Spring 2 and Summer Research

I am working on creating educational mods for existing commercial open-world games such as Minecraft. This summer's work focuses on creating realistic evolution through natural selection and predation pressures in a Minecraft mod. Stay tuned for a playable version!!

How to Meet with Me

Office Hours

I will be on campus occasionally during the second spring term and during the summer. I would welcome a chance to walk and talk or meet outside!! Alternatively, we can also arrange for a video chat through MS Teams or WebEx.

Contact me to arrange a time and medium for a meeting. My Outlook calendar is usually up to date!!

Virtual Office Connection Information

Contact me through Microsoft Teams or join me in my WebEx room. It is best to email me ahead of time to set up an appointment!!

Barbara Johnson's Personal Room (WebEx)
https://grinnellcollege.webex.com/meet/johnsonba | 926504322

Join by phone
+1-415-655-0001 US Toll
Access code: 926 504 322


My research primarily is in the field of educational technology with a particular focus on the educational uses of computer games (commercial and serious), simulations, and virtual worlds and the cultural, social, and policy issues that this raises. I seek to improve education through playful, experiential learning using commercial, off-the-shelf games as well as serious games developed for educational purposes.

Yes, I research computer games. It's a rough life.

I also research ways to increase diversity in computer science through informal (afterschool and out of school) game modding and development opportunities.

If you are interested in either of these two areas, see my Research page - or come and talk to me.