As Ontarians prepare for the new school year, join Dr. Julie Mueller and Dr. Steve Wilcox to discuss ways in which you can help children and students as they learn in a physically distanced environment. We welcome parents of young children or teenagers as well as educators to join us and hear about how online games can support education and social connection. Each presenter will offer a short presentation and will then take questions from the audience. Feel free to come with all your burning questions about online games!
Julie Mueller, Professor and associate dean in the Faculty of Education, will speak to the many sites and apps available to broaden their learning online (e.g., virtual field trips to museums, zoos and historical sites) and the social connections children are able to make through digital platforms and social media.
Steve Wilcox, an assistant professor in the Game Design and Development program, will discuss the situated nature of learning and how games, as situations with roles and goals, provide students with learner-driven experiences, drawing from analog and digital, as well as educational and commercial games.
Facilitated by Derek Szilagyi, Interim eSports Project Manager, responsible for helping start eSports programming on the Laurier campuses, including recreational leagues, competitive teams, and a physical lounge space. He has a MA in Kinesiology in Sport History/Sport Management, as well as 7 years experience working in athletic departments at Western and McMaster, prior to joining the Alumni Relations team at Laurier almost 2 years ago.