NASAGA Podcast Series!


In 2013, we conducted an experiment within NASAGA. The question was, essentially, “If we build it, will they come?” Two nights a month, a slowly growing group of NASAGAns came together on Twitter to chat about various ideas within our fields. We had deep discussions about play and identity, conquering institutional resistance, meaningful gamification with Scott Nicholson, providing options for learner engagement, simulations versus games, mobile gaming, alternate reality gaming, and, most recently, narrative use in games and simulations with Anastasia Salter.

We are maintaining the availability of the transcripts, so anyone can go back and catch up on all of them.

Transcripts of all previous chats:

To find a specific transcript, use these links:

Storytime! , hosted by Anastasia Salter

Meaningful Gamification, hosted by Scott Nicholson

Identity and Play, hosted by Melissa Peterson

Combating Resistance to Games, hosted by Melissa Peterson

ARGs!, hosted by Melissa Peterson

Mobile Games, hosted by Melissa Peterson

Sims vs Games, hosted by Melissa Peterson

Providing Learners with Options, hosted by Melissa Peterson

About the chat coordinator

Melissa Peterson is a games-based learning designer and researcher in Hawaii, currently writing grants and working to fund various projects in informal science education spaces.  Her background in cognitive science and informal education gives her work a unique constructivist and exploratory style.  Melissa can be reached at