About Me

Portrait Jan BroerHi, my name is Jan. I am a researcher and PhD candidate at the University of Bremen, studying gamification in our department of mathematics and computer science. Among other topics, I teach courses on gamification and game studies. This site serves as a convenient collection of documents and information I wish to make available without posting them on my university profile. I am not yet sure what I will use the blog area for, but I could see it becoming a mixture of posts on research, teaching, gaming, and other hobbies. First and foremost, this site is supposed to replace the incredibly ugly page found at this address previously.

Brief CV

Below you will find a short version of my CV, censored for privacy reasons. Prospective employers feel free to contact me for the full version.

M.Sc. in Digital Media
Research on gamification
Experienced in university level teaching
Bachelor thesis on markets in MMORPGs
Master thesis on the conception and simulation of a digital currency
Work experience as PHP/MySQL developer
Enthusiastic gamer since 1992
10/2006 – 02/2010 University of Bremen
Studies in Digital Media
Topic of the master thesis: Frictionless Money – Towards a Unified
Digital Currency
Degree: Master of Science (M. Sc.) in Digital Media (Grade: 1,2 – excellent)
08/2004 – 12/2004 Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis
Semester abroad
Studies in New Media
10/2002 – 09/2006 University of Bremen
Studies in Digital Media
Topic of the bachelor report: Virtual Economies – Control and Development of Markets in Massively Multiplayer Online Role-playing Games
Degree: Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.) in Digital Media (Grade: 1.6 – good)
2014 Mensch und Computer 2014, Workshop “Press Play”
München, Deutschland: De Gruyter Oldenbourg, S. 389-395.
Title: Gamification and the Trough of Disillusionment.
2013 ACIS 2013
Title: Gamification – A New Phenomenon in IS Research?
Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering, Vol. 40
Title: Digital Pen and Paper Technology as a Means of Classroom Administration Relief
10/2009 Proceedings of the World Congress on Engineering and Computer Science 2009
Title: An Evaluation of Digital Pen and Paper Technology in Classroom Administration
05/2005 – 05/2006 eWerk GmbH, Bremen
PHP/MySQL programming
Maintenance and development of the CMS evoPage
Conception and development of web applications
08/1993 – 07/2001 Degree: Abitur (Grade: 1,3)
10/2001 – 07/2002 Michaelshof Rostock alternate civil service
General skills: Project management, academic writing, qualitative research, statistics, university level teaching

Computer skills:
Competent in: PHP, MySQL, Java, Javascript, Linux Server Administration, Content Management Systems, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Flash + Actionscript, MS Office
Some experience in: Ruby, Lua, C++, Erlang, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Premiere, LaTeX, Origin Pro, 3D Studio Max

German (native language)
English (excellent)

Broad experience in gaming of the role-playing, strategy, and MMO varieties