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DIS:E - An Overview

the Virtual PolicyNetwork in conjunction with The Edinburgh Interactive Festival and the University of Edinburgh presents the second Digital Interactive Symposium: Edinburgh (DIS:E).

When: August 12, 2008: 14:00 - 17:30
Where: Edinburgh Intenational Conference Center

This year's symposium will be co-located with the Edinburgh Interactive Festival at the prestigious Edinburgh International Conference Center.

The focus of this year’s Digital Interactive Symposium: Edinburgh (DIS:E) – August 12^th 2008 is education for the computer games industry.

The issue of educational support for the games industry is a hot topic at the moment, especially in Scotland. In April 2008 the Scottish government controversially announced that schoolchildren are to be taught the basics of video game design as part of the country’s new national curriculum - dubbed the 'Curriculum of Excellence'.
In the face of the UK’s dwindling numbers of maths, computing and engineering graduates the country’s two computer games industry trade bodies TIGA (The Independent Games Developers Association) and Elspa (Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association) have joined forced to announce the /Games Up?/ campaign. Through /Games Up? /The industry has highlighted the need to improve education for the sector; ease skills shortages; and promote workforce diversity.

In response to the growing popularity of computer games both as a pastime and as career path a number of universities around the UK are now offering game development courses, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level. The methods and emphasises of these courses however vary widely. Skillset offers an accreditation for game development courses, but only four courses so far have this accreditation. Many academic institutions also question the value and meaning of such an accreditation.

The Digital Interactive Symposium: Edinburgh will bring industry and education together to debate best approaches to these challenging problems which face one of the UK’s most successful sectors. The symposium will address issues such as:

This year's keynote speaker is: Professor Richard Bartle.


Welcome: Hanna Sommerseth (University of Edinburgh)

Richard Bartle (University of Essex)

Games and Academia: A rant

Coffee break

Austin Tate & Ai Austin (University of Edinburgh)
Innovative Education using Virtual Worlds

Eyjólfur Guđmundsson (CCP / EvE Online)
A Developer's perspective

Coffee break

Gianna Cassidy (Glasgow Caledonian University)
Music, games and industry

Roundtable discussion

Wrap up


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