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Friday, August 19 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
The Great Dragon Swooping Cough: Stories about Learning Designs in Promoting Participation and Engagement with a Virtual Epidemic

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In Winter 2016 the great Dragon Swooping Cough entered the virtual world of Whyville, wreaking chaos with scales, swooping, and great annoyance. In this Panel we share first findings from this engaging and educational epidemic: industry designers, educational researchers, and professional epidemiologists joined together to work to release a virus in a virtual world for kids, promoting experience and engagement with infectious disease. How was the virus designed to create the greatest possible engagement from citizens? What forms of participation and prevention could citizens engage in? What worked educationally? What failed? In the end we invite audience members to reflect on how the virus performed and what could be improved in future iterations. We also engage audience members in a conference-wide epidemic game (the GLS Sneeze), simulating experiences of epidemic outbreaks in the virtual world.

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Benjamin DeVane

Assistant Professor, University of Iowa
Identity & Learning Computational Thinking Design & Aesthetics
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Estee Ellis

University of Pennsylvania

Nina Fefferman

Rutgers University

Deborah Fields

Associate Research Professor, Utah State University
Dr. Deborah A. Fields is a Temporary Assistant Professor in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences at Utah State University and an independent research consultant. Deborah researches children’s connective learning and identity engagement through designing with digital technologies... Read More →
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Yasmin Kafai

Chair, Teaching Learning & Leadership Division, University of Pennsylvania
Yasmin Kafai is Professor of Learning Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a researcher, designer, and developer of online communities and tools (ecrafting.org, stitchtfest.org, and scratch.mit.edu) to promote computational participation, crafting, and creativity across K-16. Book publications include Connected Code, Connected Play, The Computer Clubhouse, Textile Messages, and Beyond Barbie and Mortal Kombat. Kafai earned a doctorate from Harvard University while working wit... Read More →

Jen Sun

Numedeon, Inc.

Friday August 19, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Traditions Union South