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K-State Today

September 27, 2011

Registration open for instructional game design workshop

By Ben Ward

Faculty and staff can now sign up for the instructional game design workshop scheduled from 1-5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, in the Hemisphere Room, 501 Hale Library. Please register promptly as the workshop is limited to 18 faculty/staff, and several spots have already been filled by waitlist requests from previous sessions.

Game-based learning is gaining momentum in higher education with its promise of making learning more engaging and motivating for students. Come share in the opportunity to experience this firsthand through both game play and the exploration of the fundamentals of game design.

The workshop will delve into social games, serious games, traditional off-the-shelf games, mobile games and even role-playing, as a backdrop to discovering the formal elements of game design and the underlying iterative process needed to create functional, playable games.

Be prepared to participate in learning creative and innovative ways to approach teaching, even if you don't plan to use games in your classroom.

The workshop will be led by Ben Ward, an instructional designer in Information Technology Assistance Center, iTAC, with more than 15 years of experience in game design and gaming. Questions about the workshop should go to bward@k-state.edu.