Archive for the ‘Global Games Jam’ Category

Actual, proper phd work for once.

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

I have pretty much vanquished the PGCERT – All I need to do now is some paperwork and that’s done and dusted! Woohoo!!

Next stop is the RDC-1 form, although my very drafty version is already proving useful, since it forced me to think about that I was doing and how I might be doing it. So for now, here is my draft title:

“Identifying commonalities in the working practices of students during a Global Games Jam event in line with their education at Staffordshire University.

I imagine when this is all bound that will bear no relation to the final title, but we can look back at this post and laugh at it’s naivety.

This also means I’m starting to plan actual approaches, and chapters, and things. Behold – Planning tools!

Methods Planning

Methods Planning

I can not tell you how useful mindmaps have being, I’m currently using M8! on my little touch screen netbook and it’s awesome. It’s wierd, seeing it broken all up into Trello Boards and Mindmaps makes it seems infinitely do-able and exciting too. Yeah Research!!

 

Physical Out of Office

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

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Joking aside – it looks an excellent conference and there’s some really interest papers (and mine in the GGJ Workshop on Friday)

http://www.fdg2014.org/Final_FDG_Schedule.pdf

How today has gone…

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

January is always the busiest month, I think it’s Christmas holidays creeping up – although the switch to 30 credits has already helped a lot with the festive marking bottle neck (that and being able to mark TurnItIn from the iPad)

So, I have actually been research / not teaching related academically productive thanks to my app related regime in the past few months (along side increasingly screwball teaching) I’ve actually done the following:

  • Submitted things for FDG2014 (that’s the one on a cruise ship)
  • Learnt a lot about the new Horizon 2020 funding (Acronym Central)
  • Made some Pacman Christmas tree decorations for the faculty Christmas tree (I think this is my proudest achievement – that and the Ninja Turtle baubles I made for the office)
  • Mastered Mail Merge to make badges for Global Game Jam (not yet mastered printing onto badges)
  • Thought a little bit too much about Hogwarts House points and Gamification

Today alone I have done the following:

  • Set up a Game Jam research group on Mendeley
  • Discovered Japan’s Digra chapter have their own publication (but it’s in Japanese, and almost impossible to get hold of)
  • Submitted things for CHI2014 (that’s the one in Toronto)
  • Had a discussion on twitter about the products of Phd Procrastination, and if anyone had ever done a Phd on Phd Procastination – or would such a meta phd cause the universe to implode
  • Written 4 blog posts about things I meant to write blog posts about last semester but was too busy to do so (this has been aided by free Wi-fi in the Hollybush in Seighford while my husband plays the guitar)

And so, with irons in the fire, many of last years modules put to bed and a renewed sense of awesomeness I’ve got some very exciting ideas for 2014. That’s If I survive January with the junior / senior alpha showdowns, The Wild Rumpus, The 4th largest Global Game Jam site in the world, and a swanky Bafta launch party to keep me occupied…