Dr. Krystina Madej
Dr. Madej has a keen interest in young children’s engagement with digital games. For the past four years she has encouraged her students to experiment with narrative games for young children that are based in physical interaction. She takes her students through the process of understanding the cognitive development and neuroscience behind how children learn and are engaged by play, and then encourages them to develop new concepts that will engage children in the real world around them. An example of student work can be found in the Erasmus Student site from the University of Lower Silesia, March 2015 at http://expgamesls2015.krystinamadej.com. Currently her students are developing a resource site for physical engagement.
Dr. Madej also researches and teaches about the material culture of the way we communicate , interactivity and collaboration in social media, and about Disney’s approach to narrative across media. Currently she is teaching Disney Special FX and Experimental Games for Children.
Prior to returning to academia in 1997, she was a principal in a communications and design firm for 15 years, creating successful brands, products, and exhibits for government, business, industry, and the non-profit sector.
Physical Play and Children’s Digital Games (Fall 2016)
Interactivity, Collaboration, and Authoring in Social Media (January 2016)
Disney Stories: Getting to Digital (2012)
Engaging Imagination and Developing Creativity (2010, 2nd edition 2015)
Visiting Assistant Professor at the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech, Atlanta Visiting Professor, Masters of Digital Media Program and Adjunct Professor with the School for Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada
Visiting Professor for the Erasmus Program at the University of Lower Silesia, Wroclaw, Poland March