Elisabeth (Betty) Hayes, is a professor in the Division of Curriculum and Instruction at Arizona State University, with an affiliate appointment in Educational Technology. Prior to joining the ASU faculty in 2007, she was a professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she was a member of the GLS research group. She brings to gaming research a background in adult literacy education, adult learning, and gender equity. She has been on the faculties at Syracuse University and Rutgers University, and was an adult literacy teacher and teacher trainer.
Dr. Hayes’s current research interests focus on gender, digital technologies, and learning, particularly the development of IT fluency. She is a lead investigator on two MacArthur-funded projects: Gamestar Mechanic, a collaborative project with the New York City company gameLab to create innovative game design software that will help young people acquire technical, artistic, and cognitive skills, and the TechSavvy Girls project, which is investigating how gaming can be a starting point for the development of IT fluency, particularly for girls and women. One of her current gaming obsessions is The Sims.
- Gamestar Mechanic Game Design Challenge (Awards Ceremony)
- Gamestar Mechanic: Developing a Game Designer Discourse Through Play
- The Sims 2 and Teen Second Life: Insights from Tech Savvy Girls, Year 2
- Discussant, Youth Programs for Games & Digital Media Literacy (Thursday, 9 a.m.)
- Discussant, Fireside Chat (Thursday, 2 p.m.)