Social Justice Video Game Design Project: The Fiery Phoenix and the Epic Fail


Tales from a social justice video game design project in collaboration with The Linden School.

Dr. Renee Jackson is an assistant professor in the art education and community arts practices department at Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia. Dr. Jackson was the art teacher at Linden for three years. Her doctoral research involved a year-long, collaborative social justice video game design project called Arcade Our Way (AoW). AoW included an all-female team of 15 girls in Grade 7 and 8 from The Linden School, their teacher, five undergraduate students from Concordia University and McGill University, and the CEO of a small gaming company in Montréal.

Dr. Jackson will be discussing some interesting aspects of the AoW project from a macro perspective, including the relevance of this kind of project within a 21st-century learning context, and the importance of video game design opportunities for girls She will also touch on details about the project from a micro perspective, including the Fiery Phoenix of energizing moments, and the Epic Fail.  

About Dr. Jackson's work:

Building off of the idea that partnerships with schools can support contemporary versions of progressive informal learning environments (affinity spaces) in formal settings, Dr. Jackson’s ambition is to establish a long-term collaborative social justice game design research partnership with a local school in Philadelphia. AoW was the pilot that will inform similar projects in the future. She remains affiliated with the Technoculture Arts and Games lab at Concordia University, where her interest in video games and education originally developed. 

This event is open to the Linden community and our educational partners. 

January 12, 2017 at 7pm – 8:30pm
The Linden School - Gym
10 Rosehill Ave
Toronto, ON M4T1G5
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