Fall 2015 Games & Learning Course for Educators and Designers

Starting in October, a series of workshops will bring together teachers and designers to create a collaborative new approach to designing learning experiences for young people in Colorado.

Led by Institute of Play, the series of 7 workshops will take place every 2-4 weeks from October through February. Teams of educators and designers will learn the fundamentals of game-based learning and then work together to create and test games and game-like learning experiences. 

The program is open to all middle school teachers in the Denver area. Designers of any discipline are invited to apply – from game designers, to interaction designers and experience designers. Previous experience using or designing games is welcome, but not required! Stipends are available for participants. 

Check out the flyers for more information about the workshops and details on how to apply. 

Teachers and students team up to design games about school values

Last week, Institute of Play partnered with the Hive Denver learning network to run Quest CoLab, a 2.5-day game design workshop for six teams from across the Denver metro area – each team made up of two teachers and two middle school students.

The teacher-student teams learned all about games and game design by playing and modifying games together. Then they designed and prototyped a game around a core value of their school. On the last day, they had a chance to share their work publicly with friends, family, and colleagues at a Game Jam – and got valuable feedback to further improve their game so they can roll it out with their school community in the fall.

Check out the slideshow above for photos from the workshop. For a list of schools that participated and descriptions of games they designed, read the article over on Institute of Play's blog.