JULY 17, 2015
Each summer, GLS (Games+Learning+Society) hosts a conference that brings together game designers, researchers, teachers, and like-minded organizations to talk about games and learning. GLS tracks and promotes innovation in educational gaming, and all of us at iCivics work hard to apply best practices to everything that we do. So, on Wednesday I jumped a plane bound for some serious fun and learning. (Also cheese curds, I went for the cheese curds.)
The conference was held at the University of Wisconsin- Madison on the sunny banks of Lake Mendota. Sessions covered everything from the role of narrative and the use of meta-fiction in game play, to the state of research on culture of modding communities (the folks to hack/modify games for new experiences), to an inside peek at what it’s like being the White House “Fun Czar”. What united these sessions and the others is a shared goal of improving the field- be it through research, great new games, or innovative teaching practices.