Share Paper: Counting Courses: Assessing Postsecondary Video Game Programs in the United States and Canada

  1. Anna Borynec, Concordia University of Edmonton, Canada
  2. Kenzie Gordon, University of Alberta, Canada
  3. Evgeny Kuznetsov, University of British Columbia, Canada
  4. Antony Owino, Government of Alberta, Canada
  5. Sean Gouglas, University of Alberta, Canada

Abstract: This paper presents the challenges we encountered when attempting to evaluate game studies curriculum at postsecondary institutions in the United States and Canada. These challenges ranged from taxonomic issues of how people and institutions defined a games program to the sampling and recruitment process of research participants to the hostility faced when simply raising the question of social and cultural issues in our distributed surveys and semi-structured interviews. The value of this methodological overview lies in its ability to provide future scholars with a template for obtaining data on a cross-section of university programs. It flags challenges that are likely ...