Free training on Microsoft game programming offered Nov. 22-23

October 14, 2010

Penn State faculty interested in using games for teaching and learning are invited to attend a free training session on Microsoft’s premier game programming language, XNA, on Nov. 22 or 23. The training, which will be led by a Microsoft representative, will take place in the Educational Gaming Commons Lab in 6A Findlay Commons in East Halls on the University Park campus.

New game development tools such as XNA can make it easier for faculty to produce simple educational games. The XNA game development platform runs on a Windows-based PC and can deliver games to both a Windows-based PC and the Microsoft Xbox 360 system. The platform also can deliver mobile games to the Windows 7 phone.

To register for one of the four session time slots, visit, click the "Register for Training" link, and select the "Seminars" button. From there, click the "Video and Animation" link in the right column and scroll down to the "Introduction to Microsoft Game Programming" sessions. Faculty from all campus locations are encouraged to attend and Information Technology Services (ITS) will pay travel and lodging expenses for those traveling from another campus. ITS is also working on the possibility of loaning an Xbox to faculty participants who plan to pursue investigation of XNA as a potential teaching tool. For any questions or to arrange funding for travel, e-mail

Last Updated October 14, 2010