6th Smart City seminar “Playful Pedagogy: using game components to change the student experience”


Date: 24.05.2013

Time: 11:00 – 12:00 AM

Location: Sala Stringa – FBK-CIT, Via Sommarive, 18 – Povo-Trento.


Speaker: Elizabeth Lawley

Affiliation: Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York

Bio: Elizabeth Lane Lawley is a professor of Interactive Games & Media at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), where she is also the director of the Lab for Social Computing in RIT’s MAGIC Center. Her current teaching and research interests focus on social computing technologies, including collaborative information creation and retrieval, and social aspects of game design and play. Professor Lawley received her master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Michigan in 1987. In the early 1990s she worked as a Government and Law Bibliographer at the Library of Congress and then as manager of customer support for Congressional Information Service. In 1992 she founded Internet Training & Consulting Services, which provided services to a number of clients in business, government, and education throughout the 1990s. She received her doctorate in Information Science from the University of Alabama in 1999. During the 2005-2006 academic year, and during the summers of 2007 and 2008, she served as a Visiting Researcher at Microsoft Research (MSR) in Redmond, Washington, and she continues to serve as the organizer of MSR’s annual Social Computing Symposium.

Abstract: Research on games and learning have shown us that games can be powerful tools for learning–providing players with the opportunity to learn from and even celebrate failures as part of the natural learning process in a challenging environment. How can universities take advantage of the power of games and game mechanics? It’s not as simple as dropping in badges and leaderboards. Professor Lawley, who teaches in the Rochester Institute of Technology’s School of Interactive Games & Media as well as directing RIT’s Lab for Social Computing, will talk about ways that she and her colleagues have experimented with using games and game mechanics both within and outside of the classroom experience.

Contact Person: Matteo Gerosa (gerosa@fbk.eu)

Smart City Seminar Series: this seminar series is organized by the Smart Campus project, and wants to offer a regular appointment for discussing trends, challenges and achievements towards the Smart City vision. Smart Campus is a joint project carried out by Trento Rise, University of Trento and Fondazione Bruno Kessler.

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