Join this panel of experts as they discuss the social, political, cultural, and pedagogical role of games and play in the 21st century. Topics include studying, creating, and critiquing games and the importance of play in developing critical thinking and digital literacy skills.
Watch the livestream at Oct. 31st 12pm-1pm @ immerse.network/medialiteracy2016
Alexandra Orlando is a PhD candidate writing about eSports and gender. She is also the editor-in-chief of First Person Scholar, a web-based publication that seeks to foster and promote the study, criticism, and literacy surrounding games and culture.
Dr. Neil Randall
Neil Randall is the Director of The Games Institute, a multi-disciplinary research centre at the University of Waterloo. An Associate Professor in the Department of English, Dr. Randall works in fields such as the design of historical simulation games, the study of game adaptations of artistic works, and the study and implementation of purposeful games.
Dr. Steve Wilcox
Steve Wilcox is an instructor in the Game Design & Development program at Wilfred Laurier University. He has developed numerous serious and purposeful games in the areas of health, wellness, professional training, and cross-cultural communication.
Moderated by Dr. Jen Whitson
Dr. Jen Whitson is a sociologist who researches the secret life of software, the people who make it, and how both change our daily lives. Her current projects centre on digital media incubators, indie game makers and how they sustain their creative work, and on the surveillance implications of data-driven design.