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December 7, 2016
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Rescheduled: Public Lecture to Explore How to Empower Gamers to Make a Difference in their Local Community

Mar 10/14


Dr. Kathryn Carter, Inter-Faculty Associate Dean, Academic Coordination, 519-756-8228 ext. 5890,

Please note that due to the Brantford campus closure on Wednesday, March 12, this event is being postponed until Wednesday, March 13 at 4 pm in CB 100.

BRANTFORD - The Wilfrid Laurier University Office of Research Services and Central Academic Unit are proud to present a lecture from Dr. Scott Nicholson, Director of the Because Play Matters game lab and Associate Professor at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University, on "Empowering Gamers to Make a Difference: Community Engagement through the Game Designers' Guild".

The lecture takes place on Thursday, March 13, from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm, in Carnegie Building room CB100 (the Read Lounge) at 73 George Street, Brantford. 

Over the last year, the Game Designersí Guild of Syracuse has developed games and play-based experiences for libraries, museums, and other places of informal learning. Dr. Scott Nicholson started this group as a way to encourage local gamers to learn about game design through projects that are making a difference in the local community.

During this talk, Dr. Nicholson will talk about the structure of the Game Designers' Guild, the projects they have done over the last year, and how this model could be replicated in other communities.

Dr. Scott Nicholson is the Director of the Because Play Matters game lab and an Associate Professor at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University.  His areas of interest include meaningful gamification and the creation of transformative games for informal learning and training.  During the 2011-2012 academic year, he was a visiting professor at MIT in Comparative Media Studies and the GAMBIT game lab.

Dr. Nicholson is the author of Everyone Plays at the Library, is the designer of the published board gamesGoing, Going, Gone! and Tulipmania 1637, and was the host of the web series Board Games with Scott.

This event is free and open to the public. 

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