Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Ethical Inquiry through Video Game Play and Design

Professor Harry Brown and FITS hosted the Ethical Inquiry through Video Game Play and Design Symposium at the Prindle Institute Oct. 10-12, 2011. Approximately fifty participants from as far away as New Hampshire, Washington State, and even Belgium traveled to DePauw to discuss ethics and video games from the perspectives of theory, design, and play.

Brown remarked, "I think the event was a great success. Prindle did a superb job hosting the event. In fact, almost all of the participants told me how impressed they were with the facility. More importantly, they related to me, both during the event and afterwards, how excited they were to attend a symposium of this kind, unique in its special focus on ethics and games. They suggested that we do it again in a year or two and expressed interest in putting together a collection of essays based on the proceedings." In addition to the collect, event organizers plan to augment the event website to include other materials from the conference. Co-host Donnie Sendelbach was impressed by the breadth and depth of the symposium as presenters covered a wide range of disciplines. Event hosts only hope that Kathy Vrabeck, Class of '85, who had planned to present at the symposium, can attend the next one.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Welcome Instructional Technologist Mikah Pritchard

Mikah Pritchard, currently in the M.S. Ed. in Instructional Systems Technology program at Indiana University, began working in FITS this fall as an instructional technologist. We are glad to have her join the FITS team! With a B.S. in psychology, she has had an interest in educational psychology and education studies throughout her academic and professional career, which has involved work in graphic design, online instructional materials, and non-traditional student education, including adult learners. Combining her passions of technology and educational psychology in her current position, Mikah empowers users with practical advice on technology in teaching and learning with a strong theoretical foundation.

Mikah will oversee Student Technology Support, which provides technology assistance and training for classes and student projects. Faculty who would like their students trained on university-supported software should contact Mikah ( to discuss how Student Technology Support can best serve student needs. She looks forward to meeting students, staff, and faculty members as she learns about how technology supports teaching and learning at DePauw University.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Welcome to the New Blog for FITS News

Welcome to the new blog for Faculty Instructional Technology Support news at DePauw University. Our past newsletters can be found at, but current news for the department will be housed here. Faculty are invited to share their stories of using technology in teaching and learning.