Sunday, July 29, 2012

More Cross-Cultural Traditions and Collaboration

Gentle readers, since my research has shifted from game-based learning (gbl) itself as the primary focus to using gbl for collaboration, examples are sought to illustrate the concept. While the example below does not involve gaming, it certainly involves play. Political positions aside, the dance choreography and planning in the video requires considerable collaboration and practice. The US Military has performed joint activities for many years in efforts to coordinate people, technology, and strategy across services. Budget restrictions and costs of wars have forced greater collaboration. Motivation in game-based learning is voluntary whereas compliance is required in such a highly regulated organization. Social media has been stretching the limits of professional courtesy as individuals have equal power to express their humanity. I salute the authorities who gave blessing for this expression of cross-cultural communication via dance. Let's see how viral the video becomes over time.

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