SOAP: An Alternate Reality Game Engine

I am pleased to announce the release of SOAP v1.0. The [S]UNY [O]swego [A]RG [P]ackage is an alternate reality game (ARG) engine. Built on the open source platforms WordPress and BuddyPress, it is a bundle of pre-existing plugins and custom modifications that allow anyone who can install and host WordPress to run “what if” simulations […]

Grant for Alternate Reality Simulations Project

I received an Innovative Instruction Technology Grant (IITG)  from SUNY’s Office of the Provost. The project is called Alternate Reality Simulations as Learning Tools, and the grant amount is $20,000 (plus $5,000 campus matching). Below is some information about the project from the proposal. [Update: Here’s a Campus Update item about the grant.]

Video of talk at Georgetown Communications Symposium

The video from Georgetown University’s Scholarly Communications Symposium, Social Media: Implicatons for Teaching and Learning, is now available. Even though I had the difficult task of presenting the “dissenting” view, I learned a lot from participating in the session and I really enjoyed meeting the folks at Georgetown. Here’s the blurb about the event from […] a multiplayer scenario analysis

My colleague Pat Clark and I are conducting a multiplayer scenario analysis (similar to an Alternate Reality Game) to explore the topic of racism on campus. It’s called We seek to involve our community (although the rest of you can observe) in a constructive dialogue about what we can do, individually and collectively, to […]

Presentation at CIT 09

I’ll be presenting a paper at this year’s SUNY Conference on Instructional Technology (CIT 2009). Active Learning, Social Media, and Serious Games: Case Studies Dr. Ulises A. Mejias Friday May 22, 10:15 – 10:45 am Alternate Reality Games, played with everyday communication and information technologies, can be used as forms of active learning and research […]

Save Oswego! – An Alternate Reality Game

I’m currently coordinating a second (s)ARG. Here’s the info: What would you do if you were not able to graduate because of cuts to SUNY Oswego’s budget? Stop panicking…. start acting! Save Oswego! is an Alternate Reality Game (ARG) developed as a class project for the courses Social Networks and the Web and Videogame Theory […]

Gold Farming and the Geopolitics of Trade: The ARG

I’m going to be coordinating a couple of ARGs this Spring. Here’s the announcement for the first one. Please join us! ‘Stop Gold Farming!’ is an Alternate Reality Game (ARG) developed for the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival. It could be called an experiment in collective storytelling, a radical new media project, or an internet […]

How does social media educate? – iDC wrap up

Here is my summary of this month’s discussion at the iDC forum. The archive of the discussion can be found here. ********************************************************** It’s time to wrap up this discussion on the question of ‘How does social media educate?’ I would like to thank everyone who contributed to it, even by lurking! As the moderator, the […]

Confinement, Education and the Control Society

Perhaps it’s not surprising that Foucault, the “panopticon guy”, is characterized as a thinker of power, discipline, and punishment. But as Deleuze (1995) points out, Foucault also believed that we are increasingly moving away from being societies based on discipline to societies based on control. According to Deleuze’s reading of Foucault: “We’re moving toward control […]