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The Higher Education Video Game Alliance invites you to join us at a celebration of games in higher education at the Games+Learning+Society Conference in Madison WI on Tuesday, July 7 from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Traditional Wisconsin fare will be served. Join us for food, drink, great company, and a beautiful view of Lake Mendota!
There is a game-based learning gap. This gap exists between how games are designed and the day-to-day needs of educators interested in facilitating game-based learning. Game design is routinely driven by either higher education research or industry trends. Where are the voices of educators? Is it possible to map the #gblgap? The number of hours a typical game designer spends in K-12 classrooms is far fewer than the 1,350 an average teacher does each year. Similarly, seldom are educators invited to share, learn, and create with game designers and leading researchers. The Games+Learning+Society (GLS) Center is committed to identifying and closing the game-based learning gap. We need more games designed expressly to meet educators’ teaching needs and – ultimately – students’ learning needs, too.
Over the next few months the GLS Center will begin a series of conversations about the #gblgap. The GLS Center is uniquely positioned to facilitate conversations for better understanding the #gblgap, and for also seeding collaborations and creations to better meet the authentic needs of educators across grade levels, settings, and disciplines. Some of these conversations will occur online via social media, others will happen in person at various events and conferences.
Join the #gblgap Conversation:
Friday, May 8th: Ohio University Playful Learning Summit
Saturday, May 16th: Clemson University Playful Learning Summit
Wednesday, May 27th: #edtechbridge Twitter chat at 7 PM EST
Tuesday, July 7th: Playful Learning Summit at GLS11
Be sure to check back often as we post information about additional #gblgap Twitter chats and webinars.
The Games+Learning+Society Doctoral Consortium offers select graduate students the opportunity for valuable career advice and critical feedback on their scholarship. Graduate students working on their dissertations will receive feedback on their research trajectories, publishing advice from successful authors and journal editors, and timely information about the job search from early career scholars who have recently been on the market. They will also have the opportunity to build new peer relationships and potential collaborations with other graduate students who are part of the consortium.
THE APPLICATION PROCESS
To apply, please send a 2-page CV and a 1000-word prospectus (excluding references) describing the (1) goals of your research project, (2) research question(s), (3) background & theoretical frame, (4) methodology, (5) current status of your project, and a (6) description of the topics that you would like to address at the doctoral consortium.
This prospectus should be saved in PDF format and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
APPLICATIONS ARE DUE ON April 10, 2015.
The Doctoral Consortium will take place immediately prior to the GLS Conference, on July 7, 2015, in Madison, Wisconsin. The consortium is free to accepted participants, and we are delighted to announce that accepted participants will also have their GLS Conference registration fees comped.
Questions about the consortium or the application process? Contact the DC Co-Chairs, Deborah Fields, at email@example.com and David Simkins, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Android: Netrunner is a card game that has taken the game design world by storm. At this year’s GLS, Indiana University’s Playful Culture Lab will host a Networking with Netrunner meetup in the Memorial Union Tripp Commons on the Tuesday evening before the conference. If you’re interested in learning how to play Netrunner, we’re happy to teach you! If you already know how and want to have some fun playing with other GLS attendees, bring your decks. If you’d rather play some other game, like Magic: The Gathering, The Metagame, One Night Ultimate Werewolf, Family Business, definitely come and play with us! And, of course,if you’d just like to stop by, socialize, and meet other GLS attendees, then by all means, do.
Join us on the afternoon of Friday, July 10 for a a launch party celebrating the return of Zoombinis! We’ll be serving pizza and locally-made Wisconsin ice cream. Want to learn more about the game? Check out their Kickstarter page for more info.
Dr. Seann Dikkers is an assistant professor in Educational Studies at Ohio University. He received his bachelor’s degree in education, political science and philosophy, a master’s degree in educational leadership from Bethel University, and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on educational technologies from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. His fields of scholarship include curriculum and instruction, educational technologies, and educational leadership. Previously he served in public schools as a teacher and principal for fourteen years. As the founder and director of Gaming Matter, Dikkers is investigating new media integration strategies for educational leadership, teaching, and learning. His work bridges pedagogy, leadership, and policy studies seeking practical solutions for schools. Projects include CivWorld, ParkQuest, History in our Hands, Mobile Media Learning, Augmented Reality and Interactive Storytelling editor (ARIS), the Comprehensive Assessment for Leadership in Learning (CALL), Real-Time Research, and the Teacher’s Toolbox.
