Kevin Ryan

Research Assistant for George Mason University

Kevin Ryan is a current third year student at George Mason University studying Computer Game Design. He currently works as the research assistant to professor Seth Hudson. Kevin’s current focus in the program is on sound design, however, he is not a stranger to the writing realm. Kevin has worked on many small projects in and out of the classroom environment acting in many different rolls for each.

Talk Description:

Pedagogy-Focused Research of Games with Undergraduate Researchers
(Speaking with Seth Hudson)

This two-speaker talk (Seth Hudson and Kevin Ryan) will discuss pedagogy-focused research of the game industry and involving undergraduate researchers in the process. The talk will begin with a brief overview of a faculty-researcher’s qualitative study of game industry practice, highlighting research design and preliminary findings. Next, an undergraduate researcher shares his experience of the research process and potential implications for his own development and professional preparation. The talk goes on to outline possible research designs for qualitative research to improve pedagogy in game design and added benefits of involving game design students in that pursuit. The talk concludes with a proposed framework for game design professional development in higher education at the intersection of scholarship, research, and practice.