Chautauqua Women's Club

Chautauqua In-Depth

SPEAKER:

Kris Alexander

BIOGRAPHY:

Known as the “professor of video games,” Kristopher Alexander is an assistant professor of media production in the RTA School of Media at Toronto Metropolitan University, where he’s also director of the Red Bull Gaming Hub, a research lab based at the school. A two-time globally ranked player turned scholar and game developer, Alexandar advocates for the power of video games to enhance learning and teaching; his work focuses on video game design, virtual production, and collegiate esports infrastructure.

Currently developing his own video game which will embody his research, Alexander has created video game development curricula and programs for JAMK University in Finland, Humber College, Toronto Met U, Concordia University, University of Toronto, LEARN Quebec, CSLP Montreal, and Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport. He’s completed academic video essays with Wisecrack, a YouTube channel with over 3 million subscribers, and done educational work with Epic Games and the Canada Media Fund. He’s worked on esports in academia with Red Bull and Team Liquid, and even transformed into an animated bear live on Breakfast Television while talking about the metaverse.

Alexander earned his Master of Arts in Media Production and a Bachelor of Arts in Radio and Television Arts at Reyerson University (now Toronto Metropolitan University) and his Ph.D. at Concordia University, where his thesis was titled “Video Games and Interactivity: The Semiotics of Multimedia in Instructional Design.”