Dr. Jennifer Jenson
Jennifer Jenson is Professor of Pedagogy and Technology in the Faculty of Education, and more importantly to us, she is now the new Director of IRLT. She takes over from Ron Owston, who directed the Institute for 25 years.
We recognize Jennifer as an expert in the use of games for teaching and learning. Some of her accomplishments in this field include co-editor of Loading:The Journal of the Canadian Game Studies Association, and past president of the Canadian Game Studies Association. In addition, Jennifer designed many educational games, served as lead researcher for two longitudinal game studies, and consulted with the Ministry of Education on technology and learning. You can find further details on her Web site ⇒.
IRLT's review took place on Monday January 20th, and the reviewers were Geoffrey Rockwell, University of Alberta and Jennifer Roswell, Brock University. Faculty members met with the reviewers from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, and our Student members met with the external reviewers from 1:30 pm to 2:15 pm.
On November 18, Dr. Emily Flynn-Jones, a Banting Post-Doctoral Fellow gave a talk for IRLT members. She described the contemporary consumer aesthetic of cute, which has a dark history, seeped in international politics and negatively gendered connotations. Yet, we are sold cute in a variety of forms as positive play. This talk focused on the culture of cute games and electronic toys in the context of gender and history, and discussed what types of games are being played with cute objects on cultural and personal levels.
Learn about IRLT's opportunity for research through the Kids Game Development Camp. Dr. Jenson describes how the technology provided as part of the camp will help us "to delve into the nature of digital gaming as an educational tool and how to best engage youth with technology."