Keppa (NA)
: I took a LoL class in college. Pretty fun and learned a lot. It's not a full blown course and it was pass/fail and doesn't count towards your GPA. Basically, things like this should be extracurricular and managed by interested students.
Dadosa (NA)
: I'm going to college to get a stable, above average paying job. Considering most people will not make a living playing league, this seems like a waste. But I mean if its just for an elective, who cares. I'm going for mechanical engineering but I took Mythology as a elective because it sounded interesting and I needed to fill the spot. So as long as this is just a class (not a whole degree path or anything), it sounds fun!
This class is just for fun and is only worth a 1-2 units of Pass/No Pass credit. Most students take classes like this (known as a decal: www.decal.org) to meet minimum unit requirements per semester. I'm personally an Electrical Engineering & Computer Science major and I helped teach this class because I thought it would be fun and a great way to meet other League players. And it was!
: its a deCal course, not a real academic course. theres really no reason to take a deCal unless your friends are in it - most of the guys running it are probably just friends that want some extra lines on their resume, who got their friends to sign up.
I can speak for myself here (I'm one of the facilitators). I only knew one of the other 3 facilitators, and out of the 45 students that took the class, I only knew 3 of them beforehand. Facilitating and teaching this course was a great way for me to meet other League of Legends players! For me, teaching in this kind of environment (I also do the same with a Computer Science course that I TA for) is like teaching your peers, so it's a lot of fun! It is true that most of the students who signed up for the decal knew at least one other student in the class, since it's a lot more fun that way.
: read what a deCal is and it is more of a "club" - no grades, no professor, etc. It gives you one credit, and there is a maximum number you can take per semester. Its like a PE course. Students take deCals if they want to take the minimum required units per semester. 3x4 unit classes and 2 decals to hit the 14 minimum.
Yeah, it's an interesting hybrid between a club and a formal class setting. There are student facilitators/instructors, and there is an official instructor of record who sponsors the course and provides guidance. They also are responsible for submitting final grades for the course. Decals can only be taken on a Pass / No Pass basis, so there are no letter grades. However, it **is** possible to fail a decal if you don't do any of the work.
: \m/ thanks for doing the class! also, shoutouts to shorhon, she's the one who told me about you folks <3
Thanked Shorhon myself as well. :) Wouldn't have this here if it weren't for her telling you about the class!
zerxy0 (NA)
: 110 students took the course; woah =O That's bigger than my friend list.
110 students showed up to the first class with interest, but we could only enroll 45 of them due to resource limitations. :(
: why is it that they're just conveniently almost exclusively asians?
Overall, UC Berkeley has a lot of White and Asian ethnicities represented. I can assure you that the Berkeley Legends club and the class were fairly diverse, but we just didn't have a lot of good pictures to choose from for this post. :(
: I'm liking the idea of it being offered as a Leadership class, possibly. - I love that there's the team work component, and I can tell you (and so can everyone else in the game) that if my team does not decide to work together in the various and distinct roles of the game, that games goes to shit real fast. Welcome to the real world. ps. - College, I remember that one time you made take a few classes that were filler (archery, plz, why?). This would be amazing.
The way courses like this are offered at UC Berkeley is through a system called Decal (http://www.decal.org/). The system is meant to be a way for students to create and facilitate courses on various subjects. Decals do not satisfy any requirements for any major, and the only thing you get out of it from the perspective of college is college units. For instance, most decals are worth 1-2 units (a typical class is worth 3-4 units). Students often elect to take decals out of interest in the topic and/or to meet minimum unit requirements per semester.
: Do you guys know what campus of Berkeley it is in California? Because I know there are alot of different locations. Someone please reply. Thank You :)
This particular course is offered at the University of California, Berkeley.
: I'm unaware of classes on individual sports. Why would there be classes on individual video games? I'm speaking of course for academic credit. sure you can pay someone to teach you anything, but that doesn't mean it should apply toward achievement in an area of unrelated study. I could see a week or two of a general course on modern mobas, microtransaction games, or any of a dozen other topics being dedicated to LOL; as part of any of several degree programs in the video game industry. But, this is pretty clearly a handful of kids bullshitting thier way into doing what they want to on someone else's dime.
From my response above: > The way courses like this are offered at UC Berkeley is through a system called Decal (http://www.decal.org/). The system is meant to be a way for students to create and facilitate courses on various subjects. Decals do not satisfy any requirements for any major, and the only thing you get out of it from the perspective of college is college units. For instance, most decals are worth 1-2 units (a typical class is worth 3-4 units). Students often elect to take decals out of interest in the topic and/or to meet minimum unit requirements per semester. In no way do decals apply towards achievement in an area of unrelated study, since students still have to complete all of their actual requirements for their degree.
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: Thanks for posting this, Silog! The class was a ton of fun to organize and teach since LoL is an excellent stepping stone to discuss a wide variety of topics. Berkeley may be the first to offer a class like this, but I'm confident we won't be the last!

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