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Saturday, March 24 • 8:45am - 9:45am
Keynote Presentation: Learning is an Epic Win

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Why don't our learning platforms work more like a game? In the best designed games, our engagement is perfectly optimized: we have important work to do, we're surrounded by potential collaborators, and we learn quickly and in a low-risk environment. When we're playing a good online game, we get constant useful feedback, we turbo-charge the neurochemistry that makes challenge fun, and we feel an insatiable curiosity about the world around us. None of this is by accident. In fact, game developers have spent the past three decades figuring out how to make us more optimistic and more likely to collaborate, how to make problem-solving more fun and social, and how to satisfy our hunger for meaning and success. All of these game-world insights can be applied directly to transform the way we learn, solve problems together, and develop 21st Century skills; in this talk, Dr. McGonigal will show us how.


Jane McGonigal

Keynote Speaker McGonigal is director of game research and development at the Institute for the Future, a nonprofit futures research group based in Palo Alto, California, and creative director at SocialChocolate.com, a game development startup. She is the author of the New York Times best seller Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World. She explores how the collaborative and motivational aspects of gaming are... Read More →

Saturday March 24, 2012 8:45am - 9:45am
President's Hall 1 through 4 215 Innovation Blvd., State College, PA 16801

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