Kip Glazer is a native of Seoul, South Korea, and immigrated to the United States in 1993 as a college student. In 2002, she graduated Cum Laude from California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. She earned her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Chapman University in 2004, while receiving her California Single Subject Teaching Credential in both Social Studies and English. Since then, she has earned additional teaching credentials in Health, Foundational Mathematics, and School Administration. Mrs. Glazer is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Learning Technologies at Pepperdine University.
In 2003, Mrs. Glazer began her teaching career as a Social Studies and English Language Development teacher at the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District. She has taught a broad spectrum of English classes, ranging from English Development classes for Second-Language Learners to Advanced Placement English Literature classes for seniors. Her Social Studies portfolio includes diverse subjects such as world history, U.S. history, government and economics. In 2006, she joined the Kern High School District in Bakersfield, California. She currently teaches senior English classes at Independence High School in Bakersfield, where she also serves as the Assistant Dean of Students. She has also worked for the Kern County Office of Education Migrant Program as a Pre-College Program writing instructor since 2008. In June of 2012, she taught a writing course at California State University, Bakersfield, as an adjunct instructor. In October 2012, Mrs. Glazer began working with the Digital Youth Network to connect her high school seniors with the sixth graders at three Chicago middle schools.
Mrs. Glazer also has a proven track record in coaching academic teams. In 2009, she won the Outstanding Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) Advisor Award for the State of California for her outstanding contribution to Arvin High School HOSA team that qualified for the HOSA Nationals. She has also written and won several grants from several renowned organizations such as Teacher’s Network Leadership Institute in New York, Santa Barbara County Office of Education and California State University, Chico. She is the current team leader for Independence High School’s Teachers’ Professional Development Grant funded by California State University, Chico.
Her other awards include The Korean-American Educational Award presented by the Los Angeles Korean-American Association for her volunteer work in the Bakersfield Korean community, and the International Women’s Day Award in Education from the Bakersfield International Women’s Association for her community involvement. In 2013, she was nominated for the Jim Burk Ford Foundation Teacher of the Year, representing Independence High School. She was named the Kern County Teacher of the Year in May of 2014.
Sujata Bhatt is a founder of innovatED.LA as well as the designer and founder of the Incubator School whose mission is to produce the entrepreneurial teams of tomorrow. A National Board Certified teacher, she has experimented in K12 for more than 12 years, developing deep expertise in creating learning environments to close the achievement gap. She specializes in finding opportunities that connect siloed communities within schools, and across the schools and the public and private sectors. A founding member, consultant, and advisor to various edtech and game-based learning companies, she is also the only teacher on the Games and Learning Publishing Council of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center @ Sesame Workshop. She evangelizes educational innovation in radio, television, and print, including the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, the Los Angeles Times, EdWeek, Harvard Education Press, and @SujataBhatt.
Before joining the K12 world, Sujata was a nationally-produced playwright and director, as well as a medieval historian at the Society of Fellows at Harvard. She holds an MA in History from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania.
Gordon has served as Executive Director of both the game industry’s trade organization, the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences and the developers membership organization, the International Game Developers Association. Gordon participated in the judging committee for the Game Marketing Summit Awards, which celebrate the best in marketing, advertising and design within interactive and game entertainment.
Gordon has also played key business and product leadership roles at numerous game design companies, including Tencent, iDreamsky, and Electronic Arts, where as a designer on Madden NFL Football he was named ‘Rookie of the Year’. He also served as an executive consultant at MTV where he worked on the annual Spike TV Video Game Awards and the weekly GameTrailers TV show.
Gordon is a graduate of Harvard College, and resides with his husband Joe Heally, and 3 dogs, Cyber, Cooper, and Colby in North Hills, California.
We’re happy to announce a performance of Coffee: A Misunderstanding at GLS11. What is that, you ask?
A story that kind of looks like your typical “boy meets girl” story at first glance, except the boy doesn’t really feel like a boy and the girl doesn’t really feel like a girl.
A commentary on the weirdness of online friendships that aren’t really friendships, set in the midst of a fan convention called AwesomeCon.
