Summer Course @ NYU: Co-Designing Game-Based Learning Experiences Through Teacher-Designer Partnerships

Institute of Play and New York University’s Educational Communication and Technology programs are teaming up to offer a unique 2-week summer institute for in-service teachers and current NYU students.

Description of the Course

This summer institute engages participants in collaboratively designing solutions to authentic educational problems. Guided by staff from the Institute of Play and from NYU’s faculty in Educational Communication and Technology, teams of graduate students, pre-service teachers, and in-service teachers will form a community of mentored practice that combines expertise in teaching, educational design, and game-based learning.

Through intensive co-design activities, both face-to-face and online, participants will develop an understanding of, and an ability to apply game-based learning strategies to designs that improve student learning within real-world constraints. The institute will culminate in a weekend children’s workshop, facilitated by institute members, and in which teams will test ideas they develop together.

By the end of the institute, participants will have produced ready-to-use materials, and acquired design thinking strategies for innovating and implementing meaningful learning experiences. Materials generated by co-design teams will be archived in an online community for access beyond the institute. This community will also support institute members who wish to continue their collaborations during future classroom implementation of their co-created materials.

This institute will be of interest to students who seek to design with stakeholders for real-world educational settings; and to pre- and in-service teachers who seek unique professional development experiences, and partnerships that result in usable and sustainable educational materials.

Main instructors

Camillia Matuk (Educational Communication and Technology, NYU) & Rebecca Rufo-Tepper (Institute of Play’s Director of Programs, Professional Development & Teacher Education)

Dates and times

June 28 – July 9, 2016 (2 weeks)
Tue (in-person), Wed (online), Thu (in-person)
The final session will be 9am-3pm on Sat, July 9, and will include a children’s workshop facilitated by institute participants.

How to enroll

Current NYU students: Search Albert for EDCT-GE 2550.001 (3 Credits).
In-service teachers: Register on Eventbrite. If you would also like to earn graduate credit for this course, you may use one of your NYU course vouchers. If you do not have a voucher but would still like to earn credit, please follow this process for applying as non-matriculated NYU students, and then register for the course via Albert.


Find out more at the course’s Eventbrite page.