EdTech Innovations Podcast: Interview with Eric Gordon at the Engagement Lab

Welcome to the first episode of our new podcast series, EdTech Innovations.

This season, we’ll be focusing on the Engagement Lab, an applied research facility at Emerson College focusing on the development and study of games, technology, and new media to enhance civic life.

For our first episode, we interviewed Engagement Lab Director Eric Gordon to learn more about the Engagement Lab’s history and the way it has impacted communities around the globe.

About the Engagement Lab

Using the principles of gamification and education technology to reach the corners of the earth, the Engagement Lab creates and implements learning games teaching finance management, media literacy, civic engagement, even the principles of flood prediction, and reaching communities as close as Boston and Chicago and as far as Ghana and Egypt. Affiliated with such high-profile organizations as the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard, Boston Public Schools, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, the Red Cross, and the Pearson Foundation, the experimental game lab has paved its way from community to community, providing knowledge and facilitating action in the areas citizens need it most.

About Eric Gordon

In addition to running the Engagement Lab, Eric Gordon is a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and an associate professor of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College, where he concentrates on the design and research of digital games and social software that promote local civic engagement. Eric recently co-authored Net Locality: Why Location Matters in a Networked World (Blackwell Publishing, 2011) and wrote The Urban Spectator: American Concept Cities From Kodak to Google (Dartmouth, 2010).


Hannah Nyren

Hannah Nyren

Hannah Nyren is the General Manager of EdTech Times. A Texan by birth but a Bostonian at heart, Hannah is an educational writer, AmeriCorps alum, and one-time StartupWeekend EDU (SWEDU) winning team member. She started her career at a Pearson-incubated edtech startup, but has since covered travel, food & culture, and even stonemasonry in addition to education.