Carrie Heeter

heeterProfessor of Serious Game Design
Michigan State University

Carrie Heeter is professor of serious game design in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media at Michigan State University, where she also co-directs the Serious Game Design MA Program. She is principal investigator in the Games for Entertainment and Learning Lab (GEL Lab), and creative director for Virtual University Design and Technology.

Heeter has lived in San Francisco and telecommuted to work full time for Michigan State University for the last twelve years. She teaches online graduate courses in design research and game design. Current projects include National Science Foundation-funded research looking at the impact of paired play on learning from games; a study of gender, playstyle, and learning; and the development of a portal to connect game industry professionals with relevant academic research.

Heeter’s game design products currently include Headline Clues (a game to exercise verbal and semantic cognition); Climate Change Decision Game (an exploration of the foundations of personal values related to science and society through play); and Microbe Hunter (a suite of adaptive learning games designed in collaboration with Georgia Tech University). She is co-editor of the recent book Beyond Barbie and Mortal Kombat: New Perspective on Gender and Gaming. Heeter earned a PhD in mass media from Michigan State University in 1984.

ETC Publications

Review of ‘At-Risk’: A Simulation Training Program for College Staff
Online Hybrid as Asynchronous, Co-present, and Remote
Adventures in Hybrid Teaching: The First Day Is the Hardest

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