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Hi there!

I'm an associate professor at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University, where I do research on how to facilitate learning through games and play in non-classroom settings. I look at both the creation of transformative games and meaningful gamification.

You can keep up with me on:
Twitter at @snicholson,
Google Plus as scottnicholson
or Facebook at my public page.


During the 2011-2012 academic year, I was a Visiting Faculty member at the department of Compartive Media Studies at MIT, working primarily with the Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab. This was when I started this blog, but I will be continuing the blog here.


I've also been a gamer most of my life. From 2005-2010, I hosted a Web-based video show called Board Games with Scott, where I taught viewers how to play many modern board games. I also have one published board game that I designed named Tulipmania 1637, and have other games with publishers now. I am available as a speaker or consultant to talk about games, gamification, game design, and libraries, and you can reach me at