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2016 - Elections - Who's Running?

Posted By Matt Nolin, Thursday, January 28, 2016

Please see the following information about the 4 individuals who are running for the steering committee for the IGDA LEG SIG.

Karen Schrier

Hi everyone, 


I am very excited to announce my candidacy for the Steering Committee of the Learning and Education Games (LEG) SIG. 


I am a founding member of this SIG and have been a steering committee member for the past two years. I am also the lead editor of our book series, Learning, Education & Games, published by ETC Press and accessible at: http://press.etc.cmu.edu/content/learning-education-and-games-volume-one-curricular-and-design-considerations

The two books were written, reviewed, and edited by members of our SIG. The second book will be published in the next few months. 

As a Steering Committee member, I want to continue to help the LEG SIG grow. I am particularly eager to create new ways of connecting members to each other, and help members find partners to collaborate on grants, games, research, and writing.

 

I also want to help communicate the latest research and best practices in games and learning—whether through books, media, whitepapers, meetups, webinars, case studies, blogs, conferences, company visits, exemplars, or online databases.

 

Specifically I am working on:

 

*”Matchmaking” LEG members with others

*Researching the needs of members

*Creating a website/blog to house some of the LEG book content, and new content

*Finishing our second book

I have been enthusiastically playing, designing, and researching games for many years. I am currently an Assistant Professor in Media Arts and the Director of the Games and Emerging Media program at Marist College. I am also the director of the Play Innovation Lab, where I work with students to create playful learning experiences. Prior to Marist, I worked in the industry for over adecade, at places like Nickelodeon, Scholastic, BrainPOP, and ESI Design. I am excited that my new book, “Knowledge Games,” will be published in May 2016 by Johns Hopkins University Press.
https://jhupbooks.press.jhu.edu/content/knowledge-games


The LEG SIG is an inspiring community of thought leaders, practitioners, and educators, and I would be honored to keep serving on the steering committee.

 

Matt Nolin
Hi folks,

I'm also announcing my candidacy for the Steering Committee of the Learning and Education Games (LEG) SIG.

I've been involved in the SIG since 2012 and have been a steering committee member for the past two years. I've been involved in coordinating meetings, our webpage, our new slack channel and a variety of general SIG needs that have come up. I was also involved in a chapter for the second book in the Learning, Education & Games series.

For those of you who don't know, I'm a developer/producer at 1st Playable Productions where I'm involved in a large variety of projects (educational games such as LeapFrog's Imagicard series, and other non-educational-focused ones such as Wheel of Fortune). I'm also previous President/Vice President and current member of the Cohoes City School District Board of Education. In addition, I'm the Vice President for Games in Education (http://gamesineducation.org/) which runs the annual Games in Education Symposium in upstate NY (a free PD conference on games / new media for educators). I also am an avid soccer fan and player and of course enjoy playing video games as well.

As a steering committee member I would like to continue helping the SIG however I can. When people have requested things such as the igda.org website, a slack channel, an upcoming conferences list and more I've been able to help pull those things together for the group. I feel as though I can continue to help in these areas and others as the SIG moves forward. I am very excited about the possibility of a blog for the SIG and feel it would be a great way for the SIG members to come together and also help the group have more of an outward facing identity -- one that could be really beneficial to a large group of people.

I feel the SIG is a great community that can bring people together and serve a great need as well -- I'd be excited to continue serving on the steering committee.

Thanks for reading!


David Simkins
I am announcing my candidacy for the Steering Committee of the Learning and Educational Games SIG.

I am a founding member and have been a member of the steering committee since the beginning. I have been involved in the coordination of meetings at conferences.

I am an assistant professor of Game Design and Development at the Rochester Institute of Technology. I earned my PhD in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a founding member of the games+learning+society (GLS) group there, I have been active as co-chair and manager of several conferences, and have worked both on the development and the assessment of games for learning. My primary field of research is in the learning that occurs through role play in formal and informal learning environments. I am also a developer of role play both for learning and for entertainment. My book on learning in live action role play, The Arts of Larp: Design, Literacy, Learning and Community in Live Action Role Play, was published early in 2015.

As a steering committee member I would like to help focus our efforts on a few goals where we can gain traction and have a positive impact. This has been a successful approach in the past, with the SIG's successes in bringing people together at GDC and other conferences, and the two LEG SIG books on learning games edited by Karen Schrier and published by ETC press. The priorities should be guided by the results from the survey Sabrina and Karen created, and I would like to work to set up specific outcomes for projects and reporting mechanisms to keep the SIG informed of progress on our initiatives.

