Director - Experiential Design and Gaming Environments (EDGE Lab)
Jason Nolan is autistic. He's director of the experiential design and gaming environment (EDGE) lab, and a professor in early childhood studies at Ryerson University. He is also a faculty member in the joint Ryerson/York graduate program in Communication and Culture. Jason graduated with a Ph.D. in critical pedagogy from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in 2001, with a dissertation on virtual learning environments in education. His research focuses on adaptive design for children with disabilities, gaming/play, privacy/autonomy, sensory play, informal learning environment, virtual worlds, and the voices of 'digital natives'. His work has appeared in journals such as Canadian Children, New Media & Society, Surveillance and Society, and Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures. He is co-editor of The International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments.