Learning Games Podcast: Teaching Finance with RPGs

Welcome to episode four of our podcast series on the Engagement Lab, an applied research facility at Emerson College focusing on the development and study of learning games, technology, and new media to enhance civic life.

This episode, we focused on Unlocking Health, an exploration and strategy game for teaching the principles of results-based finance.

This game was the second collaboration between the Engagement Lab and the World Bank. The first was Risk Horizon (2014), a real-time strategy game designed as part of a massive open online course (MOOC).

To learn more about Unlocking Health, we interviewed Engagement Lab Project Manager Christina Wilson. Listen to our latest podcast to hear what she had to say about results-based financing, the World Bank, and the fictional world of Zariba.

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About Christina Wilson

As Project Manager at the Engagement Lab, Christina played a large role in the creation of Unlocking Health. In her role, Christina combines her passion for language, philosophy, and visual arts to help promote the use of meaningful play to invoke community action. Christina holds degrees from the University of Chicago (B.A. English Language and Literature) and U.S.C. (M.A. English: Film, Literature & Culture).

More podcasts about educational games at the Engagement Lab:

Podcast: Interview with Eric Gordon at the Engagement Lab

Podcast: Community PlanIt

Podcast: Handwashing with Ananse in Ghana

Podcast: Gaming for Good at the Games for Social Change Workshop

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.