Rollie Barnes – Learning Designer, Teacher, Gamer, Maker


I have been a teacher for over 20 years – both at the college and high school levels. My training is in English, but I also teach a variety of technology and digital arts courses, including Audio Production, Video Production, 3D Modeling, and Java Programming.

My English courses have ranged from Children’s Literature, Speculative Fiction Literature, Fiction writing, Creative nonfiction to AP Language and Composition.

I’ve designed and taught intensive (3-week experiential) courses in Travel Writing and Photography via Amtrak, Backyard Engineering, Stage Combat, Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse, Multimedia Production, The Modern Graphic Novel, Heroes Myths and Legends, Game Design, Independent Publishing, and Media Adaptations.

Personally, I have a passion for gaming and gameful design, and my learning design work has centered around bringing game mechanics and motivational affordances into my classroom and eLearning projects. I also spend as much time as I can reading, writing, 3D designing and printing, and renovating our turn of the century farm house with my wife.