People

Dr. Jen Jenson


Jennifer Jenson is Professor of Pedagogy and Technology in the Faculty of Education and Director of the Institute for Research on Digital Learning at York University, Canada. She is currently co-editor of Loading:The Journal of the Canadian Game Studies Association and past president of the Canadian Game Studies Association. Working with Professor Suzanne de Castell (Dean, University of Ontario Institute of Technology), Dr. Nicholas Taylor (NC State University) and a team of students in her CFI-funded Play:CES (Play in Computer Environments) lab, she has designed a series of educational games including: “Contagion”, “Epidemic: Self-Care for Crisis”, a Baroque music game, and an iPad game for early readers, Compareware (available for free in the app store).

She has completed 2 longitudinal studies of gender and digital gameplay, and holds a Partnership Development Grant that is attempting to intervene and support women and girls in the game industry, “Feminist in Games”. She also recently completed a 3-year, mixed methods study of massively multiplayer online games and their players in partnership with SRI International, Simon Fraser University and Nottingham University, UK. She has considerable experience working on and with teachers in relation to technology, pedagogy and curriculum, and authored a report for the Ontario Ministry of Education entitled “21st Century Skills, Technologies and Learning“. She is co-editor of Worlds in Play: International Perspectives on Digital Game Research(Peter Lang Press, 2007) with Suzanne de Castell and lead author of Policy Unplugged (McGill-Queens University Press, 2007) with Chloe Brushwood Rose and Brian Lewis.

Dr. Milena Droumeva


Milena is an Assistant Professor in Communication and Media Studies at Simon Fraser University, specializing in mobile technologies, sound studies and sensory ethnography. She has a PhD in education and has worked extensively in educational research. At at the Institute for Research on Digital Learning (York University), Milena worked a Post-Doctoral Fellow (2014-2015) for the Think, Design, Play project investigating game development as an instructional tool for teaching computational literacy in the k-12 system. Currently, Milena also serves as an academic advisor for InWithForward, a social enterprise focused on creating grounded change in services for marginalized people and people with cognitive disabilities. Milena’s specialization in sound studies consists of over 14 years experience soundwalking, sound recording, writing and thinking about sound. You can find her musings on that and other material goodies at http://natuaural.com

Dr. Kelly Bergstrom


Kelly is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the PlayCES Lab at York University in Toronto, Canada working on Think, Design, Play and other educational initiatives engaging youth, technology and digital media. Kelly’s own research agenda relates to engagement and (dis)engagement in online communities, i.e. what makes folks quit a community they were previously a part of. Her other area of research interest has been affectionally named “jerk studies” by some friends at the Association of Internet Researchers due to its connection to studying trolls and incivility that we encounter through online interactions. This work regularly takes Kelly to Reddit.com, and more recently meme generator websites like Quickmeme or Memegenerator.

Michelle Ali, MEd


Michelle is a recent graduate from York University's Master of Education program. There she studied gender issues that arise as students learn with educational technologies. She is a certified teacher who enjoys reading, long walks on the beach, and watching the Green Bay Packers!

Current and Past Facilitators



The Think Design Play project is led by Dr. Jennifer Jenson at York University, and is funded through the generous support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.