The Wildlife Conservation Course
Since its inception in 2014, this annual two-week course has been training and nurturing future leaders in conservation. Participants learn a wide variety of research, analytical and communication skills. Over 120 early to mid-career biologists from 20 different countries in Asia have graduated from this course.
Directed and taught by Dr. Cedric Tan, this course uses serious educational games to help students understand concepts and apply their new-found knowledge in real time. Additionally, there is a theme and the real-life challenges immerse students into scenarios that inculcate leadership, teamwork and creative minds.
Research is conducted simultaneously during these courses, to examine the effects of games and other teaching tools. This helps support the use of innovative and effective teaching tools as well as improve the delivery of the course.
In 2019, the Wildlife Conservation Course has been hosted in the Philippines and the next course is due to take place in Rwanda, Africa. We are also moving completely online, enabling participants to have fun learning anytime and anywhere.
“I learned a lot, and had a lot of fun!” – WCC 2018 participant from Malaysia
“I thought that I was about to attend ‘just another course’. Boy was I wrong” – WCC 2017 participant from Indonesia
“Truly amazing and rigorous course” – WCC 2017 participant from Myanmar
Wildlife Conservation Course 2019 – Game of Thrones theme – Kigali, Rwanda
Wildlife Conservation Course 2019 – Game of Thrones theme – Philippines
Wildlife Conservation Course 2018 – A Magical Journey
Wildlife Conservation Course 2017 – Superheroes
Wildlife Conservation Course 2016 – A Murder Mystery
Video on the effects of game on conservation teaching