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Thursday, October 3 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Design Games: A Playful Approach to Cultivating Designerly Thinking

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Steve Jobs famously said that realizing we can change and influence the world around us—realizing the importance of design—is perhaps the most important thing. In this workshop, we will introduce the concept of Design games, a playful approach to cultivating designerly thinking and creative collaboration that we developed as part of the NSF-funded Play in the Making project. Design games engage learners in collectively playing and modifying (or “fixing”) incomplete or unplayable analog games, with the goal of enhancing appreciation of games as designed objects, capacities as potential designers in a variety of settings, and the nature of design as a complex social activity. Design games are an alternative to involving learners in creating completely new games, a process that can often be too time-consuming or challenging for learners with little or no formal design experience. Design games can also be used as an introduction to design thinking, for example in maker environments, or as preparation for other game design activities, including the creation of digital games. In this session, we will present the concept of Design games, involve participants in playing a Design game, and demonstrate strategies for encouraging critical reflection on their Design game experience. Following this interactive experience, we will facilitate discussion of how Design games might be adapted for use in different educational settings for various purposes. We welcome educators with any level of experience to join us for a playful, team-oriented, and thought-provoking workshop.

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Elisabeth Gee

Professor, Arizona State University
I'm the Associate Director of the Center for Games & Impact at ASU, and co-directing the Play2Connect initiative with Dr. Sinem Siyahhan at Cal State-San Marcos. I'm interested in gender and gaming, game-based affinity spaces, and intergenerational play.

Sinem Siyahhan

Associate Professor, Cal State San Marcos
Sinem Siyahhan is Associate Director of the CSUSM Center for Research and Engagement in STEM Education. She is an Associate Professor of Educational Technology and Learning Sciences, and a core faculty member in the Educational Leadership Joint Doctoral Program at California State... Read More →

Luis E Perez Cortes

Arizona State University

Taylor Kessner

Research Assistant, Arizona State University

Thursday October 3, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Emerald Bay A 311 Peltason Dr., Irvine, CA, 92697