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The Number One Educational Resource for the Game Industry

Session Name: Educators Soapbox
Speaker(s): Seth Hudson, Gillian Smith, Jane Pinckard, Damon Packwood, Laura Dilloway, Alec McClure, Michael Mateas
Company Name(s): George Mason University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USC, Gameheads, inkle, City University of New York, UC Santa Cruz
Track / Format: Educators Summit

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Overview: This annual session will consist of a series of enlightening, opinion based microtalks as given by veteran educators and game scholars. Experience different perspectives on preparing students to avoid typical first-job pitfalls, defending why one teaches in a game program, voicing the struggles of urban minority students studying games, cultural design aesthetics for teaching game design to youth of color, game design as a liberal art, and harassment and toxicity in the academy as presented by this cast of colleagues: Laura Dilloway (inkle Studios), Seth Hudson (GMU), Alec McClure (CUNY), Damon Packwood (Gameheads), Jane Pinckard (USC), and Gillian Smith (WPI).

GDC 2018

Seth Hudson

George Mason University

Gillian Smith

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Jane Pinckard


Damon Packwood


Laura Dilloway


Alec McClure

City University of New York

Michael Mateas

UC Santa Cruz

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Educators Summit

Game Career / Education