Revolutionary Learning 2015: Using Games and Simulations to Solve Critical Issues in Public Health

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Fourth annual Excelsior College gaming and simulation symposium to bring together top minds in public health and educational technology.

Center for Game and Simulation-Based Learning at Excelsior College
Our goal is to promote dialogue, planning, and critical thinking on new game and simulation-based strategies to solve persistent and pressing public health issues.

On May 20, the Center for Game and Simulation-Based Learning at Excelsior College will host Revolutionary Learning 2015, a symposium exploring the use of digital games and simulations to solve contemporary public health issues like diabetes, drug addiction, and veteran health care.

The one-day conference, to be held at the Renaissance Washington in Washington, DC, will include a variety of presentations, hands-on workshops, and exhibits by many of America’s top contemporary game and simulation companies, designers, educators, and public health experts. Topics to be explored include:

  • using interactive narratives to stimulate positive changes in attitudes and behavior,
  • leveraging games, simulations and analytics within a variety of learning contexts,
  • using virtual worlds to combat and cope with chronic illnesses like diabetes,
  • building virtual health care campuses for veterans,
  • training health care providers via immersive learning simulations on preventative health and shared-decision making, and
  • creative problem solving in public health (workshop).

The keynote address will be presented by Sharon Sloane, president and CEO, WILL Interactive. The complete presenter roll includes:

  • Randy Brown, vice president, director, Virtual Heroes, a Division of Applied Research Associates, Inc.
  • Manny Dominguez, PhD, deputy chief learning officer (DCLO), Veterans Health Administration, Employee Education System (EES)
  • Lindsay Grace, director, Game Lab and Studio, American University
  • Linda Harris, PhD, senior health communication and eHealth advisor to the deputy assistant secretary for health, disease prevention and health promotion and director of the Division of Health Communication in the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, HHS
  • Elizabeth Holmes, PhD, CAPT., USN (Ret.) ABPP MSC, senior fellow and former director of Assessment at the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the US Naval Academy
  • Lynn Fiellin, MD, associate professor of medicine, and founder and director, Play2PREVENT, Yale University
  • Scott Martin, PhD, assistant dean, technology, research and advancement, and associate professor, College of Visual and Performing Arts, and founding director of the Computer Game Design program, George Mason University
  • Lyn McCall, chief operating officer, WILL Interactive
  • Mark Milliron, PhD, chief learning officer, Civitas Learning
  • Richard Riegelman, MD, PhD, professor of epidemiology-biostatistics, medicine, and health policy, George Washington University Medical Center
  • Akhila Satish, founder, CyberDoctor
  • Lee Sheldon, associate professor, Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Don Wright, MD, MPH, deputy assistant secretary for health and human services, and director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), HHS

For more information on the event or to register, visit the official event page. For updates, follow #RevLearning2015. Connect with fellow attendees, presenters, and other industry leaders before and after the event by joining the official LinkedIn group, Gaming in Education (Excelsior College).

What: Revolutionary Learning 2015: Using Games and Simulations to Solve Critical Issues in Public Health, presented by the Center for Game and Simulation-Based Learning at Excelsior College
Who: Game and simulation designers, educational technologists, educators, public health experts

Where: Renaissance Washington, 999 9th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20001

When: May 20, 7:30 am – 6:30 pm

Why: To learn how games and simulations can solve contemporary public health challenges

Cost: $175, includes breakfast, lunch, and evening reception


Excelsior College
Excelsior College is a regionally accredited, nonprofit distance learning institution that focuses on removing obstacles to the educational goals of adult learners. Founded in 1971 and located in Albany, New York, Excelsior is a proven leader in the assessment and validation of student knowledge. It offers more efficient and affordable access to degree completion through multiple avenues: its own online courses and college-level proficiency examinations, and the acceptance in transfer of credit from other colleges and universities as well as recognized corporate and military training programs. Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

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