​​​​​January 31 & February 1, 2015
Central Michigan University - Powers Hall Ballroom

​Central Michigan University's Institute for​ Simulations and Games will host a two-day conference with guest facilitators from the Institute of Play, a not-for-profit design studio that pioneers new models of learning and engagement. Using games, play, and the principles that underlie them, they design experiences that make learning irresistible. Their first project was the design of the innovative New York City public school, Quest to Learn. 

During this conference, attendees will learn more about using games in the classroom, see examples of games​ that have been created by the Institute of Play, and create a game of their own to use in their own classes.

Online Registration

Faculty Registration

K-12 Teachers/Graduate Student Registration

Undergraduate Student Registration


Day 1 

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Warm-up game 
  • Overview of Institute of Play and Games and Learning 
  • Hands on design challenge: For example, modding musical chairs, with short playtesting session.
  • Mini-lesson on Parts of a game 
Gameplay /Modding Wrap up/Reflection 

Day 2

9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Warm-up game 
  • Mini-lesson on games and learning 
  • Game design challenge 


  • Playtesting
  • Wrap up/Reflection 

Conference Sponsors

The Institute of Play conference is sponsored by the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences, the College of Education and Human Services, and the Faculty Center for Innovative Teaching at Central Michigan University with support from the Ludus Project Grant.