A play where all the actors are audience members. Maybe one of them will be you?
A collaborative game of finding the best ending to the story. Or the worst ending. Or maybe just whatever’s the most satisfying. It’s really up to you. Anything can happen.
Coffee: A Misunderstanding is an interactive play created as part of Squinky Kiai’s MFA thesis work. The way the game works is that two audience volunteers are called up and asked to read from a mobile device, which dynamically displays dialogue lines and stage directions. Meanwhile, two additional audience volunteers are given a mobile device on which they can select from a menu of choices that appear at key decision points in the story. It’s a combination of multiplayer Choose Your Own Adventure and improv theatre, resulting in a play experience that’s every bit as awkward as the story it’s trying to tell.
Each year, the GLS Conference concludes on the beautiful Union Terrace overlooking the shores of Lake Mendota. It’s an afternoon and evening for ice cream, brats, and beer. This year will be extra special because the last day of the conference is Professor Kurt Squire’s birthday, and he and his band Crooked County take to the stage to play.
Crooked County‘s lineup is unusual, but it’s one that works for the band’s outlaw, rough-and-ready style. Rather than having just one drummer within its ranks, the group’s hard-driving sound is backed by a pair of them, and lead vocals are contributed by three members. Toby Purnell and Kurt Squire co-founded Crooked County in 1998 in Bloomington, IN. Purnell can be found on vocals, mandolin, and electric guitar, while Squire plays harmonica. The pair met earlier in the decade when they both played with the Indiana bands Big Mule, Preacher Preacher, and the Mary Janes. Drawing inspiration from Bill Monroe‘s bluegrass music and Willie Nelson’s country sound, they decided to strike out on their own as Crooked County. The band also includes Jason Purnell, Toby Purnell’s brother, on acoustic guitar. Merrie Sloan contributes vocals, bass, and guitar, while Josh Bennett adds vocals and bass. The dual drummers are Travis Olsson and Mark Minnick. Shortly after establishing Crooked County, Squire and Toby Purnell began working on Whiskey Burns, the group’s 1999 self-released debut. The album featured Jeff Farias on bass. Soon the band added Bennett, Jason Purnell, and Minnick for live gigs throughout the Midwest and Southwest. Farias moved on, settling in Phoenix, AZ, and eventually asking Crooked County to record for his company, Rustic Records. The label issued the band’s second release, Drunkard’s Lament. Like Toby Purnell and Squire, drummer Minnick also spent time in the Mary Janes. Toby Purnell also played previously with a group known as Ma and Pa Kegle, where he first met Sloan. Drummer Olsson devotes time to a punk group named the Opposition.
Check out their music on SoundCloud.
Click here to register for GLS12! Early bird Registration will close May 27th.
One unique thing about GLS is that your registration includes most meals and snacks. We also serve desserts and drinks at many of our evening events such as the GLS poster session and GLS Showcase Awards celebration at no additional cost.
Early Bird Rate
Early Student & K-12 Teacher Rate
Regular Rate for Students & K-12 Teachers
One Day Registration
Upon registration attendees can purchase a parking pass for $18 a day. The cut off for ordering a permit will be 3 weeks before the conference.
Lodging & Accommodations
A limited number of room blocks have been reserved at several area hotels. Prices listed below are guaranteed only if rooms are reserved before the deadline. Deadlines vary by location. After the lodging deadline, rooms will be released and are available based on availability and are subject to regular occupancy rates.
The Madison Concourse Hotel
1 West Dayton Street, Madison WI 53703
Room Rate single $149, double $159
The Concourse is located 8 blocks from the meeting site and close to State Street shops and restaurants. All rooms have queen size beds and private bathrooms. A complimentary shuttle is offered to and from the airport as well as the meeting site. Parking for conference participants is available at $10/day, to be paid at the hotel.
Included with every room are the following services/facilities/amenities: Indoor pool and solarium, coffeemaker, ironing board and iron, television, alarm clock radio, phone, voice mail message system, and computer hook-ups.
Please call the hotel directly at 1.800.356.8293 by Tuesday, July 19, 2016 in order to receive the special group rate. Request the Games + Learning + Society room block.
