Thank you for joining us for GameDay 2014!

In what seems like the blink of an eye, another GameDay has come and gone. A special thanks to all of our presenters, organizers and attendees for making GameDay 2014 a fantastic event. We will be updating this site with pictures and presentations from the event in the near future and stay tuned for our save the date from GameDay 2015!

What is GameDay
For those unfamiliar with the event, “Game Day” is a chance for members of the Penn State community to come together to learn more about what Educational Gaming is, how to best utilize it to improve student learning, and hear how it is being leveraged across Penn State for teaching and research. Designed for both educational gaming “noobs” and seasoned veterans, Game Day is a great opportunity to learn from, share with, and connect to members of the Penn State community around games in Education.

GameDay 2014 Schedule

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Outside of room 102 Thomas Building

9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.

Opening Remarks
102 Thomas Building

9:10 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

The Process of Building a Game Development Minor
Chris Coulston and Joshua Shaw
102 Thomas Building

10:00 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.


10:10 – 11:00 – Session Block 1

Our Favorite Games: Applying Lessons of “Fun Games” to the Classroom
Elizabeth Pyatt
207 Thomas Building

Welcome to Digital Badges: An Introduction and Workshop
Chris Stubbs
208 Thomas Building

Using Unity 3D to Design a Serious Game for Individuals with Autism
Elizabeth Whyte
209 Thomas Building

11:00 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.


11:10 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. – Session Block 2

“EconU for the Masses” and “Boys and Their Toys: Video games and the Common Core”
Jason Engerman
207 Thomas Building

Not Just Books: How Digital Badges are Bringing Information Literacy Skills to the Library
Torrie Raish
208 Thomas Building

Simple Game Prototyping with Metrics and Events
Zac Zidik
209 Thomas Building

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

“Choose Your Own Adventure” Lunch at any on campus eatery
(We recommend the HUB or Pollock Dining Commons)

1:00 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.

Afternoon Remarks
102 Thomas Building

1:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Todd Bodnar
102 Thomas Building

2:10 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Session Block 3

Using Badges for Test Prep in a Gamified Class about Games
Brett Sherrick
207 Thomas Building

This Ain’t Your Daddy’s Gaming Adventures
Brett Bixler
208 Thomas Building

Learning From My Mistakes: Educational Game Design Tips By Way of Failure
Chris Stubbs
209 Thomas Building

3:00 p.m.

Event Close

Previous GameDay Events

Penn State encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact or 814-865-2030 in advance of your participation or visit.

3 Responses to GameDay 2014

  1. Peggy says:

    Thanks Chris, I will be there in the AM!

  2. Chris Stubbs says:

    Hi Peggy – absolutely! You are more than welcome to join us for as long as your schedule allows.

  3. Peggy says:

    Can we come for just the morning portion if we have a meeting in the afternoon?

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