Institute of Play, UC Irvine, Connected Learning Lab, Connected Camps
Katie Salen is Professor in the Department of Informatics at UC Irvine, a member of the Connected Learning Lab, as well as Chief Designer and co-founder of Connected Camps, an online learning platform powered by youth gaming experts. She is founding Executive Director of Institute of Play and led the design of Quest to Learn, an innovative New York City public school. Katie is co-author of Rules of Play, The Game Design Reader, Quest to Learn: Growing a School for Digital Kids, all from MIT Press, and the forthcoming book, Affinity Online: How Connection and Shared Interest Fuel Learning (NYU Press). She was an early advocate of the then-hidden world of machinima and her current research focuses on the design of kid-friendly online communities, near-peer mentorship in esports coaching, and conflict resolution in multiplayer games.