Tetris Bikes and Mobile Scavenger Hunts:
Designing a Games for Health Course in an Interdisciplinary Classroom
University of Colorado
Games for Health 2010 presentation (http://gamesforhealth.org/)
Wednesday, 26 May 2010 - 1:45pm Teaching Games for Health session
What would a semester long course in creating games for health look like? How would the course differ for 1st year undergraduates and graduate students? Do all students need programming experience? In this interactive presentation, Dr. Siek discusses the motivations, design, and implementation of a semester long course where students grappled with the goals of combining theory, game development, and health. The presentation will cover course structure, schedule, instructional design, and examples of great student work from two course iterations. Attendees will not only see the end result work, but can gain insight on how to launch similar courses in their own programs.
Katie A. Siek is an assistant professor in Computer Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she leads the Wellness Innovation and Interaction Lab. Her primary research interests are in human computer interaction, health informatics, and ubiquitous computing. More specifically, she is interested in how sociocentric technology interventions affect personal health and well being. Her research is supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the National Science Foundation including a five-year NSF CAREER award. She is the recent recipient of a Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA) Distinguished Visiting Fellowship to investigate the potential use of Personal Health Records by Scottish citizens. Prior to her appointment at Colorado, she completed her Ph.D. and M.S. at Indiana University – Bloomington in computer science and her B.S. in computer science at Eckerd College. She was a National Physical Science Consortium Fellow at IU and a Ford Apprentice Scholar at Eckerd College. Siek is a member of the ACM-W Council and on the College Board AP Computing Advisory Group. (More information: http://www.cs.colorado.edu/~ksiek)