Engaging to Learn: Games Showcase with Engage
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, noon - 3:00pm

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Program | Event Hosts | Biographies

Do games have a place in learning?
Yes!

Educators and games researchers Rich Halverson and Constance Steinkuehler discuss how games can be used to transform how we learn and what this means for society. Jamie Henke, Julie Collins, Jan Miernowski, Brad Hughes, Blaire Bundy and Les Howles talk about developing and using games and gaming experiences in classes at UW-Madison through the Engage Innovation Award program.


What: Engage's Games Showcase

Where: Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery Forum

When: Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, 11:30 - 3:00pm


Program:

MC: Steve Ackerman - Professor, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, College of Letters and Science; Chair, Engage Faculty Advisory Group

11:30 Registration opens

12:15 Welcome Linda Jorn - Director, AcademicTechnology, Division of Information Technology; Associate Vice Provost for Learning Technologies

12:20 Keynote Address: Why Games For Learning? Rich Halverson - Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, School of Education

12:45 In Every Job That Must Be Done There Can Be An Element Of Fun Jamie Henke - Faculty Associate, Liberal Studies and the Arts, Division of Continuing Studies

1:00   On-Ramps to Interest In The Coherent Classroom: The N Game In Action Julie Collins - Graduate Student, Agroecology, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

1:15   Case Scenario/Critical Reader Builder (CSCR): A Trans-Disciplinary Tool
Blaire Bundy - Senior Learning Technology Consultant, Academic Technology, Division of Information Technology
Brad Hughes - Director, Writing Center; Director, Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC)
Les Howles - Senior Instructional Design Consultant, Academic Technology, Division of Information Technology
Jan Miernowski - Professor, French and Italian, College of Letters and Science

2:05   Closing Keynote: Why Games Matter Constance Steinkuehler - Associate Professor, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery; Co-Director, Games + Learning + Society

2:25   Closing: Steve Ackerman - Professor, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, College of Letters and Science; Chair, Engage Faculty Advisory Group

2:30   Game Play Play the games and socialize in the WID Main Courtyard

3:30   Event End

Event Hosts

Engage Faculty Advisory Group

Steve Ackerman - Professor, Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, College of Letters and Science

Jake Blanchard - Professor, Engineering Physics, College of Engineering

Erica Halverson - Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, School of Education

Jolanda Vanderwal Taylor - Professor, German, College of Letters and Science

Lori Severtson - Assistant Professor, School of Nursing Mo Bischof - Assistant Vice Provost

Academic Technology, Division of Information Technology

Linda Jorn - Director

Christine Lupton - Engage Program Director Cid Freitag - Engage Project Manager

Engage partners with instructors to transform higher education by exploring, evaluating, and disseminating methods of good practice for teaching and learning with technology.

Biographies

Steve Ackerman is a Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences in the College of Letters and Science, and the Chair of the Engage Faculty Advisory Group. He is also the Director of the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies. In 2009, he received the American Meteorological Society Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Linda Jorn is the Associate Vice Provost of Learning Technologies, and is the Director of Academic Technology in the Division of Information Technology. She works with campus leaders to set campus strategic priorities around educational innovation and to design efficient, yet flexible organizational structures that can quickly respond to transformational changes. She works with team members to make sure Academic Technology services align and help advance the University’s mission, strategic priorities, and the Wisconsin Idea by wisely applying technology to current and future academic environments.

Rich Halverson is a Professor in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and an Affiliate Member in Curriculum Instruction and Educational Psychology in the College of Education. He was a co- founder of the Games + Learning + Society (GLS) research group, and a founding member of the Education Research Integration Area at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery.

Julie Collins is a Graduate Student in Agroecology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She focuses on the use of games as teaching tools. Her current research seeks to better understand how students relate to environmental and agricultural issues encountered in an educational setting.

Jamie Henke is a Faculty Associate in Liberal Studies and the Arts in the Division of Continuing Studies. Her top teaching awards include the Hilldale Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, a Lifetime Achievement Award, University Housing’s Honored Instructor award, and induction as a Teaching Fellow in the UW-Madison Teaching Academy. She also serves as the coordinator for Independent Learning in music and Online Continuing Education.

Blaire Bundy is a Senior Learning Technology Consultant for Academic Technology in the Division of Information Technology. He has over 15 years of experience collaborating with instructors in the effective uses of technologies for teaching and learning. He is one of the lead consultants for the Case Scenario/Critical Reader Builder authoring tool.

Brad Hughes has been the the Director of the Writing Center at UW- Madison since 1984 and Director of Writing Across the Curriculum since 1990. With a staff of 110, the Writing Center works with some 7000 undergraduate and graduate students from across the University each year. Brad has received numerous instructional technology grants and has received numerous local and national awards for his scholarship, teaching, leadership, and service.

Les Howles is a Senior Instructional Design Consultant for Academic Technology in the Division of Information Technology. He has more than 20 years of experience working in corporate, government, medical, and academic settings. He consults with faculty and trainers in developing e-learning, instructional programs, multimedia applications, and evaluation. He is one of the lead designers for the Case Scenario/Critical Reader Builder authoring tool.

Jan Miernowski is a Professor in French and Italian in the College of Letters and Science. He coined the term “Critical Reader,” and played an essential role in testing the CSCR tool. He was the first instructor to implement CSCR in the classroom. Miernowski was the recipient of the Engage Recognition Award for Transforming Teaching and Learning Through Technology with Assignments (2011), and received the R1edu Award for Distinguished Faculty Contribution to Online Learning (2007).

Constance Steinkuehler is an Associate Professor at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, and Co-Director for Games + Learning + Society (GLS). Her research involves cognition and learning in online games, specifically the forms of science, literacy, and sociocultural skills that young adults learn from online play. She recently served as a Senior Policy Analyst for the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President of the United States.