Friday, 18 March 2011

Game to Learn conference

Today and tomorrow, I am attending the  Game to Learn Conference organised by Jisc. In fact, it's a three day conference, but yesterday's event was for "code-bashers". The agenda for today and tomorrow is more accessible to the non-programmer.

Today's event is being held at Dundee College. SQA is directly involved in two workshops - one relating to our Gamespace project and one related to the NPAs in Computer Games Development. Colin Maxwell, of Carnegie College, is leading a workshop on 3D Games Development and is showing how a tool called Blender can be used to create appropriate 3D games for these courses.

The first part of today consisted of two keynotes relating to how computer games can be used for learning. I enjoyed both.

The afternoon session began with another keynote. This one explained how World of Warcraft can be used for teaching and learning, and was presented by Michelle Hoyle of the University of Sussex.

Tomorrow's event will be held at the University of Abertay and sounds equally interesting. You can follow the conference on Twitter by searching for the hashtag "#gametolearn".

Scotland has an international reputation for computer games production, and it's great to see so many FE colleges getting involved in this area. There is a big turn-out today with lots of Scottish colleges (and universities) sending staff.

Hilary is attending with me today, and you can contact her for more information about the NPA awards. We also have HN qualifications in this area but, in this case, contact Caroline for more information.

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