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Voyages into the Technology Frontier - Fun and Games

Monday, October 2, 2017

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Center for Teaching Excellence
Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511


Stop! You've played enough video games today! Stop!' Has any parent not experienced the video game syndrome? Wish your students were as engaged with your class as they are with the game? Want to know why they keep playing? Is it only fun and games or do students learn skills that can be applied to school? Do games offer elements that could be incorporated into a class to advance learning? Join us to understand more about games and education.



Evan Meaney
Associate Professor
Media Arts, School of Visual Art and Design

Evan Meaney's new media practices explore liminalities and glitches of all kinds; equating failing data to ghosts, seances, and archival hauntology.  Evan has been an artist in residence at the Experimental Television Center and the Wexner Center for the Arts, a research affiliate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and a founding member of GLI.TC/H.

Jeremiah (JJ) Shepherd
Instructor, Computer Science & Engineering
College of Engineering and Computing

JJ Shepherd was crucial in founding the South Carolina Game Developers Coalition as well as Indie Bits, Columbia’s annual showcase of Southeastern video game makers. But he may be recognized by most as the Boombox Guy.

Linda Mihalik
Enterprise Academic Technology Initiatives
Division of Information Technology

Linda Mihalik has been in higher education for 14 years, serving as a college instructor, Assistant Registrar and, currently, as Director of Enterprise Academic Technology Initiatives for the USC Division of Information Technology (DoIT). She also worked in the computer industry for 24 years in research and development, product management and project management. As an IT director she has been involved with USC programs including initiating the web redevelopment program, managing an EPSCoR grant for HBCU’s, development of the Beyond the Classroom Matters (BTCM) database and e-book pilots.  Two current projects are the identification of existing teaching and learning technology on campus looking for opportunities for collaboration and resource sharing, and assisting faculty with the recording and editing of 360 degree videos.

Michael Grant
Associate Professor, Educational Technology Program Coordinator
Educational Studies, College of Education

Michael Grant's areas of research are the design and development of technology-enhanced learning environments, graphic and instructional designs to support learning, and key learner characteristics. His most recent scholarship has focused on how to design, develop, and implement mobile teaching and learning in K-12 and higher education, particularly with inquiry and STEM disciplines. 



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