Waraku Education

Ideas, experiments and observations as they occur [and I have time] relating to teaching and learning in a secondary school - special focus on ICT.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

SACE for the Gamer

What does playing World of Warcraft have to do with getting the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)?

Students can get points toward their SACE through Community Learning. There seem to be two categories for this Community Learning.
  1. Community Developed Programs
  2. Personal Learning Programs
The Personal Learning Programs are of particular interest.

This type of community learning is gained through experiences or a personal learning program that does not follow a formal, accredited curriculum.
The example list does not include gaming BUT if I re-read my posting You Play World of Warcraft? You're Hired! and refer to the article I think we have a good match.

the process of becoming an effective World of Warcraft guild master amounts to a total-immersion course in leadership. A guild is a collection of players who come together to share knowledge, resources, and manpower. To run a large one, a guild master must be adept at many skills: attracting, evaluating, and recruiting new members; creating apprenticeship programs; orchestrating group strategy; and adjudicating disputes. Guilds routinely splinter over petty squabbles and other basic failures of management; the master must resolve them without losing valuable members, who can easily quit and join a rival guild.
Never mind the virtual surroundings; these conditions provide real-world training a manager can apply directly in the workplace.

The challenge will be to educate the accrediting authorities who will have heard about these sorts of games but probably have never played them and have little concept as to what's involved. They are likely to be trapped by the thinking that games are bad.

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