For years, the Educational & Collaborative Technology Center (ECT) at Georgia Regents University has specialized in providing high-quality applications and e-books for the public. Now, one such application is receiving international attention.
The Hanyu app was recently selected as a finalist to be presented at the European Conference on Games-Based Learning (ECGBL) in Berlin. Designed by ECT in collaboration with Dr. Nai-Cheng Kuo, Assistant Professor of Special Education, and Tim Williams, Instructional Media Specialist, Hanyu is an introductory learning aid for Chinese language and culture.
Jeff Mastromonico, director of the ECT, said the app was an example of the benefits provided by consolidation.
“The great thing is that before consolidation, we had access to expert faculty in the fields of medicine with all these great ideas,” Mastromonico said. “Now, GRU offers us the opportunity to work with second-to-none faculty in education, business, the arts, humanities – Hanyu is a great example of that.”
Mastromonico said the team is excited to have their app recognized.
In addition to apps and learning aids, ECT also develops games and e-books. One of their e-books, a surgery prep guide for children at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia, gained local attention in 2013.
Although ECT makes it look easy, the process of developing apps is a complex one.
Mastromonico said his team usually begins work on an app after receiving an idea from a faculty or staff member. Then the center comes together as a team to determine whether or not the idea would make a good program. From there, the center moves forward by mapping a timeline with faculty and staff. With the right input faculty and staff, as well as regular content provisions, Mastromonico said the creation process can sometimes take as little as a month to complete.
Mastromonico and his team said they are especially pleased to see Hanyu, one of their larger projects, succeed.