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“Digital Media Production as Scholarship"

The university is wrestling with two competing trends: first, a system that causes academics to write more and contribute less and second, the rise of a generation that consumes and creates impactful digital media like no other. This collision has introduced compelling questions about digital media as scholarship and about how we can prepare students to navigate such a media landscape.



Presenter: 

Roger Altizer - University of Utah
-Director of Digital Medicine - Center for Medical Innovation
-Associate Director - Entertainment Arts Engineering
-Associate Professor (Lecturer) - Entertainment Arts Engineering
-Associate Professor - Population Health Sciences

Dr. Roger Altizer is a co-founder of Utah's top-ranked academic videogames program, Entertainment Arts and Engineering, and is Director of Digital Medicine at the U's Center for Medical Innovation. He believes that people are at their best when they play. He transfers this attitude into the dozens of classes he has created while at the University of Utah. As a public intellectual, Dr. Altizer is just as likely to be speaking at Comic Con as he is at the Digital Games Research Association. He authored the “design box method" to teach students how constraint breeds creativity, and it is now embedded in games curricula worldwide. His students have published dozens of games and have started nearly as many companies. He is passionate about using play as a tool for changing lives, whether it be through learning, experience, or games as medical therapy. His largest project is the Therapeutic Games and Apps Lab (The GApp Lab), where he sponsors between 20 and 35 graduate students a year to build medical and other serious games and apps. Dr. Altizer is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards and distinctions, including a top speaker award at the Game Developers Conference, a fellowship with the Higher Education Videogame Alliance, and University of Utah's distinguished teaching award.