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Aram Zucker-Scharff - THATCamp Games 2013

Aram  Zucker-Scharff

  • Title / Position: Web Developer, New Media Consultant, Narrative Designer
  • Organization: Freelance. Clients include: onAir LLC, George Mason University
  • Website: hacktext.com
  • Twitter: @Chronotope

I've spent a number of years working in university life at George Mason University, providing training and support to students within the Student Media unit. Before that I spent 7 years as part of a indie game development team. After that (currently) I decided to go freelance. I work as a web developer, a writer and a consultant on SEO, new media, narrative design and a variety of related topics.

Over the past few years I've written a great deal about games and games journalism as well as developing two ARGs.

My primary work focus now is in developing web-based tools for higher education, mostly based within WordPress.

  • Is there a place for Mozilla’s OpenBadges in the physical classroom?


    A discussion. With the increasingly high profile of Mozilla’s OpenBadge project and the new arrival of the BadgeOS open source WordPress tool, the implementation of Open Badges is no longer as significant problem as it once was. If using and giving students OpenBadges is becoming relatively friction-less for educators and programs online, is there also a place for them in the traditional classroom?

    What requirements should be put upon giving badges as part of a traditional program?

    How can we (or should we) tie badges to the traditional academic requirements?

    How should badges be implemented as part of a greater academic online presence?