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Festival of Dangerous Ideas: Learning Through Gaming

Thursday 20 June 2013 (1000-1600)

Dundee and Angus College - Gardyne Campus
Gardyne Road
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This is a free event.


The use of technology-mediated gaming in education is not a new phenomenon. However, in recent times, it has become embedded in a range of learning experiences across educational contexts.

Access to technology in schools, colleges and universities has evolved considerably providing the technical infrastructure for learners to engage with complex gaming environments.  These gaming environments are accessible at any time and from any location and unlike more formal pedagogical approaches are more likely to accessed outwith institutional environments.

Educational games are inherently engaging for learners, can present a variety of novel and immersive environments, have varying degrees of complexity and clearly reward success. It has even been suggested, by some commentators, that technology-mediated games can, in some contexts, offer an enhanced learning experience that some more traditional pedagogical approaches cannot achieve.

This event will consider the current and developing context of games in education and how education can embrace the potential for these environments.  As part of the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, participants at the event are encouraged be as ‘dangerous' as possible in considering how gaming can influence pedagogy and encourage greater engagement with learning.

Speakers include Chris van der Kuyl of brightsolid, Derek Robertson of Education Scotland and David Renton of Reid Kerr College.


  • to stimulate debate and discussion on how gaming and associated technologies can support effective learning and teaching 
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Gerry Dougan Phone: 01786 892107
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Katrina Blair Phone: 01786 892042

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