Learning Through Play: The Use of Playful Environments to Support Learning

How do you use games and makerspaces to support teaching and learning? Join Dr. H. Chad Lane’s talk entitled Promoting Interest and Engagement with Intelligent Learning Technologies and Dr. Jeff Ginger’s Learning with Fab Labs - It's not DIY. It's DIWO: Do It With Others. This event is free and open to the public. Kindly RSVP to reserve your slot.

Promoting Interest and Engagement with Intelligent Learning Technologies
Dr. H. Chad Lane

Why should educators and designers take the time to engage learners and attend to learner emotions? What does it mean to develop interest in something and to be engaged in learning? For nearly 15 years I have conducted research that seeks to blend techniques from the entertainment industry (to foster engagement) with those from artificial intelligence (to promote learning). I’ve also run studies to better understand whether and how the resulting learning experiences impact learners. In this talk, I will describe some of this research, much of which has occurred in informal settings, and share lessons learned from attempts to build computational models of pedagogical processes relevant for self-directed learning. My hope is that attendees will gain appreciation for the challenges of educational technology design and its potential impacts on interest and engagement

H. Chad Lane is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology and Informatics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Chad's research focuses on the design, use, and impacts of intelligent technologies for informal learning. He has over 70 publications in a variety of areas, including intelligent tutoring, educational games, immersive technologies, and narrative-based learning environments. Chad has ongoing collaborations with The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Frost Museum of Science in Miami, The Glasgow Science Centre in Scotland, and has collaborated in the past with the Boston Museum of Science and the Lawrence Hall of Science. His PhD is in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh (2004), and prior to joining UIUC, he spent ten years as a research scientist at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies. For more: http://hchadlane.net

Learning with Fab Labs - It's not DIY. It's DIWO: Do It With Others
Dr. Jeff Ginger

The "Do it yourself" ideology has been at the core of the Makerspace movement for years. But what happens when we broaden this focus to think more about making in community? What are the implications for learning, education and social inclusion? Jeff Ginger will share the social and technological innovations that have propelled the CU Community Fab Lab in developing a network to strengthen capacities and cultivate relevance for youth in libraries, schools and other informal learning spaces over the last decade in Illinois. He will also review the ways the Fab Lab has leveraged games and playfulness as powerful tools for learning and curricular design.

Jeff Ginger is a program coordinator with the Illinois Informatics Institute and adjunct instructor at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His work includes aspects of all three missions of the University of Illinois: public engagement, teaching and research. Jeff draws upon a robust technical, multimedia and social science background, accented by teaching and organizational leadership, and first earned his rabble-rousing reputation as a result of activist research on structural racism as observed on Facebook. His recent doctoral scholarship and teaching is primarily situated in social and community informatics: deciphering the discourse and effects of the digital divide and Web2.0, critical pedagogy in technology education and contextualized study of human-computer interaction. Jeff’s dissertation focused specifically on the investigation of how public libraries foster digital literacies through community engagement, which ultimately led him to his current work as the director of the Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab. Here he continues to lend a critical but optimistic perspective to the study and implementation of makerspaces, particularly by tackling some of its most key challenges, such as cultivating and supporting diversity, a prerequisite to innovation, and sustainably establishing capacity-building technology education services in collaboration with underserved communities.

Sign-up Link: bit.ly/Feb18_ALLSArete

Location: The Loft, Areté
Calendar   Talks and Lectures
Date Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 9:00am - 12:00pm
Duration   3h
Repeats? No
August 2020