Benefits and Drawbacks of Membership in the Fighting Game Community

OTL Presents Preliminary FGC Study Findings

May 4, 2017 Crystal 0

On April 21, 2017, the Online Technologies Lab was at the Midwestern Psychological Association’s Society for Community Research and Action Program. There, we presented some preliminary results from the FGC survey we completed last year. OTL designed a survey including quantitative and qualitative questions that was based on the current literature about fighting games, as well as the blog posts, forum discussions, and direct feedback of community members. We wanted to share with all of you Ahmed AlSamaani’s poster about the benefits and drawbacks of FGC membership and the talk Jordan Reed and Kelly Collins presented on the relationship between affective (what people Read More…

Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute

Welcoming the ABCD Institute to DePaul University’s Steans Center

April 13, 2017 Crystal 0

I’ve been wanting to write about this for a while. Finally, we’ve released a press release welcoming the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute to the Steans Center here at DePaul University. As a community psychologist, I am so excited to see some of the best changemakers I’ve ever encountered joining our ranks. I’ve had the opportunity to attend two retreats with ABCD Institute founders John McKnight and Jody Kretzmann during this transition. These retreats have only reaffirmed my belief in the work that the Steans Center does, and how much I value our focus on building partnerships with community-based organizations instead Read More…

Online Technologies Lab receives SCRA mini-grant for work with CEOtaku

March 6, 2017 Crystal 0

I can’t believe I didn’t actually write a post about this back when it happened in January! I’m really happy to announce that Online Technologies Lab was awarded a SCRA Community Mini-Grant from the Society for Community Research and Action (APA Division 27) for our work with the fighting game community (FGC) and CEO Gaming. In October, Jordan and I went to CEOtaku, an anime fighting game tournament, to interview tournament attendees about their sense of community, social responsibility, reactions to FGC members’ helpful and harmful behaviors, perceptions of the FGC, and what contributes to building and limiting community. The funds will help cover Read More…

Midwest Eco 2016

Midwest Eco 2016 Registration Now Open

September 22, 2016 Crystal 0

I just wanted to make a quick post saying that registration for Midwest Eco 2016 is up! You can get more details here. This year’s conference theme is “Building Diverse Communities for Change.” The conference will be held October 14-15, 2016 on DePaul University’s Lincoln Park campus. A special thanks goes to DePaul University’s Steans Center, who is graciously sponsoring the event. I am particularly excited about our keynote speaker, Dr. Amie McKibban from the University of Southern Indiana. Dr. McKibban is a dear friend of mine and an excellent mentor, and I look forward to hearing her speak. You can Read More…

Community psychology

What is Community Psychology?

August 2, 2016 Crystal 0

The first question I am usually asked when I tell someone I study community psychology is, “What is that, exactly?” Well, actually, no. The first question I usually get goes something like, “So can you tell me what’s wrong with me/my ex/my parent/whoever?” When I explain that no, I’m not a clinician or a counselor, the second question they ask is usually, “What do you do, then?” Fair enough. “What is community psychology?” In all honesty, this is a tough question to answer, at least succinctly. In my first two years at DePaul, a classmate of mine would often look at me Read More…