Igor Mayer has created a Mendeley group for PhD theses related to Serious Games and Games Based Learning. Many of the references include download links to the related thesis. Recommended for new PhD students in the area and others with a LOT of reading time available!
Today I was speaking at the Learning through Gaming event at Dundee College, part of the Festival of Dangerous ideas organised by the College Development Network. Gerry Dougan asked me if I wanted to talk about Gamification, and as I have fairly strong dislike for the term I readily agreed!
Prof. Geoffrey Crisp at RMIT Australia has been hosting the regular online seminars in Transforming Assessment for a few years now. An interesting one is coming up in July when Gary Wills (Southampton) will be presenting “Towards a framework for games and simulations in STEM subject assessments”.
Some more conferences and calls with relevance to Game Based Learning, Virtual Worlds, and Game Development.
If you didn’t catch them already, see the previous two posts for information on the OpenSimulator Community Conference and the Immersive Education European Summit.
The first OpenSimulator Community Conference will be online on September 7th and 8th this year. This is a big step forward for the now quite widely used but still officially ‘alpha’ status virtual world. Having had a few student projects active in the OpenSim based Jokaydia Grid this year, I’ll hopefully be able to submit something of interest to the proceedings.
The upcoming Immersive Education European Summit in London in November has a great line-up of keynote speakers announced. The paper submission deadline is not until the end of July – so lots of time to prepare something.
I’m not sure how many dangerous ideas there will be (some?), but the Festival of Dangerous Ideas will be taking place around Scotland in June.
From the Festival web-site:
The Festival of Dangerous Ideas aims to re-establish the importance of dangerous ideas as agents of change in education – to shift the axis of what is possible!
It is for everyone who is passionate about education including college, university, school staff and students as well as those engaged in education throughout the creative communities.
My colleague Thomas Connolly has a vacancy for a post-doc research fellow in serious games… advert and application details below….
University of the West of Scotland
Faculty of Science & Technology – School of Computing
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (Computer Games/Serious Games)
£32,901 to £39,257 (Fixed Term for 2 Years) Paisley Campus
Special Issue on “Transforming the classrooms: Innovative Digital Game-based Learning Designs and Applications”
in Educational Technology Research & Development
There is an open call for Immersive Education 2013 (iED 2013), to be held at Boston College 3rd-6th June 2013, for papers, general sessions (presentations, posters, panels, demos and workshops), and outliers (novel late-breaking research and technology).
March 1st is the abstract deadline for papers, March 15th is the abstract deadline for general sessions, and April 15th is the abstract deadline for outliers. Details are available on the official Immersive Education (iED) Summit website.
Building on the success of the previous seven years of Immersive Education conferences, the four-day iED 2013 event will feature 3 tracks (Practitioner, Research and Business tracks) and an entire day dedicated to hands-on workshops. iED 2013 is open to the global academic and business communities and experts in immersion, simulation, learning games, virtual reality, and augmented/mixed reality.