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Spencer Striker

Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Northwestern University in Qatar, School of Communication, Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching, The Garage at Northwestern

Associate Professor of Digital Media Design


Areas of Focus

  • Digital media design and production
  • Mobile media and app development
  • Virtual reality design and immersive environments
  • Digital learning design and educational technology
  • Video game design and narrative design
  • Entrepreneurship in digital media and technology


  • Development and impact of interactive, narrative-driven educational technologies
  • Innovations in mobile media and app development for experiential learning
  • Exploration of storytelling techniques in video games to enhance learning experiences
  • Applied design research on the integration of AI and VR in educational content delivery


Striker’s digital work centers on interaction design, mobile media, digital media and learning, video games and entrepreneurship.

He is the creator of "History Adventures: World of Characters," a fully interactive digital learning series that presents a fresh approach to history education, combining mobile entertainment technology with the power of narrative design.

Striker’s digital design awards include Anthem Awards for Education, Arts & Culture (2022), Responsible Technology (2023) and Best Literacy Platform (2024); Gold Medal for Best Educational App at the Reimagine Education Awards; and four Webby Awards.

His projects have received competitive funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Northwestern’s Innovation & New Ventures Office; the Qatar National Research Fund; the Oxford Research Institute; the HBKU Innovation Center; and the National Science Foundation. In addition, he has been active in the digital media industry, having served as founding creative director of the Silicon Valley learning games startup, Galxyz, Inc.