Learning from games

Oliver Quinlan

Oliver is a Lecturer in Education at Plymouth University. Mixing previous experience of music production and IT support with influences from Early Years education, he previously taught in a primary school developing practice around independent learning and new technologies.

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The use of computer games in schools has received much attention in the last few years, and stirred up some controversy. However, games have been a part of learning for a long time, and there is much interesting research to support this. Some time ago I attempted a survey of the use of computer games in education for my third year BEd module on cross curricular uses of ICT.

From learning through play, to the loose movement of ‘Games Based Learning’ and ‘Gamification’, as well as recent insights from Neuroeducational research, this lecture seeks to give an overview of the current state of learning from games.

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