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May 2021


This coming spring (May 2021), the University of Connecticut and its partners will host a virtual Eastern Forum for Esports Coaching & Teaching (#EFFECT2021) for trainers, coaches, teachers, parents, players, and others interested in the intersection of esports and education. The Eastern Forum for Esports Coaching & Teaching connects individuals involved in the growing community of online gaming to discuss, organize, and implement meaningful esports team development, management, teaching, and outreach strategies.
A live registration link will be made available as the conference approaches!

EFFECT 2021 will consist of multiple interactive keynotes by the community for the community. Each night, we plan to feature a diverse array of voices from K-12, university, and professional esports. Our panels will bring to the foreground big ideas around STEM, mentoring, leadership roles, inclusivity/accessibility, and how to get started as a novice esports coach or trainer.

More information about our panelists will be added as the conference approaches!       


The 2021 Virtual Eastern Forum for Esports Coaching & Teaching will feature an overarching theme of:

The Path Forward
  • GUIDE attendees to career trajectories that are directly and indirectly associated with esports (including both STEM and the humanities, public and private organizations);
  • EXPLORE esports coaching methods that optimally serve middle and high school as well as collegiate and professional teams;
  • CONNECT individuals interested in and involved with esports, from players, teachers, and coaches to researchers, shoutcasters, and members of the media;
  • ORGANIZE a shared vision for the esports community of practice;
  • FOSTER greater racial, ethnic, gender, and cultural diversity among esports teams and associated institutions;
  • CONSIDER differences among and accommodations for players with different cognitive, physical, or emotional skills and abilities

For questions concerning the Eastern Forum for Esports Coaching & Teaching (#EFFECT2021), please contact:

Email: stephen.slota@uconn.edu
Twitter: @EFFECT_2021

The 2021 Eastern Forum for Esports Coaching & Teaching is sponsored by the UConn Two Summers Educational Technology MA/SD Online Program:

Website: edtech.education.uconn.edu

Email: twosummers@uconn.edu

Twitter: @uconn2summers

Dr. Michael Young
Coordinator, Educational Technology
Associate Professor of Educational Psychology

e: michael.f.young@uconn.edu
p: (860) 486-0182

Dr. Stephen Slota
Asst. Coordinator, Educational Technology
Assistant Professor-in-Residence of Educational Technology / Digital Media & Design

e: stephen.slota@uconn.edu
p: (860) 486-8926

Andrew Cochran 
Graduate Assistant, Educational Technology

e: andrew.cochran@uconn.edu

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