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Anne Derryberry
writer/analyst, designer, entrepreneur
Interests: journalism, game-based learning, education reform, problem-based learning, immersive simulations, emerging technologies (ipad!!)
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Thanks, Mary. Doug has posted many worthwhile presentations on slideshare - I'm a follower. Great that you called attention to his work.
Two 9th-graders, Joshua Li and Martin Schneider, are trying to prove the efficacy and effectiveness of competition within educational video games. They developed two versions (one with a virtual competitor, one without) of a math game targeted for 4th-grade students,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2013 at I'm
"Who's Got Class?" is a social game that exposes players to the many facets and programs of WCET (the host for the game), and rewards them for their engagement and contributions. The light-hearted program is designed to provide a first-hand... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2012 at I'm
I pay close attention to a googlegroup focused on Open Badges (started by a project group at Mozilla Foundation). In the past week, a post there by Kots to a particular discussion topic caught my eye: I've been coming across... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2012 at I'm
This morning, WCET (a membership cooperative of postsecondary education institutions, agencies and associations) launched the beta of their game+badges program, called Who's Got Class. As I've previously written, badges for learning are gaining attention on many fronts. In higher education,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2012 at I'm
Even as game-based learning is gaining momentum in many sectors, the activity in higher ed around game-based learning is scant. Sure there are pockets of innovation on many campuses, but broadscale initiatives are nearly impossible to find. In my role... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2012 at I'm
On March 8th, WCET (WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies) hosted a webinar that I co-presented with John Bower (CEO, uBoost) on badges for learning. Topics included: Game-based learning and badging basics Applications in higher education and online learning Innovative uses... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2012 at I'm
I would suggest you start with the folks at WCET ( They recently completed the first round of the PAR (Predictive Analytics Reporting) Project, funded by the Gates Foundation, which is a deep dive into learning analytics. I'm launching a project with them that will involve digital badges, serious games and analytics.
I'm still a little uncomfortable using social media when it comes to sharing really sad news. And yet, I know that tweets and posts and blogs really are the fastest way to share. via We heard of this yesterday... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 29, 2012 at I'm
Beyond their demonstrated effectiveness as a medium for communications and community-building, serious games have great potential to reveal variables that influence audience retention, engagement and loss as well as the impact of various demographic data on those influences. By examining... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2011 at I'm
Are you using badges yet? If not, you may be feeling the need to “refresh” users’ experience of your content by introducing a badge system. In all likelihood, one or more of your competitors has either introduced badges or is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2011 at I'm
Let's not forget game analytics. My first exposure to the power of predictive analytics was with the videogame, America's Army. That started as a recruitment tool of the U.S. Army. But when they realized that the underlying analytics engine had value beyond mission-building in-game, they began to use the tool for post-induction training. The game analytics now help commanders make troop assignments.
I am currently a Fellow at Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute where I am focused on exploring the white space that surrounds the intersection of games and journalism. While my initial fascination with games and game design was in their... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2011 at I'm
Hi Frank! Nice to hear from you. You allude to a really important point about Apple's largesse with Ellen's viewers. But it raises a further question: as a corporate sponsor of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, should Apple demand/presume/be entitled to editorial, even censorial, control over the show's content? Even, maybe especially, when the last laugh's on them? If so, should they then have the same privileges if the show were a news or public information program? These aren't trivial, academic questions. Content may want to be free for the consumer, but where does that leave producers and distributors? Not at the creative mercy of the overzealous protectors of the sponsors' public images, I hope. That would be too 1984.
Toggle Commented May 10, 2010 on Concerns of a Wavering Fangirl at I'm
It's not that my relationship with Apple has been without its shaky moments before, of course. You would expect rocky patches in over a quarter century of being together. We've managed to survive Steve I, Lisa, John, Jean-Louis, and Newton.... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2010 at I'm
Good "search" skills are misundersestimated, to borrow some coinage from our inestimable erstwhile president, George. W. Bush. Indeed, knowing which search engine to use for what purpose and then how to use advanced queries to find useful information can make... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2010 at I'm
Let's face it. There is a lot of tedium involved in the design of digital products. So much of the design-to-documentation workflow is filled with notating the pesky details of the user experience. Every button, every control matters, and every... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2010 at I'm
Meet Byron Reeves, Professor of Communications at Stanford University: A transcript of Prof. Reeves' remarks is available on the website, or here. Seriously, thanks Byron! Anne Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2010 at I'm
Hey everybody! I'm seriously back. I'm still working on bringing the blog up-to-date (e.g., not all the pages have content quite yet). In the meantime... Please come take my poll! I'm gathering initial reactions from new iPad owners/users. I'm serious,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2010 at I'm
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