GameLab: Training Game Developers to Work in Modeling, Simulation, & Training

GameLab: Training Game Developers to Work in Modeling, Simulation, & Training

Erik Sand, Director, Strategic Partnerships, UCF/FIEA; Tom Carbone, Technical Director, UCF/FIEATrack 3 HIGHER ED

Erik Sand
Director, Strategic Partnerships
UCF/FIEA
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Tom Carbone
Technical Director
UCF/FIEA
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The development of a workforce to support the future needs of modeling, simulation, and training (MS&T) is becoming more difficult as the needs of the industry become more sophisticated and the technology used to satisfy those needs more advanced. Technologists are teaming with experts to combine best-of-class development methodologies with deep domain knowledge to develop sophisticated and useful solutions for complex problems. This is especially true as more gamification and game-based technologies are being used to support sophisticated MS&T solutions. Students earning degrees in game development and interactive technologies understand the domain of creating games designed for entertainment but are less familiar with the goals of MS&T, in spite of the fact that there is a significant demand for their skills in the area. In response to this, University of Central Florida has developed a course and has begun to modify the curriculum within its award-winning graduate-level game design course that directly supports this need. This paper candidly discusses the program’s evolving journey in creating this curriculum and the unique challenges faced with incorporating outside subject matter experts into the classroom, examines what factors lead to success and failure of projects, and our roadmap for future modification of the curriculum.

Attendees will learn that there are specific curriculums within academia to support the evolving needs of modeling, simulation, and training industry as it applies more game based and interactive technologies its products. An attendee will also learn how involved it is to develop curriculum to support this need and some of the success and failures UCF/FIEA has had in this undertaking.

Thu 12:00 am - 12:00 am
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