Learning Technologies Faculty Member Receives Waves of Innovation Grant

To improve the educational experience and make its operations more agile, efficient, and sustainable, Pepperdine University launched the Waves of Innovation competition in fall 2013. Faculty, staff, and students were invited to rethink Pepperdine and share their innovative ideas to help shape its future.

Winners were announced on January 15 and education adjunct faculty member Mark Chen was one of the six finalists to receive a grant to make his idea reality. His Center for Gameful Design was awarded an $82,800 grant. Chen’s proposal was also the audience favorite (audience members were able to text their votes), which netted him an additional $1,500.

“The competition was a fantastic opportunity to potentially establish Pepperdine as a leader in innovative games for social good and gameful learning initiatives,” Chen said. “I’m also happy that the audience was entertained by the rehearsed-to-death and carefully choreographed presentation!”

To view all the presentations, visit bit.ly/MarkChen.

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