York University professor is also an alien named Criticare

Kevin Szymanski grew up playing the video game StarCraft partially because he loved how the MMORPG (massive multi-player online video game) boosted his character’s reputation: he would gain experience points, or get a new level of armour, and other players would show him more respect after he leveled up. Now a York University student studying kinesiology, he’s found himself deep in the trenches of gaming yet again, thanks to Dr. Cael Cohen’s unique treatment of her first-year course Reasoning about Morality and Values: Critical Thinking Skills for Everyday Life. It began on May 9 (and is available in the fall) and is offered as a fully online or blended (partially in-class and online) course. What makes this philosophy class so enticing to students is how it borrows gamification elements from…


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