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ELPA News

Gaming center co-directed by School of Education faculty highlighted

December 18, 2012

The opening earlier this month of new headquarters for the Games + Learning + Society (GLS) Center was featured in this article posted by the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery.

The GLS group is co-directed by UW-Madison School of Education faculty members Kurt Squire and Constance Steinkuehler, both of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Other School of Education faculty involved includes core GLS members Rich Halverson (Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis), who is a co-founder of GLS, and Erica Halverson (Curriculum and Instruction).

The piece notes how “GLS developers and researchers conduct cutting-edge work that explores how video games can be used to improve learning and public participation in science.”

The group started as part of the Morgridge Institute for Research but recently made the switch to the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID) and the Learning Games Network (LGN), a nonprofit that develops games inspired from the educational sciences.

The feature also notes how WID Director David Krakauer worked closely with the researchers and the UW School of Education to coordinate GLS’s transition to the institute.

“I consider the intersection of gaming technologies, data analysis, data visualization and education an area of extraordinary intellectual and research interest, “Krakauer says in the feature. “Working together with Kurt, Constance and their team, we envision GLS at WID becoming an international leader in gaming-enabled thinking and culture creation.”

The center’s new digs are housed in the upper level of the purple building at the corner of University Avenue and Randall Street.

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