Independent Research Projects

Independent Research #1: Class and Game Culture
Take any ONE of the games discussed in the book thus far (and highlighted in the videos), and discuss challenges it may pose for people with disabilities in any of the three “classes” listed as part of the CVAA (this information is found in the article, “New Requirements”). Distill your thoughts into 250 words or less. This work is due before noon next Monday (8/29), uploaded to the class Dropbox. Create a .doc NOT a .pdf. Name your project: <your last name>-research1

Independent Research #2: Videos Games and Oppression
Take any ONE of the games highlighted in the book and in videos for this week, and discuss possible ways it may have or may not have encouraged an environment of oppression. Distill your thoughts into 250 words or less. This work is due before noon next Monday (9/5), uploaded to the class Dropbox. Create a .doc NOT a .pdf. Name your project: <your last name>-research2

Independent Research #3: Violence toward Women in Video Games
Respond to Saar’s contention that video games promote violence toward women. You may use any of the games listed for this week’s viewing to back up your own claims. Distill your thoughts into 250 words or less. This work is due before noon next Monday (9/12), uploaded to the class Dropbox. Create a .doc NOT a .pdf. Name your project: <your last name>-research3

Independent Research #4: Principles of Instructional Design & Higher Ed
In what ways does the GUI interface introduced by Apple promote the principles of instructional design? Distill your thoughts into 250 words or less. This work is due before noon next Monday (9/19), uploaded to the class Dropbox. Create a .doc NOT a .pdf. Name your project: <your last name>-research4

Independent Research #5: Video Games and Ethics
Connect two reading assignments to one video game you have studied in this course. Explain how that particular game fits or does not fit the views promoted in the readings. Distill your thoughts into 250 words or less. This work is due before noon next Monday (9/26), uploaded to the class Dropbox. Create a .doc NOT a .pdf. Name your project: <your last name>-research5

Independent Research #6: Use of Indian Names for Sports Teams
Discuss the controversy concerning sports teams using “Indian” names. Incorporate the readings and games you have studied (or know) to make your point. Distill your thoughts into 250 words or less. This work is due before noon next Monday (10/3), uploaded to the class Dropbox. Create a .doc NOT a .pdf. Name your project: <your last name>-research6

Independent Research #7: Lack of Diversity in the Historical Account of Video Games
Purple Moon and Biblical Adventures were but two of the attempts to broaden the appeal of games. The book however focuses much of its attention on commercial games to the neglect of this area. Identify and discuss one game not listed in this book that takes a social justice approach. Distill your thoughts into 250 words or less. This work is due before noon next Monday (10/10), uploaded to the class Dropbox. Create a .doc NOT a .pdf. Name your project: <your last name>-research7

Independent Research #8: Rape in Cyberspace
Considering how seriously people take their online lives today, whether it is a gaming environment or social media, respond to Dibbell’s essay, answering this question, Is rape really rape in virtual space? Distill your thoughts into 250 words or less. This work is due before noon next Monday (10/17), uploaded to the class Dropbox. Create a .doc NOT a .pdf. Name your project: <your last name>-research8

Independent Research #9: Fatism and Disabilities
Respond to the theme/stance found one of the two supplemental readings or the chapter from Readings for Diversity. Distill your thoughts into 250 words or less. This work is due before noon next Monday (10/24), uploaded to the class Dropbox. Create a .doc NOT a .pdf. Name your project: <your last name>-research9

Independent Research #10: Students’ Choice of Topic
Select any one of the topics you explored during the semester and discuss it further. Distill your thoughts into 250 words or less. This work is due before noon next Monday (10/31), uploaded to the class Dropbox. Create a .doc NOT a .pdf. Name your project: <your last name>-research10