About the author
Rabindra (Robby) Ratan (Ph.D. USC, BA/MA Stanford U) is an Associate Professor and AT&T Scholar at Michigan State University's Department of Media and Information. Dr. Ratan conducts research within the field of media psychology, examining how interactive media environments (e.g., video games) and factors within them (e.g., avatars) influence meaningful outcomes (e.g., education, health). He has received multiple teaching awards, including the MSU Teacher-Scholar Award and MSU AT&T Instructional Technology Award, and was a Lilly Teaching Fellow. He experiments with new technologies and teaching approaches, including rapping and riding a skateboard during lectures.