The people at Kodu Game Lab are offering an open online course starting March 1, 2010 for how to create games using their product. The course will run for five weeks – with content being delivered through texts, readings, and videos. Participates will be expected to share their knowledge, experiences, and products. The software is still being tested, but once it is stable it will be licensed under GPL.
Why are we running this course? … We’re very interested in how online learning takes place and we are interested in understanding how a connectivist approach can be used for scalable online self directed/networked learning. This is our first course using this format but we plan others in the coming months.
I wish I had seen this before I took the gaming class last summer. This looks like it will have a lot more content, be more meaningful, and include minor programing with the support of true experts in the field. Even better, it won’t cost me $1,600. There were so many things I wanted to learn about game creation – there was so much potential – but the grad class fell short. This is a topic I am still interested in. I am part of the generation who is willing to learn for the sake of learning in non-traditional methods. Open Courses are showing up everywhere. This allows people to expand their knowledge without shrinking their wallet. I hope this trend continues.