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Constance Steinkuehler on gaming and learning at NCSU

Seminar to Explore Gaming and Digital Literacy

Online gaming and learning expert Constance Steinkuehler will be the featured speaker at the NCSU Libraries' I. T. Littleton Seminar on Tuesday, May 1, 2007. It will be held at 2:00 P.M. in the second floor Assembly Room in the East Wing of the D. H. Hill Library. A reception will follow the seminar.

Steinkuehler's talk, entitled "Digital Media Literacy and Learning in Virtual Worlds," will address the forms of literacy that constitute participation in massively multiplayer online games (MMOs), also known as virtual worlds.

Currently an assistant professor in the curriculum and instruction department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Steinkuehler researches the intellectual practices that aid navigation, cognition and learning in virtual worlds. Such practices include informal scientific reasoning, collaborative problem solving, media and computational literacy, and the social learning mechanisms that support the development of such expertise, such as reciprocal apprenticeship and collective intelligence.

Steinkuehler's doctoral dissertation was a two-year online cognitive ethnography of the game Lineage, focusing specifically on the forms of cognition, learning, and literacy recruited from those who game. She teaches "Research in Online Virtual Worlds," "Analyzing Online Social Interaction," "Gender and Technology," and "Critical Instructional Practices on the Internet" and runs the annual Games, Learning, and Society Conference in Madison, Wisconsin.

This year's I. T. Littleton Seminar comes soon after the inauguration of the NCSU Libraries' Learning Commons, an innovative environment designed to support students' group work and social interaction through a variety of cutting-edge tools and services. Steinkuehler will address how virtual and physical spaces build on each other, and ways in which many current students communicate, collaborate, and learn.

Directions to the DH Hill Library, 2 Broughton Drive (near the intersection of Hillsborough Street and Horne St.) in Raleigh.

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