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Thesis Capstone Project

MA, Digital Media Design for Learning

Your thesis capstone, developed over a two-semester period, is where your creativity and newfound knowledge of the learning and cognitive sciences meet to inspire a project of personal and professional interest. You'll present your thesis at our celebratory culminating ECT Design Expo thesis showcase. 

More about the Thesis Capstone

The thesis capstone project enables you to integrate and apply what you've learned in your coursework, internships, and prior experiences, with faculty guidance and support.

As a thesis capstone student, you will meet regularly as a group, reporting on progress, discussing your research and prototypes, and critiquing each other's work through collaborative peer and faculty feedback.

Examples of recent thesis projects:

  • Science in Serious Play, Aybuke Gul Turker: This project reveals the imaginative side of science learning through a serious action physics game that teaches geometrical optics to middle and high school students.

  • LanguageBug, Guilherme Bueno: Learn as you speak – a novel approach to language learning.
  • Skyward, Wayland Guo: Skyward provides a better ornithology learning experience through a combination of bird identification and game-based learning.
  • Know Your Globe, Emily Nevitt: This project is a best practices website designed to help study abroad educators construct meaningful and transformative learning experiences.
  • Monkey-Mind, Heena Gulati: Monkey-Mind is a creative, action-oriented, web and mobile-based platform designed to educate children about mental health using interactive multimedia technology and digital games.
  • Eat Well Squad, Sang Nong: Eat Well Squad motivates preteens to enhance their literacy of nutrition fact labels using both printed comics and augmented reality.
  • VR Magic Bongos, Aniol Maso: This virtual reality game aims to help adolescents improve their inhibitory skills.
  • Distant Faces, Shared Spaces: Trent Hoy. This project investigates the impact of immersive mobile technologies on language and intercultural learning in classroom telecollaboration partnerships.
  • Three Worlds, Alison Bosworth: An application that pays attention to bigger frameworks around early childhood education for children to learn about art, draw and interact.
  • MindMint, Sarah Azhar: A mobile app that helps users strengthen their cognitive function, working memory and prevent Alzheimer’s.