From World of Warcraft to Fold.it and Beyond
The Opportunities & Challenges to Designing Games for Scientific Participation
February 21, 2014 12:00 PM
February 21, 2014 1:00 PM
NSF Room 110
Designing Disruptive Learning Technologies Webinar Series
Kurt Squire - University of Wisconsin-Madison
Digital games like World of Warcraft and Fold.it are compelling examples of how technology can engage thousands of learners in solving complex problems -- even in making scientific discoveries. But what does it take to foster learning in the midst of such enthusiastic engagement? In this presentation, I will draw from a decade of research in how people learn and interact in online gaming environments and present findings from our work designing online environments for science learning. I will present pedagogical models for integrating gaming technologies into classrooms and research exploring how these games work for learning. Both the potential of games for science learning and challenges for leveraging gaming technologies at scale will be presented, as well as implications for further research on how people learn.
Kurt Squire is a Romnes Professor in Digital Media in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Director of the Games+Learning+Society Theme at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. Squire is also a co-founder and Vice President of Research for the Learning Games Network, a non-profit network expanding the role of games and learning. Squire is an internationally recognized leader in digital media in technology and has delivered dozens of invited addresses across Europe, Asia, and North America and written over 75 scholarly articles on digital media and education. Squire's research investigates the potential of digital game-based technologies for learning, and has resulted in several software projects includingARIS, Virulent, Citizen Science, among others. Squire is the recipient of an NSF CAREER grant, and grants from the NSF, Gates Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, AMD Foundation, Microsoft, Data Recognition Corporation and others. Squire was also a co-founder of Joystick101.org, and for several years wrote a column with Henry Jenkins for Computer Games magazine.
The Webinar will be held from 12:00pm to 1:00pm Eastern Time on Friday, Feburary 21, 2014.
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