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The NASAGA 2017 conference will be in Reno, Nevada, October 24-27!

The North American Simulation and Gaming Association (NASAGA) is THE home for instructional designers, game developers, performance improvement specialists, consultants, trainers, teachers, and educators who use active learning methods to increase engagement, enhance retention, and improve performance. The conference is an interactive experience! Breakout sessions let attendees brainstorm, collaborate, and play games with a focus on learning and improving results. Attend the conference to share your expertise, gain inspiration, experiment with a new idea, and meet one of the founders of the organization.

Bring a friend!

We are also rolling out a new referral program, so invite your colleagues and receive up to $100 off your own registration ($50 per referral, up to two times).

The schedule for NASAGA 2017 is up and ready to check out!

Closing Keynote Announcement: Kurt Squire of UCI!

NASAGA is pleased to announce that Dr. Kurt Squire from the University of California, Irvine will be joining us as the Closing Keynote for the 2017 conference in Reno, Nevada. Dr. Squire is the former Co-Director of the Games+Learning+Society Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a vocal proponent of and researcher into the use of games in educational settings.

Keynote Announcement: Lindsey Tropf of Immersed Games!

Lindsey Tropf, Co-founder & CEO of Immersed Games, was a doctoral candidate at the University of Florida in School Psychology, with a specialization in Program Evaluation and a Minor in Research & Evaluation Methodology, with expertise in data based decision making. Her background has led to expertise in teaching & learning, children’s development, social-emotional health, behavioral management, and executive functions.


Keynote Announcement: David Simkins of RIT!

David Simkins is an assistant professor of Game Design and Development at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He writes about, creates, and plays role playing games both digitally and face-to-face. His research and development work plays with the intersection of role play, ethics, and learning and in addition to his book, The Arts of LARP, his current projects include a world history curriculum for higher education leveraging live-action role playing (larp) as a tool for learning, with Jonathan Truitt, and a digital role playing game that teaches basic statistics concepts through play, with RIT’s MAGIC Studio and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.


Huge grats to Catherine Bacos for receiving the Richard Powers Scholarship, and to Erich Widemark for receiving the Judee Blohm Scholarship!

Each year, NASAGA holds an annual conference and awards scholarships for first-time attendees.


JudeeCollageJudee Blohm Scholarship

Judee Blohm was the backbone of NASAGA until her passing in July of 2013. She was long-time Editor of SIMAGES as well as Editor and facilitator of the NASAGA Training Activity book. She was an inspiration, a mentor, and a very creative person. The Judee Blohm award honors her life and dedication by providing free conference registration in her name to those who share her love of games and learning. This year, awards will be given in the amount of full conference registration.

richard_powersRichard Powers Scholarship

Richard Powers was a novelist, playwright, mime performer, professor, wide-ranging educator, and game designer. He was introduced to NASAGA simulation and gaming in 1975, when he stepped into a crowded elevator and was drawn into learning how to play a numbers game. Upon his passing March 2014, a fund was created in his honor and now provides NASAGA conference registration, travel, and lodging to those who share his interest in simulation and gaming as well as apply that interest to the fields of social justice and/or sustainability. Awards will be given in the amount of full conference registration and a stipend to be applied to travel and/or lodging.


Thank you for checking out what volunteer opportunities we have for the NASAGA 2017 conference in Reno, Nevada!

We have many volunteer roles that we are looking to fill, and we will be having regular planning meetings over the coming months.

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Donate to the Scholarship Auction!

821-AuctionStuffEvery year, NASAGA holds an auction (both live and silent) during its conference. This auction is important because it allows NASAGA to raise funds for the scholarship program, which increases participation in the conference by paying conference fees for scholarship winners. You can play a part in increasing conference participation by donating items to the 2017 auction. If you are unsure of what to donate, the following list of items are examples of made for previous conference auctions:

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Marketing & Sponsorship Opportunities

The North American Simulation and Gaming Association’s mission is to provide support and opportunities for learning professionals in North America, and around the world, who are dedicated to the design, implementation, and evaluation of games and simulations as training and educational interventions in order to improve the quality and availability of engaging learning experiences for all.

Please show your support for this worthwhile endeavor by sponsoring us in 2017! All donations are tax deductible.

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