Over this summer session we discussed Computer Mediated Discourse, Critical Thinking and Soft Systems Methodology. I enjoyed the class demonstrations and learned a lot from the research articles. I really worked at trying to understand and figure out how to apply these methodologies, but I kept feeling like it didn’t fit for me.
Eventually I started wondering why I took this class, this was all very interesting, but I felt way off course from where I wanted to go. So, I sat down and thought about what I wanted to get out of this experience; meaning this class, and the rest of my PhD course work. Overall what I wanted to learn has not changed, but the direction I was letting myself go in was not the right direction to achieve my goals. This led me to think about what I needed to do, to get there.
As soon as I made those self-discoveries everything started falling into place. I was applying some of our class demonstrations, and what I was reading to my idea and slowly the concept started growing into something more tangible. Then we started researching a qualitative method of our choice. I started Googling key word combinations related to my desired direction and stumbled across Cognitive Mapping Methodology. I read about it, looked for examples of maps and am still building my own map. I can safely say this will be incorporated into my study.
I have a lot more research to do about video game and cognition, design elements and theoretical underpinnings to support my expectations. Of course, I am just starting research for the actual game content, and am very excited to start playing with the overall game design.
It is funny how I was questioning my choice to take this class, and now I can’t imagine making any progress with out it.