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EdSurge News Reports on the CUNY Games Network

The following was published on Ed Surge News. Follow the link at the bottom of this reprint to find the original publication.

By George Lorenzo Sep 13, 2016

When four professors from the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) started collaborating on game-based learning (GBL) in developmental math and writing instruction in the mid-2000s, they had no idea what they were setting in motion. Today, more than 160 GBL researchers and practitioners contribute to the dynamic CUNY Games Network (CGN), housed within the City University of New York (CUNY), with its more than 540,000 students on 24 campuses.

The network links educators across disciplines who are interested in using games and other forms of interactive teaching to improve student success. And participants are showing that gameplay is serious business: data from BMCC classes suggests that when students have fun learning they appear to have more meaningful learning experiences. …

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Revolutionary Learning Conference–Register By Next Tuesday 7/5

Dear CUNY friends,

The CUNY Games Network is teaming up with Excelsior College to bring you another Games Conference this August, and if you register by Tuesday July 5th, all CUNY members can attend for only $150. But you must register by next Tuesday night. See the full announcement below.


The CUNY Games Network Directors (Joe Bisz, Kathleen Offenholley, Rob Duncan, Carlos Hernandez, Julie A. S. Cassidy, Maura Smale, and Deborah Sturm).

Join the revolution!- and register for this Revolutionary Learning 2016 Inspiration and Collaboration through Games Conference, this August 17-19 2016 at the Roosevelt Hotel in midtown Manhattan, just up the road from the CUNY Graduate Center.

Participate in CUNY led sessions by Joe Bisz and Kathleen Offenholley (BMCC), Rob Duncan (York College), Deborah Sturm (Staten Island), as well as Lee Sheldon of The Multiplayer Classroom, Nick Fortugno from Parsons and Diner Dash fame, Dr. Michael Levine from Sesame Street Workshop, and a host of other speakers, including hands on sessions.
You will be able to participate in a small learning team and build your own onsite game to be pitched in the closing award ceremonies moderated by NYU professor and start designer Eric Zimmerman. Additionally, a Revolutionary New York Game Arcade will allow attendees time to play educational games, speak with designers, and see live demos from cutting edge independent companies incubated by three of the country’s top universities: NYU, RPI and RIT.Register by Tuesday at midnight for only $150 –a savings of $300! off the regular price–by contacting Conference Chair Dr. David Seelow, directly at his email (or calling 518-608-8242 if you cannot email).

Revolutionary Learning 2016 Conference Registration Still Open!




CUNY/SUNY faculty receive a discount. Register now for:


August 17-19

Roosevelt Hotel

New York City

Revolutionary Learning 2016 will bring together leaders from higher education, K-12, government, and the nonprofit and corporate world to showcase game-based innovation that is transforming learning in the 21st century.

Conference Program Information

Sessions include a dynamic mix of unrestricted panel discussions by renowned experts in assessment, research, and ethics; collaborative demonstrations of game-based classroom practices; space to create your own game-based learning activities, and numerous opportunities to network and collaborate in a fun, game-like atmosphere. Register now at

**CUNY/SUNY Discount**

CUNY/SUNY faculty and staff receive a 60% registration discount! Simply go to to register and enter CUNY or SUNY in the registration code field.

Unique Conference Features

  • A dynamic conference game that facilitates collaboration, networking, and creative thinking culminating in a nal, expertly judged conference presentation in the historic Grand Ballroom.
  • A Revolutionary Arcade room where attendees can test cutting edge learning games and network with designers.
  • A book exhibit to meet authors who will sign copies of their books.

Panel Discussions, Workshops & Demonstrations From:

  • Ian Livingstone
  • Clark Aldrich
  • Nicholas Fortungna
  • Lee Sheldon
  • Dr. Michael Levine
  • The Disruptive Media Lab
  • Dr. Rebecca Rufo-Tepper

Sample Sessions Include:

  • Who Says What’s “Educational”? The Role of Research in Learning Games: A Panel Discussion w/ Greg Toppo, USA Today
  • Code Create Collaborate
  • A Demonstration by Students and Teachers at the famousQuest to Learn School
  • Create Engaging Learning Experiences w/ Muzzy Lane Author
  • Using Interactive Fiction in the Classroom
  • Adventures in Collateral Learning: Two Post-Mortems
  • Dueling Games; Playing Games in STEM-What Kind of GamesWork Best?
  • Pro-Social Mobile Games, Community Activism, and MinorityYouth Empowerment
  • Shakespeare, Mandela-Pop Culture and Digital Games
  • Virtual Reality in Education
  • What’s Your Game Plan? Turn Any Idea Into a Game
  • Transforming Education Through Collaboration, Design and Play
  • Ethics in and Around Games, Learning and Life


Contact Conference Chair David Seelow for more information: