I’m Sean Duncan, and I’m currently an Assistant Professor in Indiana University‘s Learning Sciences program. My work productively straddles game studies, internet studies, and educational research. I study cultures of play and learning in digital and analog spaces. In educational research, studies of games, game design, and participation in online gaming communities have been shown to be critical sites of situated learning worthy of further study. But, of course, games are not primarily instructive — they are expressive media, balancing complex systems of rule sets and narratives, utilized for entertainment, artistic, political, and critical goals. I welcome and explore this tension, with the goal of documenting play with games and within extant gaming communities as complex sites of learning.
For more detail on my research, please visit the Research page; for more on my teaching, please visit my Courses page (which is woefully out of date and will be updated soon). My research lab, currently housed in IU’s Center for Research on Learning & Technology, is called the Playful Culture Lab, and I encourage you to check it out if you’d like to hear more about recent projects. I encourage you to download my vita (linked above) or get in touch via my profile page at IU’s School of Education website. If you’re interested in the lab’s work, I occasionally tweet about it at @playcult.