The Learning Through Play & Technology blog discusses the topics of education, technology related to education, and the improvement of the teaching and learning process by incorporating the elements of play. Learning is an inherently fun activity, so it follows that we learn best while playing. It’s no coincidence that technology that is fun to play with also facilitates good learning outcomes.
For the past three decades, Hap Aziz has been transforming learning through play as an educator, interactive experience designer, and learning technology visionary. Hap has worked extensively to invent new ways of providing compelling experiences in both physical and virtual learning spaces through the development of both commercial and educational games. Hap has partnered with dozens of colleges and universities to launch complete learning ecosystems, online academic programs, and professional development training that considers pedagogy through the lens of narrative, interactivity, and engagement.
Hap has served on the Board of the International Game Developers Association and was responsible for the merger between the Computer Game Developers Association and the International Game Developers Network. Hap launched the first game design degree program at Full Sail University, and he has designed, advised, and managed digital design, game, and technology programs at several higher education institutions. Valencia College’s first representative on the Florida Distance Learning Consortium, Hap currently serves as an advisor to MyColLife and MindEdge, two innovative education technology software companies. An accomplished speaker on education and play, Hap both presents at conferences and appears on television to discuss learning and technology topics of the day. Hap holds a BA degree in Computer Science from Rollins College, an M.Ed. from Nova Southeastern University, and he obtained his Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Florida.