Per Carnegie Mellon University News, ITP Alum Jessica Hammer has was a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, the organization's most prestigious award for young faculty members. The $550,000 award will support her work on creating learning-supportive game-streaming interfaces.
Hammer's proposed project will apply her research interests in games and learning theory to the game streaming website Twitch.tv. Many viewers already use Twitch to learn about everything from crafting to coding. To make the platform a more effective learning environment, Hammer will use learning theory to inform the design of a more interactive viewer interface and will create new educational games that take advantage of viewer participation.
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