Excelsior College and Muzzy Lane have announced an agreement that will integrate gaming and advanced simulations in up to five Excelsior courses over the coming year.
The agreement between Excelsior and Muzzy Lane, a recognized leader in the educational gaming space, is part of the College’s strategic effort to integrate game-based learning across the curriculum. Muzzy Lane’s game-based tools, funded in part by a Bill and Melinda Gates research grant, are designed to increase engagement among post-traditional learners and the course material.
Five courses have been targeted for initial integration in phase one of Excelsior’s game-based learning pilot project, including the School of Public Service’s Master of Public Administration capstone and individual electives within Business and Technology, Health Sciences, and the Liberal Arts.
“Muzzy Lane is honored to work with Excelsior College to serve a growing adult student population, many whom are accustomed to game and simulation-based learning as part of their training in the military, health, and other professions,” said Muzzy Lane President and CEO, Conall Ryan.
Excelsior is home to 38,000 adult students, average age 37 years, many balancing their academics with home, work, and civic responsibilities. More than 14,000 students are active duty or veteran status and 34 percent self-identify as minority.
“This could be the model for most eLearning capstone experiences,” said Jennifer McVay-Dyche, PhD, assistant vice president for online education at Excelsior. “What better way to make sure learners have acquired the essential skills and knowledge from a degree program than to place them in real-world scenarios within a ‘safe’ environment?”
Excelsior administrators anticipate one course, on the history of WWI, to prove quite popular once game-based integration is complete.
“These games and simulations will allow students to experience the major decision points and take part in the strategy sessions that helped define World War I as if they were actually there,” said Mary Berkery, PhD, a history faculty program director in the School of Liberal Arts.