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Introduction to Game DesignCOMPLETE
Games are increasingly recognized as a tool that can serve many business purposes beyond entertainment. This course provides a general introduction to what goes into the design and development of both video and analog games, with a particular focus on the use of games outside of consumer entertainment. By completing this course, you can take the first steps into understanding game design and how it can be applied in your field.
One-month course April 1 – 26 / Average hours 16
Unit 1 – What Makes a Game?
- Practical Definition for Game
- The Anatomy of a Game
- Games and Play
- Different Types of Games
Unit 2 – Essentials of Design
- Getting Beyond a Game Idea
- Game Verbs and Game Mechanics
- Test Early, Test Often
Unit 3 – Game Design: Solo and in Teams
- Defining Development Needs
- Roles in Game Design
- Finding Design and Development Partners
Unit 4 – Serious Games & Gamification
- Games Beyond Entertainment
- Designing “Serious” Games
- Designing Gamification Systems
The objectives of this course are to enable learners to:
- Classify games in terms of technical requirements and genre
- Identify the mechanics and verbs used in different games
- Understand the different roles required in the development of a video game
- Differentiate between Games and Gamification
- Discover resources for developing a deeper understanding of game design
At the end of the course, you will:
- Possess a basic understanding of the different activities that are part of game design
- Know how to approach fleshing out a game idea in order to increase the chances to having a successful game design experience
- Have a basic understanding of how to work with game developers
- Know what gamification is and why people are talking about it
About online learning
Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends. It’s easy. It’s fun.
How the Course Works
It is easy to participate in your online course. After you register, you will be given a web address to go to get into your online classroom. You will have a password and use your email address and password to gain access. Once inside the online classroom, here’s what you can expect.
Participate when you want
You can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are no live real-time requirements or meetings. You decide when you participate. For the best learning, participants should log into the course on 2-3 different days of the week.
What you will do
For each Unit, you will:
- Read the print readings (about 20 pages a week)
- Have the option of accessing the online readings
- Listen to the audio presentation for the Unit and view the slides
- Have the option of taking a self-quiz to see how much you have learned
- Engage in written online discussion with your instructor and other participants
For best learning, you should make one or more comments at 2-3 different times each week. The content (readings, audio lectures, slides) and self quizzes are accessible for the entire course, so you can work ahead, or go back and review again, at your convenience.
- The Discussion for each Unit lasts one week. All comments are made in writing and can be made at any time of the day or night.
- Your instructor will log into the Discussion area at least once a day and answer questions, make comments, and respond to comments by you and the other participants.
- We encourage you to make 2-3 comments each week to maximize your learning and enjoyment of the course.
- Please provide a separate cheque or money order for each course.
- Confirmation’s will be emailed at the time of registration.
- Full refunds will be issued for courses cancelled by Louis Riel School Division Continuing Education.
- Refunds are issued for cancellations made at the request of the registrant up to seven days prior to the start date of the course and are subject to a $10 administration fee. Refunds will NOT be granted for cancellations made fewer than seven days prior to the course start date.
Please contact the Louis Riel School Division Continuing Education at (204)237-8130 or email@example.com for more info.