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'Fostering Community, Creativity and Collaboration Through Play' Is Topic for Provost's Conversations

The Provost's Conversations on Teaching and Learning, a brown bag lunch series, continues Thursday, Nov. 29, with a discussion led by Kevin Moberly, assistant professor of rhetoric, new media and game studies in the Department of English.

Presented by the Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT), the Office of Distance Learning and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Carol Simpson, these conversations are open to all faculty members, and offer the opportunity to reflect and share about the teaching and learning process. The CLT will provide drinks and dessert.

Moberly will speak on "Playing the Part: Fostering Community, Creativity and Collaboration
Through Play" from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Learning Commons Conference Room at Perry Library.

Moberly teaches courses on historical rhetoric, digital culture and computer games. His research focuses on understanding and exploiting the discursive potentials of computer games and similar computer-enabled manifestations of popular culture.

His interest in the rhetorical and pedagogical possibilities of play has led to the publication of a number of articles and book chapters that explore how computer games simultaneously affirm and challenge the already-uneasy distinctions between work, leisure, production and consumption. Moberly is currently working on a book-length study (co-authored with his brother, Brent Moberly) that examines how medieval-themed computer games function within and against the larger material context of late capitalism.

He is also developing an online graphical learning environment, BrightMOO ( ) that allows participants to experiment with the type of three-dimensional graphical conversations that define contemporary computer games.

For more information about the Provost's Conversations on Teaching and Learning series, including highlights from past years' Conversations and a calendar of upcoming dates, visit

Past Conversations can also be viewed on your iPAD. To get the app, search the App Store for CLT ODU on your iPad or use your Web browser to view the iTunes preview.

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