No gloom, zombies, or prophecies of doom for 2012. New Earth-like planets discovered by the Kepler Telescope reveal unimagined diversity. Years are so variable, not to mention time. Or should I say space-time? Each day new data reveal intricate mysteries that open new possibilities for how our lifestyles can be designed and lived. Learning addicts rejoice!
My studies progress and my dissertation topic of game-based learning is well in hand. It is clear to me that the focus on the learner within everyday, informal contexts is paramount. Metacognition is key. For my institution, I hope to see a genre of applied research advanced what we call the “Scholarship of Learning with Technology.” The Learning Sciences are particularly interesting as a field of study. The University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies demonstrates projects and research that involve Learning Sciences. My personal research is focused toward these type of learning innovations.