Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Event: Exploring Edutainment games

Here's an event coming up in Vancouver on October 20th on educational games.

Exploring 'Edutainment' - linking great gaming and learning-rich experiences

Join senior SFU learning designer, Dr. Mark Frein for an exploration of the potential of 'edutainment.'

Date: October 20, 2005
Time: 8:30-10:30am: Presentation starts at 9:00 am
Venue: YWCA, 535 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Cost: $20 for NMBC Members; $30 for Non-Members
A light breakfast will be provided

No one labels commercial game software "educational": It's the kiss of death for sales. And the few educational titles available are often subpar games, at best. On the other hand, elearning and computer-based-training products are very content rich but rarely -if ever- fun to sit down and work through.

Targeting both elearning and game development professionals, this session will examine the missing links between great gaming experiences and learning-rich experiences.


Dr. Mark Frein is the senior learning designer with the Learning Strategies Group at Simon Fraser University and a faculty member in SFU's School of Business. His design creations include customized executive education experiences for corporations across Canada and beyond. He has used almost every conceivable learning technology to deliver high-impact experiences to students -- including traditional simulations, custom edutainment products, and elearning.

Mark holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of British Columbia. He is also an avid gamer who long-long-ago worked in the gaming industry.


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