This is an archive of the 2022-2023 University Catalog.
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This is an archive of the 2022-2023 University Catalog.
To access the most recent version, please visit



EDUC 201. R.A.I.S.E. (Resiliency, Action, Invest, Succeed and Enjoy) Your G.P.A. (1)

This interactive course is designed to help students strengthen learning habits, increase academic self-confidence and motivation, as well as the ability to set and achieve goals, with the aim of increasing academic persistence. This course is intended for students who are working to get off academic notice (formerly academic probation) and want to prevent disqualification. Additionally, this course will introduce students to the CSUN resources and programs available to support academic success. The course learning objectives will be accomplished with the use of proven learning principles, self-assessments, interactive exercises, hands on practice and weekly writing assignments.

EDUC 601. Introduction to Instructional Games and Simulations (3)

Students explore the role of games and simulations in education. Students also examine learning theories and practices that guide design and use of educational games. Students learn how to identify learning goals and methods in educational games as well as how to create a game design document that will include the outline and flow of the game, description of the game narrative, game characters, as well as game mechanics.

EDUC 602. Introduction to Game Scripting and Development (3)

Students will design and develop educational games using tools, resources and computing techniques available for programmers. They will develop software applications that implement effective instructional strategies. Students will be introduced to scripting languages, algorithms and programming techniques including re-usability of code, task management, simplicity and efficiency.

EDUC 603. Instructional Games and Simulations (3)

This course introduces practical educational game authoring techniques and applications. Students will investigate a variety of game interface and design creation engines for educational game design. Students will develop educational game prototypes to explore game mechanics and interaction.

EDUC 604. Assessing Learning from Educational Media (3)

Students will learn to assess the effectiveness of digital media for learning. They will learn how to measure student engagement and the growth of knowledge and skills in digital environments including games and simulations. Students will learn about data collection and analysis methods such as focus groups and log data analysis as well as more traditional assessment techniques.

EDUC 605. Instructional Games and Simulations Seminar (1-1-1)

This course provides students with experience in working with instructional games and simulations. Students will explore current trends and design processes guiding the design of instructional games and simulations. Students will create instructional games and simulations using educational game authoring techniques and be introduced to software development, programing, scripting languages and coding.