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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:

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.

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 ( 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 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. (

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