We research and design
games for learning.
GLS investigates how games engage, enrich, and transform.
We then design great games based on this research.
GLS has produced over a dozen games designed around a range of content models. Our games promote engaged learning about biological systems, civic activism, self-regulating attention, empathy, programming, literacy, and many other domains.
GLS is one of the longest standing games-for-learning research programs in the world, housed in the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, UW's premier center for transdisciplinary research and innovation. Our research is theoretically engaged, methodologically diverse, and broad in impact. Come see why our publications are among the top cited in games and learning.
GLS faculty are leaders in the field. Our network of collaborators includes content experts on campus, leaders in the game industry, master teachers across Wisconsin, and playful learners of all age.
GLS researchers and designers maintain a healthy balance between work and play, hosting art installations, game nights, social events, and service outings in between projects in the lab.
330 N. Orchard St.
Madison, WI 53715
Ph: ( 608 ) 265-8739
Fax: ( 608 ) 265-6483
The GLS Conference, held annually in Madison, provides a forum for games researchers, game designers, and educators from around the world to share results from research and game design efforts.