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Syllabus News Update for Tuesday, May 18, 2004

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News for Tuesday, May 18, 2004

* Electronic Game Development Bachelor’s Degree Offered
* Firms to Offer Video Game Version of “March Madness”
* New Product: Firm Develops History Simulation for Higher Ed
* Deals: Macromedia Offers Higher Ed Web Tools Site License
* Deals: Calgary Licenses Engineering & Product Design Software

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Electronic Game Development Bachelor’s Degree Offered

Champlain College will offer a bachelor’s degree in Electronic Game and
Interactive Development this fall, the four-year, career-oriented,
Vermont school announced. Students will learn to work in development
teams composed of artists, animators, game designers, marketers,
producers and computer programmers to create a game from start to finish.
While they get their hands on state-of- the-art technology resources --
including multimedia, 3D animation and game production labs -- they will
also study psychology and history and they'll sharpen their research,
writing and storytelling skills to prepare for their careers.

"I think of game development as being like the extreme sports of software
development," said Clint Hocking, a program advisor who is creative
director at Ubisoft Entertainment in Montreal. "It's a real thrill to
be involved in trying to solve so many complex technical and creative
problems in an aesthetically pleasing way -- under tight deadlines."

Students in Champlain's program will choose from two career tracks --
Game Design or Art and Animation. The career path for a Game Design
student includes game tester, level designer, interface designer, lead
game designer and director of game design. The Art and Animation student
can find a career as a 2D artist, 3D artist, animator, modeler, texture
artist, character animator or skins artist, leading to lead artist or
creative director, lead animator or lead concept artist.

Champlain College is a private institution with 1,600 full-time students.

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HP Mobility and Wireless: Creating a Revolution in Learning

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campus in this new Syllabus micro site sponsored by HP.
Articles, case studies, resources, tech talks and peer forums
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Firms to Offer Video Game Version of “March Madness”

Two College entertainment firms said they would launch the 2004 Video
Sports College Challenge (Vs2C), a nationwide two-month college
tournament to crown of the top college in video game play.

Two firms, mtvU, a 24-hour college network, and the Global Gaming
League, said the four-week online tournament ladder competition would
begin this fall. Students at any of the 720 campuses that receive the
mtvU feed are eligible.

"On-air, online and on-campus, we will highlight the student stars and
the great rivalries between colleges,” said Stephen Friedman, GM of mtvU.

MtvU, a unit of MTV parent Viacom International, broadcasts to over 720
colleges and calls itself the most comprehensive television network just
for college students. The Global Gaming League said it is an unbiased
governing body that stages high-quality video gaming competitions online
through a proprietary Website and live, as well as manages and promotes
elite players.

New Product: Firm Develops History Simulation for Higher Ed

Education software development firm Muzzy Lane has released a
history-learning program for university students based on a multi-user
game format. “Making History” enables groups of students to assume the
roles of world leaders interacting with one another in defining periods
of history, and poses the question: ‘could you have done better?’

Muzzy Lane describes the program as a simulation engine that allows
teachers to adapt the content and mechanics to meet their teaching needs.
The software uses artificial intelligence to resolve the decisions made
by the students/world leaders during each turn in game play, and provides
a constantly updated composite picture of how each country is faring as
the game progresses.

"The goal is to develop students' critical thinking skills," said Nick
deKanter, vice president of business development for Muzzy Lane. "Every
teacher we know aspires to create dialogue with and among students so
they can think through situations and accept responsibility for the

Syllabus2004: Informing Campus Technology Leadership

Syllabus2004, the 11th annual conference on technology for
higher education provides a week of learning and exploration
with specific programming for top-level executives and managers
responsible for business and administrative systems. Tracks on
strategic planning, administrative issues, new technologies and
trends will examine the challenges and issues you face every day.
Join your peers in San Francisco and on the campus of UC Berkeley
July 18-22.

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Deals: Calgary Licenses Engineering & Product Design Software

The Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at the
University of Calgary purchased 200 university-wide licenses of
SolidWorks Education Edition 3-D mechanical design for its mechanical
and manufacturing engineering students. Students use the software to
design an array of products, from pepper grinders to complex racing cars
for Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) student competitions.

The license of SolidWorks comes with 50 licenses of Cosmos design
analysis software so students can test their designs for structural
strength and interferences prior to production. Most students use
CosmosWorks design analysis software or Cosmos Motion simulation and
kinematics software, and half of the students use both tools for the
final design projects of a computer-aided design (CAD) course, according
to Dr. Deyi Xue, associate professor of the university's department of
mechanical and manufacturing engineering.

Deals: Macromedia Offers Higher Ed Web Tools Site License

Web software tool developer Macromedia said it would make a site license
for tools designed to enable faculty members to use Web technology in
teaching, collaboration, and research. The Macromedia Contribute Higher
Education Site License would include a one-year, department-wide site
license for Macromedia Contribute 2; five perpetual licenses of Studio
MX 2004 with Flash Professional, digital learning assets, and professional
development resources.

Macromedia Contribute 2 is a tool that allows non-technical faculty and
staff to update Web content and share class lectures, projects, and
research online while maintaining site standards for style, layout, and
code. Studio MX 2004 with Flash Professional enables campus Web
professionals to create templates that can be used by faculty and staff
members with Contribute.

Macromedia said pricing starts at $17 per FTE (full-time equivalent
employee) based on volume of at least 100 FTEs.

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