Games+Learning+Society Conference 8.0

June 13-15, 2012 *
Madison, WI*

The University of Wisconsin–Madison is excited to announce the
Games+Learning+Society (GLS) Conference 8.0 to be held June 13-15, 2012,
with preconference activities on June 12 including the GLS Educators
Symposium and the inaugural year of the GLS Doctoral Consortium at the
Memorial Union on campus.

The GLS Conference is the premier event in the field of videogames and
learning. Now in its eighth year, this grassroots “indie” event is evolving
to include more innovative content formats and new programming. The
GLSconference is one of the few destinations where the people who
create high-quality digital learning media can gather for serious discussion about
what is happening in the field and how the field can serve the public
interest. Our event is well known for its exceptionally high quality of
content yet “community event” feel. Each year, we foster in-depth
conversation and social networking across diverse disciplines including
game studies, education research, learning sciences, industry, government,
educational practice, media design, and business. Our continued commitment
is to reinvent learning both in and out of formal school environments
through the promise of games and simulations.

Conference highlights include: keynotes by leaders in both academics and
industry; interactive workshops on game research and game design; both
individual and symposia presentation sessions; big debates about critical
aspects of gaming and game design; hands‐on game play in the arcade; the
“hall of failure”; a massively multi-player evening poster session over
cocktails & hors d’oeuvres; fireside chats that enable cozy conversations
among VIP speakers and attendees; and the GLS Games and Art Exhibition. A
new session type offered this year will be the Educational Game Arcade,
which will offer a space for conference attendees to play the games created
by members of our community.

Confirmed Speakers include: Colleen Macklin, Reed Stevens, and Sebastian

We offer a variety of session formats, encouraging submissions from
traditional paper presentations to innovative formats focusing on game
play. All submissions are due online by January 31, 2012. Complete
submission guidelines can be found on the submissions site at as well as more information about the
GLSEducators Symposium and the
GLS Doctoral Consortium.


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