Author Archives | Vanessa Anne Blaylock

New Home; Old Home

Hi everyone! We’ve moved! And haven’t! iRez: the virtual identity salon is still at our same “address” http://irez.me, but we’ve changed hosts from WordPress.com to WP Engine. When you type the URL, or search for us, you’ll go straight to the new place. But if you subscribed to iRez in the past, we can’t update […]

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Coursera / Wharton School Gamification class by Kevin Werbach, Trophy / Badge for completing 1st 1/2 of the course!

Gamification 6 – Psychology & Motivation II

PHILADELPHIA, 16 September –- Gamification with Kevin Werbach of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School, Week 3! The previous unit explains the benefits of a behavioral approach to gamification; this one identifies the risks and alternatives. Class Notes – Part 6 – Psychology and Motivation II 6.1 Limits of Behaviorism Speed Camera Lottery – […]

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Gamification 5 – Psychology & Motivation I

PHILADELPHIA, 14 September –- Gamification with Kevin Werbach of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School, Week 3! Gamification is a technique for motivation, so it ties very directly into psychology. This unit introduces the behavioral psychology concepts relevant to gamification. Class Notes — Part 5 — Psychology & Motivation I 5.1 Gamification as motivational […]

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Gamification – Homework #1

DEAR COURSERA PEEPS: I’m tweeting Prof. Werbach about the appropriateness of this post, but as he has 50,000 students! 😛 and might not be able to reply, I’m also inquiring in the course forums. I have been blogging my lecture notes, which I imagine shouldn’t be disruptive or inappropriate in any way, and would fit […]

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ScreenCap from Gamification Lecture 4 by Kevin Werback of Coursera and the Wharton School

Gamification 4 – Game Elements

PHILADELPHIA, 9 September –- Gamification with Kevin Werbach of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School, Week 2! The raw materials of games and gamification are called game elements. We’ll earn how to break down a game into its constituent parts and apply them to create gamified systems. Class Notes — Part 4 — Game […]

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Gamification 3 – Game Thinking

PHILADELPHIA, 9 September — Gamification with Kevin Werbach of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School, Week 2! The ways game designers approach their craft is also the way to tackle a gamification project. Seeing situations through the lens of game design is an essential skill in this area. Class Notes — Part 3 — […]

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Second Life’s Communications Quagmire

In the MMO / 3D VW of Second Life, there are a variety of ways to receive information: 1. IM’s from People 2. IM’s from Groups 3. Notecards from People 4. Notices from Groups While Gmail manages to store 3GB of mail for you, SL caps out at about 3 messages! I’m joking – only […]

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Gamification 2 – Games!

PHILADELPHIA, 29 August — I’m not really at the “Virtual Wharton School” but a Coursera’s Online Virtual School, but since the instructor, Kevin Werbach, is from the Wharton School, the Philadelphia dateline seems fitting. Anyway, late August, it’s probably pretty humid there, so “virtual” is “cool.” Today I’m doing Class #2, “Games” You can’t understand […]

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Gamification 1 – What is Gamification?

PHILADELPHIA, 27 August — Coursera’s Gamification course, taught by Kevin Werbach of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School, starts today. It’s 6 weeks with 2 “units” or “chapters” a week. Each chapter contains a number of short video lectures and other materials. Chapter 1 is What is Gamification? PS: You can still register (free) […]

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Fontbron Academy: Faculty Application

TO: Humane Resources, Fontbron Academy FROM: Vanessa Anne Blaylock RE: Tenure Track Faculty position in Psychopharmacology Dear Humane Resources, Are you still accepting applicants for the TT position in your Psychopharmacology department? I believe I am the ideal candidate for this position and submit this application for your consideration. Further, should this position already be […]

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Diary #31 – V Magazine

NEW YORK, 2012 — Gallery Xue / NYC is a real, working art gallery, but it also seems to spend a fair bit of its time doubling as a photo studio. I’ve shot 4 V Magazine covers there this year. Click any of the thumbnails above to enter “slide show” mode, and use arrow keys […]

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Diary #30 – Docent

THE MAURITSHUIS MUESUM, 1995 — Museum docent Vaneeesa Anne Blaylock dutifully showing Mauritshuis visitors the permanent collection whilst providing an informative, interpretive commentary. THE HAGUE, 2012 — I’ve posted a couple of photos recently of performance / photography antics with my former grad school roommate Stacey Giachino, and our collaborator here at iRez, Kathleen Cool […]

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