Donald Brinkman

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Donald Brinkman manages external programs in digital humanities, digital heritage and games for learning at Microsoft Research.

Donald supports the Games for Learning Institute, a consortium of 8 universities, 14 principal investigators, and a small army of graduate students whose mission is to explore what makes games fun, what makes them educational, and how to best blend the two goals. He is the Microsoft champion for the Just Press Play project, an experiment to transform the undergraduate education of 750 students at Rochester Institute of Technology into a gameful narrative. Other projects include Project Garibaldi and Game Show NYC.

Before joining MSR, Donald served for two years as a technical program manager for the Microsoft education group. In that role he was responsible for defining vision of innovative business intelligence and analytics for education as well as driving a variety of enterprise-scale server capabilities. Prior to joining Microsoft he spent eight years in developmental and technical roles acquiring and executing government research contracts in areas such as quantum computation; signals intelligence; electromagnetic and kinetic simulations; behavioral economics; game theory; and cross-cultural communications. Donald is a writer, painter, game designer, and a passionate advocate of the benefits of building bridges between technical and humanist disciplines. He is particularly interested in disruptive technologies that leverage crowdsourcing, social computing, culture jamming, transmedia, and other non-traditional approaches.

You can find out more about Donald at Next@Microsoft.

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Unconference Session 2 -- Taxonomies and Pilots

Badge Taxonomies

The OBI ecosystem could benefit from some basic enumarations and classifications.  First possibility discussed was a scoping field.  It could for example hold:

Micro -- very small tasks accomplished by the user, almost like instrumentation of user actions or a single concept

Small -- Small bits of mastery -- like learning a single chapter's lessons

Medium - A bigger chunk, like a unit or a week of work

Large --Pretty big, like an entire course

Certification -- final demonstration of mastery.  This is like a proctored test.

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