James Mathews: Place, design and civic engagement: Designing learning experiences and digital technologies to foster community-based learning @ Pless Hall, 7th fl. Conference Room

03/07/2017 1:30 pm – 03/07/2017 3:00 pm Place, design and civic engagement: Designing learning experiences and digital technologies to foster community-based learning James Mathew University of Wisconsin-Madison Jim Mathews will share his experience designing learning ecologies and digital tools that combine the values and practices associated with place-based, design-based and democratic education. He will provide a brief overview of each of these pedagogical approaches and illustrate how they impact his own thinking and practice as a teacher, designer and researcher. In particular, he will focus on his involvement in developing ARIS, an open-source platform for creating mobile games, tours and interactive stories. He will discuss how he has used the platform to engage youth and adults in designing geo-locative experiences based on locally focused research and their personal experiences of place.   Dr. Jim Mathews’ work explores the intersection of place, design and civic engagement. He creates and researches new media-based experiences (e.g., geo-locative games, place-based stories, and field research tools) aimed at connecting youth and adults with people, places and issues in their local community. He is currently an Associate Researcher and the Education Director at Field Day, an educational research and design lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.