Student Research

DMDL and ECT students are encouraged to participate in research and development and the design community. Students attend and present at conferences such as AECT (Association for Educational Communication & Technology), AERA (American Educational Research Association), AOIR (Association of Internet Researchers), CHI (Computer-Human Interaction), CSCL (Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning), DML (Digital Media & Learning), ELD (Emerging Learning Design), Game Developers Conference, Games for Change, GLS (Games, Learning, and Society), HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, & Technology Advanced Collaboratory), ICLS (International Conference of the Learning Sciences), IDC (Interaction Design for Children), i-conference (Conference of Information Schools), or SIGGRAPH (Special Interest Group for Computer Graphics).

Doctoral students begin conducting academic research in their first semester, formally supported through the doctoral colloquium and their academic advising relationship, as well as courses. Master's students contribute to the field either through their design work or through research, supported by course electives chosen in the program and culminating in the master's capstone project.