Sheridan Professor, Dan Zen, wins Educator of the Year at the 2008 Canadian New Media Awards


Canadian New Media Awards - Dan Zen Educator of the Year

Canadian New Media Awards - Dan Zen Educator of the Year

Sheridan Professor, Dan Zen, was awarded the Educator of the Year at the 2008 Canadian New Media Awards in Toronto. Professor Zen has introduced pioneering curriculum in interactive surfaces, gesture technology, social Web applications, mobile tilt techniques and unique Adobe Flash code to hundreds of learners.

“As an Inventor, inventing ways to educate through creative curriculum has been an exciting challenge. It is an honour to help advance our culture and work with such dedicated students. Thank you to the CNMA and our industry for the recognition.” – Dan Zen.

Dan Zen with Presenter Sarah Diamond

Dan Zen with Presenter Sarah Diamond

Zen became Professor and Coordinator of Curriculum for the Sheridan Interactive Multimedia one-year post-grad program in Oakville Ontario in 2002 directly after being awarded the CNMA Programmer of the Year fortuitously presented by the Sheridan Director of Marketing.

“Our Interactive Multimedia Program’s blend of practical and creative design and development has helped graduates find rewarding careers in important positions of leading cultural companies such as CHUM, TVO, the Globe, ROM, and many of the hot agencies in Canada. Graduates are building sites and features for the Olympics, social networks and movie franchises.” explains Zen. “In the information age, these are the coolest jobs you can get and we need more talent! We encourage artists, designers, illustrators, animators, engineers, programmers, graduates of communication or marketing to consider this exciting career”.

Zen also teaches in Web technologies with the School of Applied Computing and Engineering Sciences and in gaming with the joint Sheridan / University of Toronto Cultural Communication and Information Technology Program. Additionally, Zen creates for his site of over 80 games and gadgets found at

About the Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Post Grad Program

The Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Program was formed in 1996 to educate learners in designing and building digital environments in which people can communicate and create content. This includes games and puzzles; tools and applications; artistic and experimental work; and simulations for education and entertainment. More information about the Program can be found at โ€“ please view the blog and Facebook links.

Interactive Crowd at CiRCA Night Club in Toronto

Interactive Crowd at CiRCA Night Club in Toronto

About the Canadian New Media Awards
The Canadian New Media Awards (CNMA) were established in 1999 to promote and celebrate excellence within the digital interactive industry. The Awards recognize the accomplishments and outstanding contributions made by Canadians working in this sector. Judges from across the country select 43 finalists and 14 winners from hundreds of entries. Each year, hundreds of business and new media professionals from across Canada gather to honour the country’s top talent, services and products at the Gala Awards Ceremony in November. For further information, visit

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10 Responses to “Sheridan Professor, Dan Zen, wins Educator of the Year at the 2008 Canadian New Media Awards”

  1. Timbot Says:

    Congratulations Dan!!

  2. the fan4 Says:


  3. Juan Cabrera Says:

    Looking forward to learn from you Dan…..God bless!

  4. Pranay Sharma Says:

    Congratulations Dan!!

  5. Jean Gillepie Says:

    First, congratulations on your recent award!

    I am part of a team that is looking to develop an educational gaming simulation for use by grade 7 to 10 students in Ontario schools. We would like to consider some of the recent gradfuates from your program to join our team.

    What would you suggest is the best way of identifying these capable and creative grads?

    • Dan Zen Says:

      Hi Jean,

      Thanks ๐Ÿ˜‰

      We have a place where we post positions and jobs to our grads. You can e-mail me a description and a contact address to post.

      I am at dan.zen [ a t ]

      Thanks for thinking of us


  6. Joe Says:

    Congrats on the award, nice accomplishment!

  7. LocustoAukcije Says:

    We are experimenting with a couple of technologies, the most promising so far is Unity framework. Very flexible stuff, gives you almost limitless possibilities, from exterior design to interactive objects.
    Also had a chance to play with flexing sensors fixed to a glove set up so you can play music by moving your fingers. The technology that is available today makes it almost too easy to be creative. ๐Ÿ™‚

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