About our People


Jan Mingfong

Research Scientist

I am an education researcher and a photographer from Taiwan, and currently lives and works in Singapore. As a researcher, I am interested in how new media (e.g., Flickr, mobile phones and digital camera) restructure thinking, values, actions, community, and culture. As a photographer, my goal is to capture the essence of life in nature and culture.

I received my BA and MA degree in Literature from Taiwan before working with my advisor Dr. Kurt Squire on several mobile game-based learning projects at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.  Funded by UW-Madison, US Department of Education, and MacArthur Foundation, we collaborate with MIT, Harvard, Edgewood College, Milwaukee Urban Ecology Center, and Wisconsin public schools to investigate how games can be designed to foster higher order thinking and social capabilities.  Between 2004 and 2009, I was involved in the design of more than 10 handheld augmented reality games (among these games, Mad City Mystery, Sick at South Shore Beach, and Saving Lake Wingra are the three place-based triology games that students in exploring social and ecological issues).

I received my PhD from the Educational Communications and Technology Division of Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Wisconsin-Madison, in 2009. 

I have been a member of the Games + Learning + Society research group since 2004.  In June 2009, I joined the Learning Sciences Lab at the National Institute of Education in Singapore.  As a research scientist, I design and research games, virtual communities, and activities that foster new literacies. 

My photography can be found at Flickr.


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