Associate Professor Ts. Tan Chin Ike


A Design graduate, Associate Professor Ts. Tan Chin Ike was involved in digital effects for many years before venturing into the academic world. In 2003, he embarked on a career changing move by taking his Masters and delving at the same time into Game Design at a renowned Game Development University in the UK.

In 2011, he joined UOW Malaysia KDU University College and subsequently establish the Bachelor of Game Development program there. A year later, he was given the privilege to establish MYGAMEDEV(EPP14), an Entry Point Project under the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) and the National Key Economic Area (NKEA) for Education. MYGAMEDEV is a strategic collaboration between educational institutions and the Malaysian Game Development Industry to build awareness and talents for the local Industry.

He has also contributed in other academic aspects of Game Development such as being appointed a panellist for the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) Industry-Academia Panel, an appointed panel of expert for the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) Program Standards for Creative Multimedia and curriculum advisory panel member for the Polytechnic Education Programme under the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia. He has recently also received his Professional Technologist credentials from the Malaysian Board of Technologist (MBOT) and been appointed as a Professional Evaluation Panel Member for MBOT.

PhD (Game-based Learning) University Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) (Present)

MSc. in Computing University of Teesside, Middlesbrough, UK (2005)

Diploma in Graphic Design Technology Limkokwing Institute of Creative Technology (1995)

Year Title
2019 IGI Global – Design, Motivation and Frameworks in Game-Based Learning
(Online Book) – Chapter 4, pages 93-122
Tan, C. I. (2019). Linking the Elements of Learning, Assessment, and Play Experience in a Validation Framework. In W. Tan (Ed.), Design, Motivation, and Frameworks in Game-Based Learning (pp. 93-122). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-6026-5.ch004
2016 10th European Conference for Games Based Learning 2016 (Lead Author)
University of the West, Paisley, Scotland

Tan, C. I., & Wong, C. Y. (2016, October). Validating the Efficacy of Serious Games for Teaching and Learning. In European Conference on Games Based Learning (p. 658). Academic Conferences International Limited.
2014 8th European Conference for Games Based Learning 2014 (Lead Author)
Berlin, Germany

Tan, C. I., Wong, Y. S., Lim, T. S. J., & Chong, W. S. (2014, October). The Link between Experiential Learning Using Games and the Dichotomy of the Psychological and Sociological Studies in Game Design. In European Conference on Games Based Learning (Vol. 2, p. 832). Academic Conferences International Limited. Chicago.


Research Projects  

Curation, design and setting up of a Game Development Information Section within the PENANG TECHDOME Science Centre.

Curation, design and setting up of a Game Development Information Section within the PENANG TECHDOME Science Centre (2016)

Tambora Gaming Experience Test – Research Consultancy Project
Tambora Systems Singapore Pte. Ltd. (2019)

Xie Keyang (2019 – completed)
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
Department of Cultural
and Religious Studies

Norah Khor Hui Yi (On-going)
UOW Malaysia KDU

Nabilah Zakaria Raihan (On-going)
UOW Malaysia KDU

Appointed Evaluation Committee Panel Member

  • Digital Content Grant (DCG)
  • Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)

Founding Chairperson

  • Game Development Council of Malaysia
  • Under the Academic Excellence Division,
  • Ministry of Higher Education

Assessor Panel and Curriculum Advisor

  • Kolej Komuniti Malaysia
  • Jabatan Pendidikan Politeknik dan Kolej Komuniti
  • Ministry of Higher Education

Appointed MQA Assessor Panel Member

  • Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA)

Appointed Academic Panel Member

  • Study Committee for Curriculum Review
  • Diploma in Game Design and Development
  • Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris


Appointed Professional Assessor Panel Member 

  • Malaysian Board of Technologist


IGI Global – (Book Reviewer) 

  • Design, Motivation and Frameworks in Game-Based Learning

Appointed MQA Assessor Panel Member 

  • Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA

Speaker/Presenter – Game Development in IHLs  

  • LEVEL UP KL Conference, Kuala Lumpur
  • Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)
  • Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, Malaysia


Editorial (Paper Review) Team 

  • 26th World Wide Web Conference (WWWGSIE2017)
  • Games, Simulations and Immersive Environment Track


  • UPSI Gamification Seminar and Exhibition 2016
  • Fakulti Seni, Komputeraan & Industry Kreatif (FSKIK)
  • Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris


Appointed Member 

  • MAC3 Fund Evaluation Committee (Game Development Projects)
  • Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation
  • Working Member – Fund Evaluation Committee
  • Content Malaysia Pitching Centre
  • National Film Development Corporation (FINAS)




  • Malaysian Higher Education Landscape for Game Development Education
  • Malaysian Developers Conference 2014 //bina/
  • Microsoft Malaysia



  • The Challenges and Opportunities for Growth for the Malaysian Game Development Ecosystem
  • Malaysia-Korea Game Industry Network Forum 2012
  • Korean Creative Content Agency (KOCCA)


Advisory Panel Committee Member 

  • Technical and Finance Committee / e-Content and Funding Monitoring
  • Ministry of Science, Innovation and Technology (MOSTI)

Appointed Panel of Expert 

  • Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA)
  • Programme Standards for Creative Multimedia