Put a Badge On It! Using Digital Badges to Support Social and Emotional Learning

08/7/18 Katerina Schenke

Digital badges have been at the center of discussions around alternative credentialing systems for years. Digital badges—web-enabled tokens of accomplishment that circulate in social networks—rose to prominence as a potential alternative credentialing system in the early 2010s. The idea was that students could earn credit that would be recognized by universities, peer networks, employers, and […]

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Student Game Developers Win for Compassion in Accessibility

07/18/18 Heidi McDonald

In early June, I was fortunate enough to be a guest speaker at the Gotland Games Conference (GGC) in Visby, Sweden. The GGC is an annual festival at Uppsala University, where the students present and demo their game projects and compete for awards, and where speakers deliver lectures on a yearly theme. I was invited […]

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Seeking Contributors to iThrive’s New, Peer-Reviewed Journal of Games, Self, and Society

07/3/18 iThrive Games

UPDATE: We have extended the deadline for the new Games, Self, and Society, (edited by iThrive Games, in cooperation with ETC Press) to September 30th, 2018. We look forward to the additional submissions that examine the many social, emotional, and societal impacts games have on players and beyond! ———- iThrive Games, in cooperation with Carnegie Mellon’s […]

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Overwatch Endorsements and Promoting Player Kindness

06/28/18 Heidi McDonald

Blizzard Entertainment has added a feature to their co-op shooter, Overwatch (rated 13+ years), which promotes kindness in their player base. The system took effect in update 1.25 of the game. The idea is that after someone completes a team match, each player has the chance to award up to three “endorsements” to other players, […]

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Gaming Disorder and the World Health Organization

06/28/18 Kelli Dunlap, PsyD

[Note: This article originally appeared on and is reposted here with permission.] In June 2018 the World Health Organization (WHO) finalized its draft of the 11th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-11). Included in the latest version of the medical classification manual is the controversial diagnosis of […]

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