Games for Change is an organization describing itself as the “leading global advocate for supporting and making games for social impact.” They will be hosting their 8th annual Games for Change Festival in New York City on June 20-22, 2011. Along with the festival announcement they’ve posted a call for content asking for, among other things, games for education. In particular, 5-7 games in progress will be highlighted and demoed for a panel of designers and funders. The

The University of Wisconsin–Madison is excited to announce the Games+Learning+Society (GLS) Conference 7.0 to be held June 15–17, 2011 at the Memorial Union located in the lakefront on the Madison campus. The GLS Conference is the premier event in the field of videogames and learning. Now in its seventh year, this grass roots “indie” event is evolving to include innovative content formats and new programming. Conference submissions are due March 7, 2011 and can be submitted

#IMSH2011 Tweet-Heads There were many highlights associated with the 2011  SSH International Meeting of Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH). The Website Task Force (Eric B. Bauman, Renee Pyburn, Aurel Mihai, John Rice, Katie, White, and Allan Barclay) were honored with a Presidential Citation for dedication and hard work in support of SSH web environment.  Also, the Website Task Force has officially been granted committee status.  Eric will remain chair and Renee will assume the position of vice-chair.  The

IMSH 2011 is officially closed for business.  I know this because I am at the airport waiting for my flight at the New Orleans Airport after having stuffed myself one last time at Mother’s.  Aurel and I would like to thank all of those who made the Serious Games and VE Track and Arcade possible.  A special thanks to my fellow Games+Learning+Society Alum’s (Ben DeVane, Jon Aleckson, and Moses Wolfenstein) and co-founder Kurt Squire for there participation and willingness to

Dare I say it? That went really well. We’re still awaiting feedback, but both of the early sessions drew good crowds and the arcade was absolutely packed. A great big thank you to everyone who spoke about serious gaming today, everyone who brought a game to the arcade, and everyone curious and brave enough to come check out the serious games track. If you didn’t get your fill of serious gaming goodness today there’s more to be had tomorrow at the

Join the Clinical Playground Crew for the IMSH Serious Games & VE Track Monday. 10:30 Games-Based Learning With Kurt Squire, Moses WolfenStein, and Ben DeVane of Games+Learning+Society (GLS ) fame. 1:30 Healthcare-Related Serious Games Development facilitated by Aurel Mihai including Parvati Dev (Innovation in Learning, Jon Aleckson (Web Couseworks and Academy Award Nominee), and Moses Wolfenstein (Academic CoLab and GLS) 3:30 Serious Games Arcade and Reception (5PM).  See the newest and latest innovations in games for healthcare and clinical education.  Meet the

Eric’s in back to back meetings today so you get updates from me instead! IMSH is humming right along. If you haven’t registered yet make sure you do it soon. The lines at the registration desk weren’t too long this morning, but as the first open sessions begin this afternoon and the last few stragglers come in tomorrow morning those lines are going to get pretty scary. Speaking of sessions opening this afternoon, did you realize that IMSH is a full

The SSH Consensus Summit was a lot of work but tremendously productive.  Various pre-conference workshops took place Saturday along with several SSH committee meetings.  IMSH 2011 speakers and attendees continue to arrive.  Ben DeVane (University of Florida – Gainesville) and Aurel Mihai both arrived today.   Aurel is a co-facilitator for the Serious Games Track. Ben will will be participating as a session respondent and staffing the first ever IMSH Serious Games Arcade .

The first day of the SSH Consensus Summit is over.  A phenomenal amount of work was accomplished on a variety of topic areas pertinent to the advancement of simulation-based research and education.  Monographs for ten topic areas have been written, tweaked, and revised based on panelists interpretation of the state of the simulation-based literature and participant interaction with panelists. This interaction and ensuing discussion has been an important collaborative step in the consensus process.  Day two of the consensus will

The IMSH 2011 Consensus is underway – standing room only.  The first session of presentations just concluded and has moved to breakout sessions.  The amount of interest for the Summit while not surprising seems to exceeded expectations.  This will make for lively discussion and provide insight for future research endeavors and agendas. All sorts of notable Society for Simulation in Healthcare notables and newcomers are participating in the summit.  Spotted this morning, Kim Leighton, Mary Patterson, Micheal Seropian, Jeff Taekman,