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About Game2Work

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Game2Work is an active and thriving research community centered on gaming to strengthen 21st-century work and learning. 

Game2Work is a multi-organizational, interdisciplinary gaming research program that seeks to contribute to the following broad questions:

  1. How can serious gameplay prepare the future STEM workforce?
  2. Can gamified teams of humans and technology work together to solve big problems?
  3. How can the research community be at the forefront of ethical and healthy gaming in our digital future?

Our Vision

The long-term goal of Game2Work is to strengthen the 21st century work and learning skills of the digital generation through rapid design, development, and research of serious games with the potential to advance the frontiers of knowledge. We seek to answer questions on the learning and skills developed through gaming, the interactions between humans and technology, and the societal impacts of gaming for the digital generation. In comparison with other research centers at US universities, Game2Work is the only university program with a core team of faculty that work together through the development process, have the ability to test in different environments, and apply results directly to the learning community. The area of gaming studies is still in its infancy, and the Game2Work team is poised to lead the field on related tools and data collection techniques.

Land Acknowledgement

Iowa State University aspires to be the best land‐grant university at creating a welcoming and inclusive environment where diverse individuals can succeed and thrive. As a land‐grant institution, we are committed to the caretaking of this land and would like to begin this event by acknowledging those who have previously taken care of the land on which we gather. Before this site became Iowa State University, it was the ancestral lands and territory of the Baxoje (bah-kho-dzhe), or Ioway Nation. The United States obtained the land from the Meskwaki and Sauk nations in the Treaty of 1842. We wish to recognize our obligations to this land and to the people who took care of it, as well as to the 17,000 Native people who live in Iowa today.