I believe there is a great deal the LEG SIG can offer and has offered to the understanding, development, dissemination and implementation of learning games. I think we are just at the beginning of the work needed, and I hope I can help the SIG to identify and achieve our priorities.


 

Elena Bertozzi
Hello All,

I'd be happy to stay on the steering committee or happy to let others have a whack at it if they are so inclined.

Here is a quick blurb about me:


Over the past 18 years, Dr. Elena Bertozzi and her team have worked with scientists, artists and healthcare professionals on a variety of games that incentivize players to seek and achieve positive behavioral change. Bertozzi has written extensively on gender, sexuality and technological self-efficacy. Motivated by her experiences in using games to address previously intractable problems, she studies ways in which interactive technologies can guide players towards better decision making based on accurate knowledge.  She is interested in how to design, develop and deploy impactful games in areas in which they can be of the most use. The Bertozzi group at Quinnipiac University specializes in leveraging current technologies to produce low-cost  games that can be delivered over the most accessible device for the target audience. (http://ardeaarts.org/vita.html)

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2015.05.15 - Meeting Notes

Posted By Matt Nolin, Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Here are the highlights from the meeting below and the chatlog is attached.

Who attended:
Matt Nolin
Paul Gestwicki
Karen Schrier
Stephen Jacobs
Sabrina Culyba
Josephine

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2015.04.17 - Meeting Notes

Posted By Matt Nolin, Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Here are the highlights from the meeting below and the chatlog is attached.

  • Misc Discussion
    • Who's attending Games for Change?
    • Reviewing articles for the journal
  • Items for the group to pursue

Who attended:
Matt Nolin
Elena Bertozzi
David Simkins
Karen Schrier
Stephen Jacobs
Sabrina Culyba
Paul Darvasi
Tobi Saulnier

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2015.03.20 - Meeting Notes

Posted By Matt Nolin, Friday, April 17, 2015

Here are the highlights from the meeting below and the chatlog is attached.

  • Misc Discussion
    • GoToMeeting was updated, takes some getting used to, but we did figure out how to pull out the text section so you can increase the width / size of the area (drag the header out and it pulls out into its own window which only works on windows currently
    • Who was at GDC? Who wasn't? split pretty evenly
    • IGDA LEG SIG overview
    • Game Design handbook for educational games from Glasslab Games (Erin and Michael are both LEG members)
  • Items for the group to pursue
    • Important to note that each one of these needs a leader/champion or two to help push it along, folks who volunteered for those roles are in parenthesis listed above
    • Talked about perhaps having separate breakout meetings for the topics to better focus on them.
    • Book 2 update: Waiting on final chapters to come in and then a final edit and off to the publisher
    • Upcoming things: Games for Change Festival, GLS in July, AERA in April, DiGRA in May, Gen Con, Serious Play - -our online spreadsheet listing these is available at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1l2pk5YKs1Xn84yDvIOwLhBYgDA7MJu1btCH1boAgD-k/edit#gid=1610378057

Who attended:
Matt Nolin
Elena Bertozzi
David Simkins
Karen Schrier
Scott Reinke
Laura Lantz
Josephine Tsay
Rob Lockhart
Sabrina Culyba
Michael John
Erin Hoffman
Osvaldo

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2015.02.20 - Meeting Notes

Posted By Matt Nolin, Monday, February 23, 2015

Here are the highlights from the meeting below and the chatlog is attached.

  • Now I Get It! Jam
    • Idea is to get educators and developers together to make playable experiences that tackle hard concepts
    • 2.5 day event in Pittsburgh, following a summit at Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Center about transformational experiences
    • Primarily focused on digital games but wouldn't disallow a physical game
    • Looking for 10 ideas of difficult concepts that might benefit from an interactive, playful experience
    • Spread the word!
  • GDC
    • Who's attending, meeting plans, etc.
    • Existing plan for the meeting
      • Introduce leaders to contact for more info
      • How to get on the mailing list / meetings outside of GDC
      • Initiatives from the last year
      • Initiatives for this year
      • Initiates we want but have not been scheduled/solicitation of new initiatives
    • Folks really enjoyed learning about everyone else last year, although it took a large portion of the meeting perhaps there's a way to keep that portion of the meeting since many found it valuable
    • Perhaps break into smaller groups to meet a smaller group (maybe based on topics? like breakout groups?) in detail then come back to the full group to do the rest of the meeting. Would provide an opportunity to learn more in detail with folks but not require the whole time.
    • Publicize the new book! Matt to get flyers from Karen to have available at the meeting

Who attended:
Matt Nolin
Sabrina Culyba
Scott Nicholson
Karen Schrier
Laura Lantz
Paul Gestwicki

 

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2015.01.16 - Meeting Notes

Posted By Matt Nolin, Friday, January 16, 2015

Here are the highlights from the meeting below and the chatlog is attached.

