Faculty Convivium

Dr. Karen Stewart

Assistant Professor
Communications & Media Department



Video games are more than entertainment. In addition to being fun, they represent new ways of learning, sharing information, and facilitating creative expression. As such, video games offer rich and exciting connections to applied pedagogies and arts-based learning. In this talk, Dr. Stewart shares how she accidently became a video game scholar, and how her research into visual novel video games is turning into a dynamic applied learning project that is attracting students from a variety of disciplines across campus. She also discusses different ways gaming can be a conceptual framework for creating a non-traditional learning environment.



Next Convivivium - Thursday, December 7th

Dr. Frank Thornton

Assistant Professor
Educational Psychology, Counseling & Special Education



Ever since President Gerald Ford signed into law legislation granting equal rights to education for students with disabilities, rural schools have struggled to provide the services necessary to meet the needs of students with disabilities. In the United States today, the majority of unserved children with special needs reside in rural areas. Studies have shown that there are many obstacles to providing high quality services in rural schools, including funding formulas, access to resources, and a shortage of qualified professionals. However, rural schools also have advantages their big city districts lack, such as community cohesion, a sense of place, and local school board control. The challenge for special education teacher preparation programs is ensuring candidates are able to meet the social, cultural, and academic needs of students in districts where these challenges and opportunities exist. SUNY Oneonta Special Education Graduate programs prepare our candidates to meet the challenges of rural schools. Through building community partnerships, working closely with schools, we prepare teachers to meet the special challenge of educating students with disabilities in rural schools.

The Faculty Convivium is a luncheon series presented by SUNY Oneonta faculty. Summaries of faculty research, accessible to the non-specialist, are presented in a collegial atmosphere.

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Seating is limited. To reserve a seat please call x2517 at least several days before the talk. Vegetarian meals are available.



Otsego Grille
Morris Conference Center






Thursday, November 2, 2017

12:00-1:00 p.m.