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Japan visits Sheridan Interactive Multimedia class of 2012 – Pictures!

October 19, 2011


Japan Visits Sheridan Interactive Multimedia

The Osaka University of Electro Communications students of Gaming and Media came to visit Sheridan and are pictured below hanging out with the Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Post Grad class of 2012.  We went on to show our Gesture technology – waiving our hands at the camera to control motion in the computer.  We showed how it was done and made working applications.

Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Visual Tour

July 2, 2011

Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Visual Tour
We used this picture as a visual tour for the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario to show them some of the works of our students.

For the presentation, we used a Flash AIR app called OrbitZoom (By Professor Dan Zen) to show the picture.  Being an AIR app, it works on the desktop as an image viewer or can easily be converted to mobile as AIR is on or can be published to iOS, Blackberry Playbook and future Blackberries, and Android devices.  There is a Web version CLICK HERE  Click the picture zoom and click the picture to stop zooming.  Press A for actual size – pan around by dragging.  Double click to return to full picture.

The Sheridan Interactive Multimedia one year post grad program is accepting applications for this September.  Please see our site at


S U P E R S T I T I O N – Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Open House

April 21, 2011


Friday the 13 at Function 13 at 13:00 hours!

Our IMM Post-grads will show their work with respect to:

* Flash Mobile for Android and iPhone
* JQuery for Mobile Web Apps
* Gesture Technology for Gesture Tek Cube
* FLAR Augmented Reality & Arduino
* Games, Apps, Sites, Social Media API’s and More!

Be there or be HEXED! #cc0000 #eeeeee #13aa00

Dan Zen

Professor, Coordinator of Curriculum and Industry Liaison
Sheridan Interactive Multimedia
Canadian New Media Educator of the Year 2008

Mad inventor meets Internet finds peace
Canadian New Media Awards Programmer of the Year 2002


Sheridan Interactive Work at the Ontario Premier’s Innovation Awards

April 20, 2009


Gesture interactive works developed by two groups of Sheridan Interactive Multimedia students are being displayed at the Ontario Premier’s Innovation Awards ceremony on May 15th at MaRS in Toronto.

The work will be projected on the floor and walls of the reception area and features gesture technology from Gesture Tek.  People will wave to interact with elements of our innovations. In one of the features, the names of the guests will be read from QR Code readers and placed on shapes such as atoms and wind. The letters of the name will then animate to gestures.


The projects are two of the Sheridan Interactive Multimedia one year post grad program’s client projects where the students work in groups with live clients. Another group is working with Infusion to create prototypes for multitouch tables like Microsoft Surface. Spy Films in Toronto is also working with a group to create an interactive video installation for their walls during their 15th anniversary of their famed Media Agency Party.


The Premier’s Innovation Awards was created to recognize and reward Ontario’s top researchers and innovators that are successfully turning global challenges into the next generation of jobs for the province.


There are three categories of Premier’s Innovation Awards:

The Premier’s Catalyst Awards help build a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in Ontario by recognizing excellence and leadership in innovation.

The Premier’s Discovery Awards celebrates the research excellence of Ontario’s most accomplished researchers.

The third category, the Premier’s Summit Award is administered by MaRS. This Award provides research support to a small number of outstanding medical researchers, helping attract them to or retain them in Ontario and enabling them to significantly expand their research programs.

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

November 21, 2008

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 – 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

Sheridan Professor Dan Zen Named As Finalist In 8th Annual Canadian New Media Awards

October 9, 2008

CNMA Educator of the Year Finalist

The industry’s most prominent advocates and entrepreneurs to be awarded on November 18th

Professor Dan Zen has been recognized as one of Canada’s new media leaders. Dan Zen is one of three finalists to be named “Educator of the Year” category of the 2008 Canadian New Media Awards (CNMA). A Canadian celebrity host will be joined by industry supporters on November 18, 2008 to celebrate and present 14 Pixel Awards at CiRCA in Toronto.


