Put all your hard-won knowledge of LOTRO to use by taking a FREE online college course about MMO gaming!
The next session of the Coursera course “Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative” starts on Monday, July 14. The course focuses on how a story like “The Lord of Rings” undergoes changes as it is presented in different media forms, such as book, movie and game. The distinction track of the course requires students to complete in-game assignments in LOTRO.
The Courserrim kinship here on Landroval will be working closely with the course staff to assist the students in completing the in-game assignments of the course (some assignments, such as the Chicken Run to Rivendell, and certain fellowship instances, are difficult or impossible to successfully complete solo).
The course runs for 6 weeks. None of the in-game assignments require your character to be above the low 20s in level by the end of the course, so many people who take the course start a new character solely for the purpose of participating in course activity.
If you are interested in participating, here are some resources that you may find useful!
https://www.coursera.org/course/onlinegames Official Coursera site for the course. You can go here to sign up for the course. This site will also contain the video lectures, assignments, quizzes, and course forums when the course goes live in a couple days.
https://www.facebook.com/Coursera.onlinegames Coursera facebook page for the course. This community site features contributions from the course staff and students. This site is maintained by the course staff.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Onlin...95484307162126 Landroval facebook page for the course. This community site is similar to the above site, but it focuses more on course activity that takes place on the Landroval server. This site is maintained by current players on Landroval who have taken the course in the past.
http://courserrim.guildlaunch.com/ Courserrim website. This is a Landroval cross-kinship website that discusses activities relating to both the Courserrim kinship and to other kinships to which Coursera students belong to. During the time the course is in session, much activity on the website is devoted to helping students complete the in-game assignments connected with the course. Anyone interested in the course is encouraged to join the website regardless of which kin you are associated with. In the upper-left corner of the home page, there is an “Apply for Website Membership” link that you can use to apply, so that you can get permission to post on the website.
http://courserrim.guildlaunch.com/fo...676&gid=345552 The coursera chat channel. This is a LOTRO user chat channel which people interested in discussing the course can use to communicate in-game.
Lastly, if you have any other questions that aren’t covered by the above, you can ask here, or send in-game mail to Briallan on Landroval … who is (mostly) prompt about replying within a day or so. I hope many of you will participate, and I look forward to meeting you as fellow students!
By the way, did I mention the course was FREE? Well it is!