Welcome to NASAGA’s new home! We have been talking about updating our site for years, and it finally came to fruition thanks to Mark Chen. Take a look around to see our new format. Read some archived issues of SIMAGES (our former newsletter that’s now a blog), get to know our organization, and be sure to connect with us through social media. Our discussions will continue on LinkedIn and we’ll be more present on Twitter and Facebook.
I can’t believe it’s already been over a month since we left Bloomington. Thank you so much to Christy Cavanaugh and Thiagi for hosting an incredible time! We had over 30 newcomers join the intense and fun conference that so many of us return to every year. This year we held an Academic Poster and Expo session where we had presenters come from as close as Bloomington, IN and as far as India. There are some great research projects out there on simulation and gaming! Our concurrent sessions included engaging with escape rooms, learning objectives, systems design, social issues, using custom cards for quick teambuilding games (check out our NASAGA deck!), and more. You can take a look at the schedule on the 2016 Conference Website for further detail. Congratulations to Jon Spike on winning the Rising Star award! This award recognizes an excellent new presenter who furthers the NASAGA spirit. Jon presented a fun, competitive, and engaging session on building and using escape rooms in K-12 (and all) learning. We look forward to seeing more from Jon at upcoming conferences. Thank you to our keynote speakers- Matt Richter, Bernie DeKoven, and Thiagi for starting our mornings with energy. Thank you to all presenters for sharing your knowledge and inspiring our community.
The 2015-2016 year was busy with webinars, podcasts, local events, and a great conference. We hope to do more in this coming year, starting with our redesigned website. I encourage you to get involved! Host a local event, talk with us on a podcast, or write a post for the SIMAGES blog. I look forward to another year as Chair of this amazing organization. See you in Reno!