Building Community and Culture in Esports Education

When tools, new media trends, and technology collide, an educational experience fostered in Esports is forged. As an Educator and new media consultant, I’ve worked for a number of different company’s in spaces such as immersive technology, digital media, telecommunications, and consistently in sports to amplify that intersection of sports + storytelling + and society. 

Through this perspective, I’m always looking for ways to radically reinvent new forms of education and storytelling through conscious content development.

While the promise of Esports as a space for intellectual growth and curiosity is promising, a sincere initiative needs to be pillared within every organization’s purpose to ensure that curriculum, accessible resources, and strategies for community management are instilled.

This is to make sure that the delivery medium of #EsportsEdu is not only sustainable, but also truly inclusive and considerate of those communities who are systemically and routinely marginalized, including youth and adults with disabilities, Black, women, BIPOC, and LGBTQ.

These topics of conversation were discussed in a panel at the Leveling Up 2020: Esports and Education Conference and Expo. I had the pleasure of contributing to this discussion with other industry leaders who are doing the work to make sure #EsportsEdu keeps community and culture building in the driver seat.

View the full panel discussion here:

December 4, 2020 || Keeping Students Connected Through Esports: Building Community and Culture in Virtual and Hybrid Learning Environments

Panel Description: Esports provides a perfect opportunity for students to build community and friendships, play, and learn in a hybrid model or even completely virtually. In this session, we’ll provide guidance to schools and CBOs on how they can plan for an uncertain school year ahead which may include traditional face-to-face, hybrid, and virtual club interactions. You’ll also hear how esports are a great way to support Social Emotional Learning, and develop important career skills.

Panelists:

Christine Weiser – Tech & Learning
Chris Aviles – Garden State Esports
Tunisha Singleton Ph.D. – Fielding Graduate University
Rudy Blanco – The DreamYard Project
Samantha Anton – North America Scholastic Esports Federation

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