This past weekend I had the pleasure of giving three talks at the Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria (DLTV) conference on behalf of The Academy of Interactive Entertainment.
The talks were fun. Both to put together and take part in.
I prepared three distinct talks, below is a brief overview.
A fresh look at VCE VET IDM
This was an in depth look at a curriculum currently in the works for the Victorian scored assessed VCE VET IDM course.
With a focus on:
- My process for developing a course
- Meeting the goals of both secondary schools, students and AIE
- How the coursework is designed to engage students in new ways
- Christina covered UOC integration
Interactive presentation for students:
Shawn Marinakis, Christina Lee and myself gave two interactive game presentations to high school and primary school aged students.
I put together the interactive tower defense game using the Unreal Engine 4. Assets/level’s are from Epic Games combined with my Blueprint Scripting assets to create the interactive portion of the presentation.
This was fun to create, we had the goal in mind that students could come up and play with the settings, which worked out well.
Interactive presentation for teachers:
Stepping away from the fun side of tweaking pre-made settings Christina and I were able to dig a little deeper into how the unreal engine and other industry standard technology can engage students to excel in so much more than just making games.
Exploring this technology with a range of secondary teachers was a fantastic chance to see how other people perceive technology how may not be aware or used to it. This is a topic i’d like to explore at a later time.
Students that have a chance to work with this technology are exposed to the requirement to develop key skills such as:
- Problem solving
- Critical thinking
By implementing these skills students get to create a fully playable game, it’s pretty cool and beneficial to the students in all walks of life.
Thank you to all the organisers of the event and I look forward to the next one!
Shawn Marinakis the Communications Coordinator for AIE Melbourne.
Christina Lee is the VETiS coordinator for AIE Melbourne.