April 7, 2010
Dr. Richard Van Eck, associate professor and graduate director of the instructional design and technology program at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, will be the keynote speaker when Morningside College holds its seventh annual Palmer Student Research Symposium on Wednesday, April 14, in Olsen Student Center, 3609 Peters Ave, and Lincoln Center, 3627 Peters Ave.
This event is free and open to the public.
Van Eck will speak at 4 p.m. in the UPS Auditorium in Lincoln Center. He will discuss the use of digital games in student learning.
The Palmer Student Research Symposium will open at 7:45 a.m. in the Yockey Family Community Room of the Olsen Student Center with remarks by Morningside College President John Reynders and William Deeds, vice president of academic affairs and dean of the college.
About 80 different student research projects in the academic areas of biology, business, communication and composition, computer science, English, math, music, nursing, political science and psychology will be presented throughout the day. The presentations include empirical and non-empirical independent or classroom research projects presented in oral, poster or panel format.
Van Eck has published and presented extensively in the field of digital game-based learning, and he has created six original games for learning. He is currently editing two volumes on interdisciplinary approaches to serious games, and he is working on a new game to teach scientific inquiry and problem solving to middle school students. He also has published and presented on intelligent tutoring systems, pedagogical agents, authoring tools, and gender and technology.
Van Eck has a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of North Dakota and a doctorate in instructional design and development from the University of South Alabama in Mobile. Previous experiences include serving as media arts and communication director for Cochise College in Arizona; assistant professor and member of the Institute for Intelligent Systems at the University of Memphis; and board member for the North American Simulation and Gaming Association.
The Palmer Student Research Symposium is coordinated by students Meghan Chapin, Autumn Collier, Tessie Cook, Karena Danner, Lauren Deichmann, Maggie Fast, Terence Hancock, Samantha McCarville, Rachel Sailer, Eileen Sorenson, Chelsea Swanson, Alex Weborg and Maureen Weinmeister, and by faculty advisors Dr. Jackie Barber, associate professor of nursing education, and Dr. Kim Christopherson, assistant professor of psychology.
The Palmer Student Research Symposium is supported by an endowed gift from the Palmer family in honor of Edward C. and William E. Palmer.