Projects/Informal Learning Environments

Informal learning environments, especially for adults and minorities, are invaluable sites for the acquisition of new skills and competencies. We want to ensure the continued success of inclusive ‘incubator’ and safe-space initiatives such as Dames Making Games (Toronto), Pixelles (Montreal) and XX Games (Brighton) that support women in learning to design and make games. Our research in this area involves documenting who participates in such initiatives, the curricula that are used, the means and methods of instruction and, most importantly, the outcomes for participants. This is with a view to identifying effective and sustainable models and sharing our knowledge to encourage the inception of more game-focused non-formal education projects in the future.