Teaching Online Class For Video Gamers About Video Games


I just wanted to drop a post that I will be teaching an online course this summer titled: Contemporary Issues in Psychology: Social Media; Gaming, and Internet Interactions.   This class will be taught ONLINE at Framingham State University in the Psychology and Philosophy Department starting on May 18th 2015.  If you are interested in learning more about the video game world and want to play video games for college credit – this class is for you.

This class can be taken as an elective for credit to any college institution’s degree program.  It can be transferred to your degree fairly easily and is open to anyone, even if you are not attending college at the moment.  If you have parents who do not know much about video gaming, this class is for them.  If your partner is getting on you for playing games and talking to people online, this class is for them.  If you want to learn more about the field in which you love to immerse yourself more and more and how your interactions have and may affect people, this class is for you.

This are the required materials and Course Description:

All students must have reliable and continual access to Blackboard and stable online connection for successful participation in this course.  Students are also expected to check their e-mail accounts on a regular basis.*

Texts: Wright K. & Webb L., Computer-Mediated Communication in Personal Relationships ISBN-13: 978-1433110818      ISBN-10: 1433110814

Thurlow, C., Lengel, L. M., & Tomic, A., Computer Mediated Communication

ISBN-13: 978-0761949541    ISBN-10: 0761949542

Virtual Materials:  An online Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (sometimes requiring a subscription) of the Student’s choice approved by the instructor.  Accompanying this would be a computer with the ability to handle the video game.  Options would be World of Warcraft, Guild Wars 2, Elder Scrolls Online, and Star Wars: The Old Republic; professor will include links on Blackboard.  DISCLAIMER:  YOU WILL HAVE TO PLAY A VIDEO GAME ONLINE FROM THE CHOSEN GAMES IN ORDER TO PASS THIS CLASS.

Course Description:  Social Media: Gaming and Internet Interactions.  This class is a mix of theoretical and experiential material and assignment. The first half of the course will be dedicated to theories of interpersonal communication, different types of internet interactions, and current video game theoretical knowledge. The second half of the course will be experiential in nature where students will be expected to participate online in three different online interactions of their choice (options provided by the instructor).

Here is the link to the class online: https://selfservice.framingham.edu/PROD/bwckschd.p_disp_detail_sched?term_in=201550&crn_in=50253

And again, anyone can take this class, sign up before the seats go, it just opened up and people have already begun to sign up for the class.

Email me with any questions or post them here.  Hope to see you in class!

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