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Serious Business of Playful Science

Wednesdays at the Center :: The Serious Business of Playful Science--Plus a Demo of Feedbacker (a new, interactive attention tool being developed by Duke students)

Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Franklin Center Room 240
PLEASE NOTE: The FHI has moved to Smith Warehouse, BUT the Wednesdays series will continue to be held at the Franklin Center.  

What do "science" and "games" have in common?   Mark Matthews, lead designer of LittleBigChemistryLab on Sony's Little Big Planet, discuss the challenges of designing and developing learning games. Are game mechanics the way to inspire learning? Matthews is a winner of the HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competition. Please join us in this discussion of the serious business of playful science, designed to inspire the imagination of students, parents, and educators alike.

PLUS:  Students in FutureClass, a collaborative, peer-led tutorial directed by Prof Cathy N. Davidson, will demo Feedbacker, an interactive, open source, web-based tool they are developing for collecting and offering feedback on audience attention in real time on mobile devices.   At the recent Mozilla Drumbeat Festival on Learning, Freedom, and the Open Web, Feedbacker was one of five projects chosen from dozens  at the Festival to be taken to full implementation stage by the Mozilla developers and featured on the new Drumbeat homepage.   You can try it here:

Wednesdays at the Center (WATC) is a topical weekly noontime series in which scholars, artists, journalists, and others speak informally about their work in conversation with the audience. The series is jointly organized and presented by the Franklin Humanities Institute (newly relocated to Smith Warehouse) and the John Hope Franklin Center. All events in the series are free and open to the public. A light lunch is served - no reservations are necessary.

The Franklin Center is located at 2204 Erwin Road, on the corner of Erwin and Trent. Vouchers to cover parking costs in the Duke Medical Center parking decks - #2 and #3 in this map - are provided.


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