GHC teacher applies her knowledge of game design in the classroom | Education
Students taking Victoria Banks’ English Composition courses at Georgia Highlands College this fall may find themselves working to gain “experience points” while completing homework and participating in class discussions.
During his graduate studies, Banks focused on media rhetoric, interactive narrative design, and scripting in video games.
“I worked as a video game reporter while completing my capstone, interactive script and gameplay demo for a sci-fi (role-playing) RPG,” she said. “Along with these projects and experiences, I pursued a career in academia and applied my experience of game design and interactivity to the classroom.
Banks likes to include reward systems, quests, levels, and more interactive elements to facilitate an engaging classroom experience.
“My students actually call me Professor Pumpkin,” Banks said. “Pumpkin has always been one of my nicknames / pseudonyms as a player and content creator, so my students have started using it as well. “
Banks said it wasn’t until she entered college that she realized she had a passion for academia.
“I found my mindset expanding, my knowledge growing and my writing skills honed through collaboration with other students and creative instructors,” she said. “I admired many teachers who guided and encouraged me, so I wanted to have a similar positive impact on my colleagues and students.”
Banks said the collaboration and the ways in which the professors supported each other attracted her to GHC. In addition to serving the students inside the classroom, she aims to contribute to the development of the Writing Center and the growth of the English department.
Describing herself as a “Renaissance woman,” Banks said most of her free time was spent collaborating at the creative writing club, working on indie game projects, practicing in a gym. mixed martial arts, hiking with your dog, or learning new skills.
“Although I have a background in game script writing and narrative design, I have also studied various areas of media composition such as film, television, graphic novels, social media and more,” she declared.
Banks said she hopes to offer a unique perspective on multimodal composition and rhetoric while helping to develop the writing center to its full potential.