?” (Nikolova, Zafirova-Malcheva, Staganova, Boytchev, 2013).

Essentially, the researchers wanted to determine if game-based learning was as effective with adults as with children, who are naturally inclined to learn through play. While the study focused a great deal on video games, in regard to story-telling and traditional games, the study concluded that when adults become immersed in games and are allowed to become children again more learning occurs. Continue reading

Why Do Students Fall Asleep?

By Ish Stabosz
Center for Creative Instruction & Technology
Delaware Technical Community College
Stanton Campus

Do you ever have students fall asleep in your class? Did you ever wonder why?

Well, Michael Wesch decided to find out, and here’s what he discovered about one student named David Dechant:

This video resonated with me because I was David Dechant in school. I never fell asleep in class (well, not much), but a LOT of my time sitting in a desk throughout high school and college was spent doing what I call game-storming (Brainstorming about games. Get it?).

In fact, I loved going to some of my most boring, lecture-heavy classes because I knew that it gave me a solid hour or more to zone out and scribble in my notebooks about the next video game I wanted to create, a board game I had in the works, or the storyline for my weekly D&D game.

Maybe we can’t all invite our students to classes with “no PowerPoints, no lectures, no textbooks, no syllabus, no grades” like Wesch did, but there is plenty that we can do to recognize and leverage the talents that our students bring to our classrooms.

Thanks to Al Drushler for sharing this video with me!

Thoughts on Three No’s Every Student Wants to Hear

Three No's

By Lindsay Gigous
Education Department
Delaware Technical Community College
Wilmington Campus

Here’s a scary thought: ever try to get into your students’ minds? What do they really think about your assignments? Are they completely bored in your classes or do they like what you’re doing? Continue reading

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Social Learning

By Ish Stabosz
Center for Creative Instruction & Technology
Delaware Technical Community College
Stanton Campus

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