JCSG2016: Games for education and learning, art and play

Researchers, artists, practitioners, designers, writers and developers of serious games from over 15 countries come together next month for the Joint Conference on Serious Games (JCSG2016). Day 2 (Tuesday 27 September) is focused on games for education and learning.

Games for education and learning play an important role at all levels of contemporary education. Griffith University is hosting the Joint Conference on Serious Games (JCSG2016), bringing together leading international and national experts on a wide variety of serious or interactive 'games with purpose' at The Edge on South Bank on 26/27 September.

The keynote presentation on Day 1 will be given by internationally-acclaimed Experimental Games Designer Tracy Fullerton, Director of the University of Southern California's Games Program and Chair of Interactive Media & Games Division.

On Day 2 – Tuesday 27 September – there will be a particular focus on games for education and learning. Leading Australian educator, Sara de Frietas, Pro Vice Chancellor and Professor of Learning and Teaching at Murdoch University, Perth, will provide the keynote address on Day 2. Prior to her appointment at Murdoch, Sara was Director of Research at the UK's Serious Games Institute. She is a passionate advocate of pedagogy-led blended learning, accelerated learning and activity-led learning. Her current research focuses upon learning analytics, online learning and higher education policy.

Games, Play, Interactions and Art with Purpose

 With the themes of Games, Play, Interactions and Art with Purpose, we have a packed program that brings together researchers, artists, practitioners, designers, writers, and developers of serious games from over 15 countries. The 22 presentations reflect traditional serious games in areas including: education and learning; health and well-being; accessibility; cultural heritage; and social impact, change and awareness. However they also reflect the experimental focus of serious games, pushing the boundaries of interaction, play, learning and experience. In particular, the interactive installations and games of the Showcase & Exhibition reveal the creative possibilities through Art with Purpose. 

Other speakers
Other invited speakers include Ben Schouten, Director of Playful Interaction Lab, Eindhoven University of Technology & Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands, and Jon Weinbren, Head of Games Design & Development at the National Film and Television School (NFTS), UK. Workshops are open to all participants including ‘creative writing and narrative for serious games’ by award-winning playwright, games and serious games writer, Caleb Lewis

See the conference website jcsg2016.org for more information.