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Chris Satchell spoke about the challenges facing subjects such as computer science and engineering, such as falling enrollment and declining public awareness of their applications.

He went on to talk about XNA as a way of making parts of Computer Science more accessible to students.

For more information on Games:EDU, visit:
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  • 05/27/09 10:07
  • Pixel-Lab / Games:EDU / Chris Satchell / XNA and Academia

    1. 1. XNA and Academia Partnership & Innovation through gaming in Academia Chris Satchell General Manager XNA Microsoft Corporation
    2. 2. INTRO VIDEO
    3. 3. How Are We Doing Globally? <ul><li>Curricula, tools and technology in academia lags behind the industry </li></ul><ul><li>Enrollment in Engineering and Sciences continue to decline </li></ul><ul><li>Retaining students grows increasingly challenging </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness in the uses of Engineering and Sciences is growing worse </li></ul>
    4. 4. Democratizing Game Development
    5. 5. Community Created Games
    6. 6. Academic Launch Partners
    7. 7. XNA Academic Program <ul><li>Broad partnership with academics and industry professionals </li></ul><ul><li>Deep partnership with select universities to author and share gaming curriculum and resources </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration with textbook publishers and authors in providing textbooks on XNA </li></ul><ul><li>Access to XNA Creators Club licenses for institutions with MSDN AA </li></ul><ul><li>Resources for Microsoft Student Partners to conduct campus training and events </li></ul>
    8. 8. Examples of Use in Academia <ul><li>SMU Guildhall </li></ul><ul><li>2D Platformer Starter Kit as basis for new cohorts </li></ul><ul><li>Built on top of Torque X and XNA </li></ul><ul><li>Rochester Institute of Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Game prototyping using XNA Game Studio Express </li></ul><ul><li>Full computer lab of 36 Xbox 360s </li></ul><ul><li>Daniel Webster College </li></ul><ul><li>Game Development course using XNA </li></ul>
    9. 9. XNA Creators Club Online <ul><li>Single best online community and resource for everything XNA Game Studio related </li></ul><ul><li>Growing library of content monthly </li></ul><ul><li>Exclusive 3 rd party partner offerings and promotions </li></ul>
    10. 10. An Engaging Educational Platform Game Design Multi-Thread/Multi-Core 3D Graphics GPU-based Approaches Shaders New Game Types AI Automata
    11. 12. Retail Games Also Using XNA GSE Schizoid by Torpex Games
    12. 13. In Summary <ul><li>Challenge ourselves </li></ul><ul><li>Download and take XNA Game Studio Express for a spin </li></ul><ul><li>Try it in part of your course </li></ul><ul><li>Give us feedback ( [email_address] ) </li></ul>
    13. 14. Ready to Kick Its Tires? <ul><li>Head on over to http://creators.xna.com and download XNA Game Studio Express today </li></ul><ul><li>Contact Andrew Sithers ( [email_address] ) </li></ul><ul><li>Locate and work with your Microsoft Student Partner </li></ul>
    14. 15. Additional Information & Resources XNA Creators Club Online http://creators.xna.com

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