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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.


Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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