Laura Christopherson

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Laura
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Christopherson
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I am a doctoral student in the School of Information & Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My research is in the area of computational linguistics and knowledge representation. I am most interested in the way people communicate in electronic media such as chat, instant messaging, text messaging, forums, and online games.

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I am a doctoral student in the School of Information & Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). My research is in the area of computational linguistics and knowledge representation. I am most interested in the way people communicate in electronic media such as chat, instant messaging, text messaging, forums, and online games. I am particularly fascinated by the way interlocutors pack levels of meaning into tiny bits of text. I believe the speech of online communicators is often very playful and creative which I find truly delightful.

I come from a theater and studio art background but, interestingly, ended up working in information technology, specifically web development, for more than 10 years prior to entering the doctoral program. My master's degree in information science is also from UNC's School of Information & Library Science. I think technology can be fun and in my professional work prior to school, I tried to help my clients cast off their fears of technology and help them to become excited about what it can do for them.

On a personal note, I love young adult and juvenile fantasy, Pixar movies and sci fi thrillers, and am an avid World of Warcraft player (when time allows - lol). I am actively involved in the Games4Learning initiative on UNC’s campus and as you can imagine, am enamored with the notion of play – in language, learning, and all areas of life. I hope I can be the type of person suggested by Henri Matisse’s words: “Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent, and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play.”

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Games4Learning: Authentic Learning in Virtual Worlds

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The Games4Learning Initiative at UNC Chapel Hill is having another event: Authentic Learning in Virtual Worlds Authentic learning, also known as "learning-by-doing," replaces rote memorization of facts and formulas with immersion in real-world scenarios. Learners must tackle the kind of complex...
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