MSU Graduate Certificate in Serious Games: Now with Badges!

Posted on: October 13, 2015

Serious Game Certificate Badges

by Carrie Heeter, Professor

The MSU Graduate Certificate Program in Serious Games now comes with badges. You earn one badge for each of the three courses, as soon as you successfully complete the course. And you earn a composite badge when you complete all three courses and earn the certificate.

You can post the badges you earn directly on your personal web site and your linked page, with a link to this web page describing the badges and criteria. We also award the badges through Mozilla’s Backpack badge system.

Instructions on how to obtain the digital badge will be provided upon successful completion of each course. If you already completed a course or the certificate but did not receive instructions on how to claim your badges, contact Carrie (heeter@msu.edu).

In fall 2012, MSU launched our fully online graduate certificate program in serious game design and research. We were experienced online teachers and we were clear about what courses to offer and key concepts, skills, and theories that would provide a great foundation for serious game design.

I didn’t realize how amazing it would be to get to teach passionate, diverse, incredibly expert “students” from across the US and around the world.

  • Many are K-12 teachers or university professors.
  • Some are doctoral students.
  • They teach or study computer science or english or history or art or math or  education or HCI…
  • Some work in the game industry.
  • Some are corporate trainers.
  • Some work in Fortune 500 companies.
  • One designs exhibits for a science museum.
  • Another creates visitors experiences for fisheries and wildlife centers.

As the program enters its third year, we’ve learned a lot.

  • We’ve been fine tuning ways to encourage each learner to approach class assignments to optimize their personal learning goals.
  • We’ve been refining ways to connect classmates with each other so they benefit from each other’s ideas and experience.
  • We’ve refined assignments and approaches to ensure that our courses, along with being full of content and projects, are sensitive to busy professional’s lives.

Wizard CarrieSo, if you’re passionate and awesome and interested in learning more about designing and studying game to change the world, apply to our program. Find more information here. If you have questions, email me, Professor Carrie Heeter, heeter@msu.edu.

The deadline to apply for admission for Spring 2016 is November 15!

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