Faculty Members Attend Industry Conferences in California and Virginia

Full Sail faculty members were on the move this month, with two groups attending two separate conferences on either side of the country. They each had the same goal in mind: to bring back useful information to incorporate into the Full Sail curriculum.

Mobile Development Program Manager Joe DeSetto, Web Design & Development Department Chair Rick Osborne, and Design & Technology Education Director Bill Galbreath were in San Francisco last week for the first-ever Mobile Gaming USA Conference, an industry wide meet-up for the members of the fasting growing sector of the gaming industry. The group attended several panels, including one led by consultant Karlo Icaza on HTML5, one on how to take your game global, and one on cross-platform development, which is a topic that is being developed as a future course for the Mobile Development program.

“Besides taking ideas from the panel, it’s great to go to these to meet industry contacts,” said Joe. “It’s nice to have the ability to call on people that are pretty high up in mobile gaming and ask them for their opinions on matters that involve our students.”

Meanwhile, Faculty Affairs & Development Director Angelique Smith and teams from the Academic Services and Academic Innovation departments were in Arlington, Virginia, earlier this month for the Learning & the Brain: Web-Connected Minds Conference. The three-day think tank session included presentations from researchers and scientists who have studied the brain to determine what educators need to do to update curriculums in the multimedia-centric day and age of the “digital brain.”

“It was really interesting to hear scientists talk to educators about how we can improve our educational environment,” said Angelique. “Academic Innovation is writing the systems we use to teach our students [at Full Sail], so they’re using a lot of what they’re getting at these conferences to develop the custom systems created here.”