I can see several of you are busy getting in your final research blog posts and otherwise wrapping up on the class activity. I hope that you have found the course enjoyable, instructive, and perhaps even useful to you as part of your educational journey. I know an online course can be a strange experience. As a teacher, it is hard to know if your students are learning. You don’t get to look them in the eye. It’s hard to get the vibe of the class, to know what is working, what is engaging, and what isn’t. As a student it can also be disorienting. You can’t see me to know if I think what you are saying is making sense. Your posts are mixed in with dozens of others in a continual flow of conversation.
In the end though, you can look back and see that you have done a fair amount of work. You have read several texts, done independent research, written thousands of words, and composed a research paper. Hopefully you leave the class with a fuller sense of the role of videogaming in our culture, the key issues surrounding the genre, and the role that digital media studies might play in the humanities. I have appreciated the conversations we’ve had over the past few weeks, and overall I feel like I have gotten a good sense of your thoughts about videogaming. I think we’ve had some fruitful conversations, which I hope you’ll carry forward with you in some way.
Grades are due by July 5th, so with the holiday and weekend in-between, I’ll be reading over your research papers and calculating grades early next week. As such, it is necessary that everything is done by that time. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions and I hope the rest of your summer goes smoothly.