My three week stint in Boston has finally come to an end. Apart from the gorgeous weather, the highly pedestrian friendly university city and the friendly locals, I have also enjoyed spending some time with the research groups at the Northeastern University’s Plait group, the MIT’s Gamelab and STEP (Education Arcade) and Tuft’s Robolab-LEGOEngineering. Key insights from all the different visits, discussions and lunchtime discourses revolve around the need for a seamless approach in bridging formal and informal learning and a more social and community driven game-based learning. My task now is to prioritise on what to explore further. But one thing for sure is to explore design cases involving game and learning designers – let’s talk about failures and not just successes, what can we learn from these untapped experiences and knowledge!
Till August- for now Boston I shall bid you farewell!