Inventor Dan Zen is a Professor and Industry Liaison for the Sheridan Interactive Multimedia one-year post-grad Program producing innovative graduates for the new media industry.

Dan Zen has been creating interactive multimedia since 1995 when he programmed the award winning Understanding McLuhan CD-ROM. He won the Canadian New Media Awards Programmer of the Year in 2002 for his site of social games, gadgets and communities at

Dan Zen continues to invent facebook applications, Adobe AIR features and tools such as Zen Mix, the vlogging tool for mixing video, pictures and interactive works with blend modes to make enhanced blog posts. Sci-fi stories told by people ages five to ninety-five, environmental messages such as Car Curling, and Psychedelic Dancing as Exercise making Dan Zen the number one psychedelic dancer in the world at are some of the features created using the Zen Mix tool.


Along with the basics, graduates should be taught how to produce culturally relevant projects at the forefront of technology. Over the summer, Dan Zen completely updated his curriculum to the new Adobe ActionScript 3 language. He created a compute spectrum class so learners could easily make use of new frequency analysis features to create visualizations affected by sound. He updated his industry-leading video motion cursor classes to let learners create Wii-like applications with just a Web cam and Flash CS3. He created the Falcon class to reduce fifteen complicated lines of code to just three so that design oriented learners could set up communication with databases and XML. He introduced PaperVision3D, APE Physics Engine, Adobe AIR and media server. These skills will keep the industry fresh and forward thinking.

To exemplify uses of the technology, Dan Zen provides his own work as well as student visits with multimedia pioneers such as Gesture Tek, mediated reality cyborg Steve Mann, award-winning David Rokeby, and visionary Bill Buxton.

Dan Zen scored a 94% in the college KPI (Key Performance Indicators) compared to the 76% average for the school of computing and 83% in the college as a whole. He won the ACAATO ETC Award for Innovative Teaching with Technology. He currently sits on the committee for assessing Sheridan’s learning management system and is preparing distance education curriculum for his program.

Dan Zen has encouraged his students to volunteer for FITC Flash and Design festival and many have gone on to take lead roles in production. Dan Zen regularly speaks at FITO the largest Flash user group where his topics range from Pecha Kucha talks on Focuso to representing education on industry panels. He judges for FITC and CNMA and prepared an interactive video installation for last year’s CNMA awards where a nerd sign (the event theme) followed people in the halls.

The blog that Dan Zen created and maintains consists of almost 100 posts about curriculum, student works, and industry events. These three example posts have had over a thousand views each: “Sample Flash AS3 Code to Help Designers and Developers Handle Data and Communication”, “Going From Flash ActionScript 3 to ActionScript 2”, “Examples of Adobe AIR Applications with ActionScript 3 Code Provided”. Posted student tutorial projects in Flash, AfterEffects and AIR have received over 10,000 industry views.

Following several student projects for the Government of Canada promoting Canadian Innovators, Dan Zen taught in China to maintain and bolster relationships in New Media between our countries. Sheridan Interactive Multimedia students and Dan Zen, on a voluntary basis, created a DVD for the Canadian Olympic Team of their training for the upcoming Olympic games. Dan Zen’s class regularly receives visits from the global new media community such as from Japan’s Osaka University of Electro Communications, the Arts Institute at Bournemouth in the UK and tours of Media from around the world reporting on the depth of the Canadian gaming industry.

The most important achievements can be measured by graduate success with Ryan Andal winning the Canadian New Media Programmer of the Year and John Iacoviello, the Flash Developer of the Year. Sheridan Interactive Multimedia grads infuse cultural establishments such as the ROM, TVO, CBC, CHUM, Globe and Mail, advertising agencies such as Fjord/Cossette where Jason Nussbaum is Technical Director and form integral parts of smaller interactive firms such as Indus Blue and Splash Works. Perhaps most rewarding of all is when the grads start their own companies like the three graduates who formed Jam3 a very successful up and coming interactive firm.


Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Facebook Page

August 14, 2008
Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Facebook Page

Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Facebook Page

Sheridan Interactive Multimedia has a new facebook Page.  The long-standing facebook IMM group is still active as a place for grads, students and professors to communicate as is the private IMM Job Group.

The facebook Page is primarily to promote the one year post grad college program to potential applicants in digital interactive media but will also act as a hub within facebook to read the blog postings and keep up with events.

2008 graduate testimonials for the program are listed on the facebook Page at right.  Graduates continue to be successful in finding excellent employment and feel that the IMM Program was instrumental in preparing them for the digital media industry.

Sheridan Interactive Multimedia is currently accepting applications for the Program.  If you are interested please visit our site at to find out more.  You are welcome to contact us – see our site for contact information.   If you know of others who would benefit or be interested in our program, please pass this information along.


International Students Encouraged to Apply to Sheridan Interactive Multimedia

August 5, 2008

SCAET Building - Home of Sheridan Interactive Multimedia

Center for Arts and Emerging Technologies – home of Interactive Multimedia

International students are encouraged to apply to the one year post-grad Sheridan Interactive Multimedia for multimedia design and development learning.

Please visit our institute’s International page for information about fees, the school and surrounding area in the Toronto region of Ontario, Canada. Centre.aspx

Here is a link to our Program page:

Below are some stories from International students in the past. Canada is rich in diverse cultures and our International students have found they fit right in and obtain a valuable education. It is a very positive cultural experience for them, the other students and faculty. We welcome you!

Man Kai Kit (Hong Kong)

My experience in the Sheridan Interactive Multimedia class…

I loved the atmosphere in IMM class, it was a fun space where you can pick what you love, focus and work on it. The instructors were supportive to what you are doing. I learned a lot of programming knowledge from the course – because I love multimedia programming.

My classmates were friendly and helpful to me as an international student (it was my first visit to north America). I loved working with them in the lab and hanging out, they are all very cool people. Writing up this paragraph, I am missing my school life now.

I really loved the Toronto environment and Oakville’s community – air is clean, people are really friendly. It is a great place!

Rodrigo Pluciennik (Brazil)

I always wanted to develop my computer skills. When I decided to come to Canada and take the Interactive Multimedia post graduated program at Sheridan College I had great expectations. Now, one year later, I can say my expectations were met. The teachers are high skilled professionals and they are always up to date with the new technologies on the market. The students come from all sorts of backgrounds and it makes a great learning environment. The class Infrastructure has the top technology on hardware and software. It is just the right place to learn about multimedia development.

Natalia Rojas (Columbia)

I have no words to describe how happy I am to have made the decision to go to Sheridan and complete the Interactive Multimedia post graduate program! The different courses offered and the projects I got to work on were not only interesting but very fun and exciting! I will never forget all the great people I got to meet and spend so much time with 😉 And thanks to our knowledgeable mentors who taught us so much and motivated us every second! What a great experience!! 🙂

Parampal Randhawa (India)

Interactive Multimedia at Sheridan College, Canada is a fascinating program with latest courses for today’s industry which will keep me updated with the trend. The always ready to help teachers, Dan, Andrew, and Ian make this program a success.

Sheridan is known for its reputation in Canada. I applied to two Ontario’s renowned colleges (Sheridan and Humber) and fortunately chosen by both. Even though Humber College was offering me $1000 scholarship, still I chose Sheridan College because even sitting away, half-way around the world I was familiar with Sheridan and its reputation.

Interactive multimedia is about learning how to code, producing visual design, editing and affecting video, making motion graphics, and creating interactive environments where you can control the interface or game without using any mouse or keyboard, but cameras by moving your body in front it. To know more about interactive environments you can visit my blog at .

My classmates are from different backgrounds like graphic design, programming, engineering, photography, medical science, commerce, finance, etc. It makes me wow when I mix my design and programming skills together to produce the result.

I think Sheridan is the perfect choice for me and I think you will also love it doing the Sheridan way. Good luck with your applications!!!

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