  • Introductions
  • Agenda
  • GDC
    • Who's attending, meeting plans, etc.
    • Maybe setup a meeting outside the conference so folks without passes can join
    • Plan for the meeting?
      • Introduce leaders to contact for more info
      • How to get on the mailing list / meetings outside of GDC
      • Initiatives from the last year
      • Initiatives for this year
      • Initiates we want but have not been scheduled/solicitation of new initiatives
  • What other things do we want to accomplish this year? 
    • More participation from the members who are running commercial education game studios on issues that are important to them?
    • Public directory of folks?
      • For networking?
      • A place for folks who are trying to hire devs and designers?
      • Speakers list?
    • Blog?
      • This idea has some pretty immediate traction
      • Further discussion and info from the meeting is located in the forum
  • Book 2
    • Final editing stages. Final edits due March 1st. Then another round of final edits and off to the publisher.
    • Likely 2-3 months from March 1st before finishing
  • Well Played Issue
    • Submissions need to happen by the end of the month.
    • Folks may also help review pieces.
    • Initial email to the group with info is located here
  • GDC NY Grouping
    • 1P trying to see if they can organize some sort of NY @ GDC group presence. Whether that's a listing at each of our booths listing other NY devs/groups at GDC or what we're not exactly sure yet but figured I'd mention it.
  • Will follow up on elections next meeting

Who attended:
Anne Snyder
Matt Nolin
Brock Dubbels
David Simkins
Karen Schrier
Katrin Becker
Lee Sheldon
LP
Mark Chen
Paul Darvasi
Stephen Jacobs
Tobi Saulnier
Jacob Pollak
Elena Bertozzi

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2014.10.24 - Meeting Notes

Posted By Matt Nolin, Friday, January 16, 2015

Here are the highlights from the meeting below and the chatlog is attached.

  • Introductions
  • Book 1 Launched!
  • Recap of White House Educational Game Jam
    • Tweets at #whgamejam
    • Videos of final projects on Youtube
    • Plan to do a case study for Book 2
  • Updated igda.org/leg web page with additional information / various tweaks
  • Look into using a better solution for chatting, Slack / Hipchat are options but require creating an account.
  • Book 2 is focused on Contexts in Learning / How to use games in differing contexts

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2014.09.19 - Meeting Notes

Posted By Matt Nolin, Thursday, October 23, 2014
Here are the highlights from the meeting below and the chatlog is attached.
  • Introductions
  • Book Update
  • Mark mentioned he was asked by Maker to write a blog post version of a summary of the game making tools spreadsheet if anyone wanted to help with that.
  • Website? How are we doing there?
    • Page that lists what folks had wanted to put on the site was here. Was having trouble with permissions due to a change @1stplayable.com google docs handling so folks could not access it (UPDATE: created a new one with permissions that should allow anyone to edit - this page should be accessible by all 
    • Updated site to link to the legbookseries wordpress page.
    • Want to continue working on the site to get it polished.
  • GDC
    • Discussions on submitting to Ed Summit (about teaching people to be game devs vs making games for learning and education), if it's something folks will be doing, some folks are (Stephen).
    • Call closes 10/3
    • Information about what makes a stronger presentation that may be more likely to be accepted.
    • GDC Next in November in LA for any members attending

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2014.08.15 - Meeting Notes

Posted By Matt Nolin, Thursday, October 23, 2014

This month we didn't hold a full regular meeting but had a quick email update:

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2014.07.18 - Meeting Notes

Posted By Matt Nolin, Thursday, October 23, 2014
Updated: Thursday, October 23, 2014

This month we didn't hold a full regular meeting but had a quick email update:

  • Mentioned our site (this one!) was live and available for folks to view at http://igda.org/leg.
    • Has some placeholder information but a place for us to keep everything we are working on, list upcoming events, etc.
  • Requested feedback on the site
  • Would like to include information on the books / updates on the books progress.
  • Could add additional resources to the site (something that was discussed previously).
  • Worthwhile to have a place where members can post their (or other) publications having to do with learning and educational games?
  • Katrin still interested in helping with game reviews / analyses.
  • Katrin mentioned her book called "Choosing and Using Digital Games in the Classroom  – A Practical Guide". The table of contents is here: http://minkhollow.ca/MagicBullet/doku.php?id=book-toc It should be out mid-end 2015.

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