Member Spotlight on: Dr. Kurt Thumlert

Kurt Thumlert, a recent addition to IRDL and our resident fun guy. Kurt is a lecturer in York University’s Faculty of Education. His research and teaching focus on production pedagogies and new media, the arts and multimodal literacies, and informal/DIY cultural production. Kurt’s work examines the opportunities of digital media, game-based learning, and simulation and role-play for inviting sustained engagements within multiliteracy-learning challenges, as well as for supporting authentic modes of art and knowledge making. His courses invite students to critically co-explore the sociotechnical resources and participative opportunities of emerging media ecologies, as well as related production-based learning environments. Kurt’s recent publications include several articles co-authored with Suzanne de Castell and Jennifer Jenson on educational theory, games, and technology studies.

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