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Researchers Find SEL Gains for Students in Esports

Aug 25, 2020 | THE Journal

NASEF, the North America Scholastic Esports Federation, has found that students participating in esports showed "significant development" of STEM and workforce skills and social-emotional characteristics. The research was undertaken by...

What Teens Need Us to Know About Social Media and Mental Health

Jul 29, 2020 | Spark and Stitch Institute

A new report from a team of researchers at the Connected Learning Lab at UC Irvine provides rich evidence of what we have been sharing in workshops for years and the philosophy...

Raising Good Gamers to Positively Transform Culture of Online Games for Youth

Jul 14, 2020 | Gamasutra

Raising Good Gamers, a new initiative to change the culture of online gaming for youth, launches today, including a year-long campaign with TED-Ed that will culminate with the first-ever Games for Change Youth Summit...

Teens’ technology use and mental health: New report from the Connected Learning Lab provides insight into Youth Connections for Wellbeing

Jun 23, 2020 | PR Web

Three leading researchers, Mimi Ito, Candice Odgers, and Stephen Schueller, have just published Youth Connections for Wellbeing, an integrative review paper that illuminates how teens support each other through digital...

Raising Good Gamers: Katie Salen-Tekinbaş Tackles Online Toxicity with New Initiative

Apr 16, 2020 | UCI's Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences

How might we develop and support gaming communities that cultivate empathetic, compassionate and civically engaged kids? This is the question Informatics Professor Katie Salen Tekinbaş aims to address through a new Connected...

The Connected Learning Lab Explores New Ways to Support Youth Development

Jan 23, 2020 | UCI News

Can a game-design competition built around artifacts in a museum lead to increased youth civic engagement? These are questions UCI’s Connected Learning Lab (CLL) is exploring in two new multiorganizational,...

Connected Learning Lab Recognized as an Organized Research Unit

Jul 18, 2019

The Connected Learning Lab (CLL) was recently recognized as an “Organized Research Unit (ORU)” — a cross-campus research institute — by UC Irvine, with UCI formally supporting its expansion and making...

Growing Up Digital

Dec 17, 2018 | UCI News

Today’s U.S. teens are more connected – to the internet, information and each other – than any previous generation, with 95 percent having access to a smartphone and 45 percent...