The Graduate Hotel Madison
601 Langdon Street, Madison, WI 53706
Room Rate: $169/night
The Graduate Hotel Madison is located in the heart of downtown Madison on the University of Wisconsin campus, steps from State Street dining and shopping.
As a guest of the Graduate Hotel, you are invited to enjoy all of the following complimentary services and amenities: Private Airport Taxi, parking (one car per room), shuttle to UW Venues and other Downtown Locations (based on availability), 24-hour Fitness Center, and high-speed Wireless Internet.
Please call the hotel directly at 1.800.589.6285 by Thursday, July 14, 2016 in order to receive the special group rate. Request the GLS Conference room block. Or click here to make an online reservation.
525 W. Johnson Street, Madison, WI 53703
Room Rate: $159/night
The DoubleTree by Hilton Madison is in the heart of downtown Madison, Wisconsin. Located at the eastern edge of the University of Wisconsin campus and nestled between the Lakes Monona and Mendota, the hotel is within walking distance of the State Capitol, the UW Badgers’ Kohl Center, Camp Randall Stadium, and the eclectic State Street shopping and entertainment district. The DoubleTree is about 10 minutes walking distance from conference site.
Spacious guest rooms, suites, and executive accommodations boast all the comforts of home and modern amenities such as complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access and free parking. Enjoy your favorite beverages and casual dining at the Badgerland Bar & Grill, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Our hotel guests have full use of a sparkling, heated indoor pool and whirlpool, outdoor patio, and a fitness room. We also offer complimentary shuttle service to and from the Dane County Regional Airport (15 minutes away), UW Campus, convention center, Alliant Energy Center, and downtown hospitals.
Please call the hotel directly at 1.800.222.TREE or 608.251.5511 by Saturday, July 16, 2016 in order to receive the special group rate. Request the GL8 room block. Or click here to reserve your room online
The Lowell Center
610 Langdon Street, Madison, WI 53703
Room Rate: $94/night
Conveniently located at 610 Langdon Street, The Lowell Center Conference & Lodging Facility offers 137 guest rooms, an indoor swimming pool (the largest hotel pool in the area) with sauna, and beautiful new fitness room. The fitness room is equipped with treadmills, a stair climber, elliptical machines, a recumbent bike, and free weights with bench. Hours are 6:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Ellipticals and treadmills are Nike+ compatible, and many have headphone jacks.
Please call the hotel directly at 1.866.301.1753 or 608.256.2621 by Thursday, July 14, 2016 in order to receive the special group rate. Request the GLS room block.
1308 West Dayton Street, Madison, WI 53715
Room Rate $130/night
Discover an oasis of ‘green’ hospitality in the heart of Madison’s most vibrant neighborhood. Relax and unwind in a warm, inviting hotel that welcomes you with peaceful ambiance, artful décor, and unsurpassed service. Whether visiting for business or leisure, our eco-conscious hotel offers an array of contemporary amenities for working and unwinding – from wireless Internet to local art displays. Our dedication to sustaining the environment is surpassed by our commitment to the art of hospitality.
Included with every room are the following services/facilities/amenities: 42” flat screen TV with premium cable channels, plush bedding, large work desk with ergonomic chair, mini fridge and microwave, upscale bath amenities, Keurig coffee maker, complimentary wireless internet access and 24 hour fitness center.
1501 Monroe Street, Madison, WI 53711
Room Rate $159/night
HotelRED is the first true independent boutique hotel in Madison. A full-service, contemporary property, located in the heart of our urban center, the hotel is ideally situated to the progressive culture and high-energy atmosphere that makes Madison world famous. Within steps of Camp Randall Stadium and Monroe Street shopping, HotelRED is also within walking distance of the great downtown Madison amenities. all rooms come with: custom Wisconsin-made furnishings, in-room dining, kitchenettes perfect for entertaining with refrigerator, microwave, two-burner stove top, wet bar sink and china, glass and silverware, comfortable reading chair with ottoman and desk with ergonomic desk chair, 42” HD LCD flat screen TV with HD channels, complimentary high speed WiFi, in-room safe, luxurious bath robes, and complimentary 24-hour covered parking.
Please call 608.819.8228 by Thursday, July 14, 2016 to receive the special group rate of $159/per night plus tax. Ask for the GLS room block.
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