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Been There, Done That: Lessons from Developing >1 Game Program

Katherine Isbister  (Professor, UC Santa Cruz)

Eric Zimmerman  (Arts Professor, NYU Game Center)

Mia Consalvo  (Professor and Canada Research Chair in Games Studies, Concordia University)

Location: Room 2014, West Hall

Date: Monday, March 18

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Pass Type: All Access, GDC Conference + Summits, GDC Summits - Get your pass now!

Topic: Educators Summit

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

This panel brings together educators who have been part of developing more than one game education program. Collectively, the panelists have taught in programs at 9 institutions in the US, Canada, and Europe. They will share stories about the ways a school's local context (geography, institutional structure, faculty) can have a big impact. They will discuss which teaching ideas worked well in one place and translated well at another, as well as which ideas definitely didn't. The panel will share tips for what to do if you are considering moving to a new school and trying to apply what you know.


Attendees will get first-hand knowledge from educators who've had a hand in founding/shaping more than one game education program about what carries over well across institutions, and what to look out for, try out, and avoid(!) if they are considering making a move to teaching in a new program.

Intended Audience

Anyone who teaches in a games program can benefit from the lessons learned and insights shared during this panel. The talk may be especially relevant to those considering starting/joining a new program in a different institution.