January 2021


Monday, 01/11 - Online

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET

Scavenger Hunt, Get Your Avatar and Let's Innovate

Welcome and introductions with an overview of how this event will work and how to access the 3D World and other online tools.

Tuesday, 01/12 - Self-Paced

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET - Hosts Available

It's Game Time: Intro to Game Design

Overview of game design and using instructional and game goals to design a game. Identify a learning problem that will become the game you design.

Wednesday, 01/13 - Online

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET

LEGO Serious Play - Think, Build, and Share

Refine the learning problem by thinking with your hands, building metaphorical models, and sharing with storytelling. 

Thursday, 01/14 - Self-Paced

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET - Hosts Available

Play "Find the Mechanic"

Activity to begin helping with game mechanics and game rules to help learners tap into the strength of games for learning

Friday, 01/15 - Online

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET

What's Your Game Topic?

Game topic collaborative discussion, introduction to Visual Communication, and Skills activity in 3D World. 


Monday, 01/18 - Online

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET

Game Design and Mechanics

Focus on game mechanics and  begin to learn how to tie a learning objectives to the proper game mechanics.

Tuesday, 01/19 - Self-Paced

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET - Hosts Available

LEGO Serious Play - Strategizing game play

Using LEGO to visualize the learning problem as a game and begin design and prototyping approaches.

Wednesday, 01/20 - Online

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET

DIY Game Board Design

Using your DIY Game Board Design kit, begin to think about your game design, select game pieces, and exploring ideas.

Thursday, 01/21 - Self-Paced

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET - Hosts Available

Rapid Prototyping: Iterate and Iterate again!

From your board game design, begin to think about the process for designing a card game. Create the first draft of your game!

Friday, 01/22 - Online (optional)

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET

Share Your Game!

What works? What does not work? A collaborative show & tell discussion fostering suggestions and feedback from others.


Monday, 01/25 - Online

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET

Introduction to Visual Narrative Storytelling

Why are visual narratives and storytelling important in game design? Learn how visual literacy has a structure and grammar to tell your story with pictures.

Tuesday, 01/26 - Self-Paced

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET - Hosts Available

Play it Again, Sam! Rules and Play Testing

Prototyping the 2nd draft of building your card game and an activity in your game design worksheet

Wednesday, 01/27 - Online

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET

Comic Relief

A continuation of visual narratives and storytelling and introduction to creating a comic book as your game's rule book.

Thursday, 01/28 - Self-Paced

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET - Hosts Available

Can I Afford Game Affordances?

Continuing to refine and prototype to a 3rd draft of your card game by polishing the game play rules and the visual design of what your game will look like.

Friday, 01/29 - Online (optional)

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET

Play a Game. Any Game!

Can't be a master game designer if you don't play games! Play with friends or family. Or, your hosts will choose a super secret game and you can play with us virtually!


Monday, 02/01 - Online

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET

Let Me Tell You a Story

Storytelling activity on how to apply visual thinking applied to the game instructions and rules in the from of a comic book.

Tuesday, 02/02 - Self-Paced

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET - Hosts Available

Refine Final Story and Game

Tying it all together with your card game design, story design, and instructions and rules into a 4th draft for production.

Wednesday, 02/03 - Online

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET

Game Shoot-off Winner!

Virtual 3D Escape Room activity. Winner of the virtual escape room receives a super secret prize! Final preparations to demo and share your final draft.

Thursday, 02/04 - Self-Paced

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET - Hosts Available

Tidying Up

Finalizing all your card game design assets including instructions for final production and printing.

Friday, 02/05 - Online (optional)

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET

Show & Tell and Wrap Up 

Our final time together showing and sharing all your fantastic card games, finalizing production requirements, and sending you off as newly minted game masters!


Step Away is a loosely structured event designed to unplug from the daily noise and be immersed in an atmosphere where creativity and play intersect!

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