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After the Bell: It’s Not Just Fun and Games with Dr. Michael Abbott ’85 and Dr. Colin McKinney

After the Bell: It’s Not Just Fun and Games with Dr. Michael Abbott ’85 and Dr. Colin McKinney

Thursday, December 2
7:30 – 8:30 p.m. EST

Wabash "rings-out" a new class to our alumni ranks each year. After the Bell offers opportunities to come back to the Wabash classroom and attend virtual liberal arts sessions with current faculty members. Join us for this live virtual event being offered for Wabash alumni, spouses, partners, parents, and friends.

In 2010, Wabash was the first college or university in America to include a video game on the syllabus of an all-college course, Enduring Questions. Since then, Wabash faculty have taught games and interactive media across the curriculum, and a Game Design course is a core element of the College's Film and Digital Media Minor. So, why are Wabash faculty teaching games, and how does studying them help students learn in a liberal arts setting? Profs. Colin McKinney and Michael Abbott will discuss how and why they include video games in their teaching. They will share their strategies for using games to achieve a variety of pedagogical goals. They will also discuss their plans for bringing together students from different fields of study to collaborate this spring in courses led by Profs. McKinney and Abbott.

Michael Abbott ’85, Professor of Theater

Michael Abbott ’85 is a Professor of Theater and chair of the Music department. He teaches courses in theater, film, and digital media. He is also a composer and recently wrote the music for Wabash Theater's The Amateurs. His original score for The 39 Steps will debut this February in a production directed by Rob Johansen. From 2007-2014 he wrote and hosted the Brainy Gamer blog and podcast, which was the highest-ranked single-author website devoted to video games in the world. Michael lives in Crawfordsville with his daughter Zoe and spouse Jennifer, who teaches in the Rhetoric department.

Colin McKinney, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science

Colin McKinney is an Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, having been at Wabash since the fall of 2011. He teaches a wide range of courses in math and computing, ranging from staples like calculus to more technical ones like ancient Greek mathematics, machine organization, and spherical trigonometry. He’s a video gamer at heart and loves the ability to teach the combination of his gaming passion with the technical aspects of computing. Originally from Texas, he lives in Crawfordsville with his adorable Cairn Terrier named Mia.