About Us

Our UW Affiliation

Gear Learning at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research is a game development studio that provides a dynamic hands-on game development resource for campus researchers, outreach groups, and external educational partners. With nearly a decade of educational game design and development experience, Gear Learning works closely with faculty and other subject matter experts through an iterative approach to map gameplay mechanics to learning goals.

The Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's highly ranked public School of Education is one of the first and most productive education research centers in the world. It has assisted scholars and practitioners develop, submit, conduct and share grant-funded education research for more than 50 years. WCER's mission is to improve educational outcomes for diverse student populations, impact education practice positively and foster collaborations among academic disciplines and practitioners.

Meet Our Team

Mike
Beall

Director

Greg
Shives

Project Manager

Greg
Vaughan

Chief Technologist

John
Karczewski

Software Engineer

T. Cullen
Morris

Production Lead

Jake
Ruesch

Art Director

Josephine
Allen

2D / 3D Artist

Iva
Ivanova

2D / 3D Artist

Nathalie
Fourdraine

2D / 3D Artist

Tiffany
Herder

Graduate Researcher

Mohammad
Akanda

Data Analyst

taylor
Clinton

Social Media Team

Sammi
Goldstein

Social Media Team

Natalie
Aeschliman

Outreach & Playtesting Coordinator