CUNY Games Conference 5.0!

The CUNY Games Network of the City University of New York is excited to announce The CUNY Games Conference 5.0, to be held on January 18, 2019, at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York City.

This year, the CUNY Games Conference distills its best cutting-edge interactive presentations into a one-day event to promote and discuss game-based pedagogies in higher education, focusing particularly on non-digital learning activities that faculty can use in the classroom every day. The conference will include workshops lead by CUNY Games Organizers on how to modify existing games for the classroom, how to incorporate elements of play into simulations and critical thinking activities, as well as poster sessions, playtesting, and game play. For the digitally minded, we will also offer a workshop in creating computer games in Unity.

Workshops will include:

Redesign: Modifying Tabletop Games for Instruction with Joe Bisz and Carolyn Stallard
Introduction to Game Design and Programming in Unity — open to both faculty and students, with Deborah Sturm or Robert Duncan
Game up your Math and Science Classes with Kathleen Offenholley
Allure of Play Game Design Workshop with Joe Bisz
Poster and Game Demos!
And an ongoing Game play and Open Space

The heart of game-based learning lies in its inspiration: the games we play. Therefore, on the second day of the conference, we will be playing board and card games in a social, bonding atmosphere. This is a more informal event and we expect turn-out to be smaller than the first day, which is a good opportunity for further networking. You are welcome to bring your own educational games for play testing, as well as your own breakfast. We will provide a large selection of board and card games of various complexity levels, so even if you’ve never played a game before, you will discover something to suit. BMCC is very close to Whole Foods if you need to take a lunch break or pick up food before you arrive.

[See the schedule for more detail.]

We are calling all faculty and graduate students who play or design games/playful interactive activities for your classes to participate in one of our game demo and poster sessions! (Both CUNY and non-CUNY participation is welcome.)

Who we are: The CUNY Games Network is composed of over 100 educators from a wide range of CUNY campuses and disciplines. Our members are interested in games, simulations, and other forms of interactive teaching. We seek to facilitate the pedagogical uses of both digital and non-digital games in higher education and to encourage research and scholarship in the dynamic and growing field of game-based learning. Our steering committee consists of a multi-disciplinary group of CUNY faculty and staff.

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