Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Pearson's Hospitality & Tourism Interactive (HTi) Wins the CODiE Award for Best Education Game or Simulation

NEW YORK, July 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Hospitality and Tourism Interactive (HTi) has been named the Best Education Game or Simulation at the Software & Information Industry Association's (SIIA) 2011 CODiE™ Awards, one of the software industry's most prestigious honors.

Developed in collaboration with multimedia development company All Things Media LLC, HTi is the first-ever comprehensive multimedia resource that provides students with a media-rich overview of various careers paths within the hospitality Industry.

HTi uses the fictional, animated "Little Wolf Island" as a microcosm of the hospitality industry, with different locations on the island representing various sectors of hospitality including: Hotels, Fine Dining, Casual Dining, Buffets, Bars, Sports Arenas, Casinos, Theme Parks, Golf Clubs, Cruise Ships, Spas, Ecotourism, Marketing/HR and Event Planning.

Students use their computer's mouse to enter virtual locations around the island to learn about all aspects of each hospitality sector. HTi combines learning modules, skill- based simulation activities, assignable and gradable homework and review materials — all within an engaging and interactive graphic interface.

"Building an entire 3D world was a daunting task, but it truly was a labor of love. Our 3D team, combined with our animators, programmers and editors, are some of the best in the business and they each put a little of themselves into this product, the CODiE Award just confirms that," said Ben Spierenburg, All Things Media project manager.

In 2008 All Things Media created its first e-leaning multimedia experience for Pearson, which was called Criminal Justice Interactive, or CJI.

The CODiE Awards have honored the software and information industry's finest products and services since 1986. Nominated products underwent intensive review by subject matter experts with deep expertise in education technology. SIIA, the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, selected 30 winners from 113 CODiE Award finalists. Finalists were drawn from more than 425 nominations.

CODiE's Best Education Game or Simulation category recognizes the best application designed for students that uses entertaining or scenarios that imitate real-life environments to educate students. This solution can be an instructional, diagnostic, or assessment tool designed for students or instructional/administrative leaders.

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