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Course Wrap-Up

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.


About Alex Reid

Associate Professor and Director of Composition in the English Department at the University at Buffalo


3 thoughts on “Course Wrap-Up

  1. Thank you very much, the class has certainly been different from my normal engineering classes but overall enjoyable. I had made the mistake of taking two summer courses that require a decent amount of reading but coming out of the other side I feel more confident in my reading skills. I also enjoyed all of the new information about games that I will take away from this class and after reading some of the reviews will definitely find a couple games to fill my free time.

    Posted by diomazurek | June 28, 2013, 4:51 pm
  2. Thank you very much for the thought provoking material, and being able to offer us a new type of subject material to consider. I can admit now that I came into this class expecting it to be about all forms of media, to my surprise, it was about video game media, and I was a little scared. I didn’t think I knew enough about the genre whatsoever to complete an entire class on it! But like you said, we’ve ended up writing thousands of words and exploring concepts we don’t generally have the opportunity to. I have been “overwhelmed” the past couple weeks, as summer classes always go, but you are right, looking back I feel a sense of accomplishment after completing these “unnecessary obstacles.” I can say that I am leaving the class “with a fuller sense of the role of video-gaming in our culture, the key issues surrounding the genre, and the role that digital media studies might play in the humanities.”

    Posted by jowz24 | June 28, 2013, 10:38 pm
  3. This has been an incredibly influential class because it not only taught me about myself and about motivation life, but it taught me that through a passion. Thank you very much for an amazing semester and I can say that this has been one of my favorite classes at UB so far. Truly phenomenal the coursework and the direction this class went through. Thank you and have a great summer!

    Posted by jbort94 | June 29, 2013, 7:25 pm

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