The Games Peoples Play

The Games Peoples Play

Abstract

How are indigenous and multicultural identities represented in video games? How can games be used to engage underrepresented groups and support deep learning in higher education? In this talk, Dr. Straight explores phenomena like gamification, game-based learning, and best practices for including these incredibly powerful but often mis- or under-utilized instructional strategies in supporting multicultural perspectives in education. He suggests ways in which, through these lenses, video games can create better understanding, engage underrepresented groups, and support more authentic learning experiences.

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University of Hawai’i Maui College, Maui, Hawai’i
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Ryan Straight
Assistant Professor of Educational Technology

Dr. Ryan Straight is an award-winning educator, writer, and researcher. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona. He is co-program director of the Master of Science and undergraduate minor programs in Educational Technology and teaches in the Informatics and Cyber Operations undergraduate programs. He also teaches an annual freshman seminar, Cyborgs and Transhumanism, in the Honors College.
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He lives in Tucson, AZ with his wife Adriana and their three dogs, Sofie, Menchi, and Chewie.