Irish Symposium on Game Based Learning is a Big Success

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07 June 2013: The third Irish Symposium on Game Based Learning (IGBL) has come to a close after two days of successful presentations, workshops and exhibitions at DIT Aungier Street.

The event explored ways in which games can be educational and featured some inspiring speakers and productive discussions. Delegates came from far away to be at the event.

Dr Pauline Rooney from DIT (IGBL Conference Chair) opened the proceedings on Thursday 6 June and introduced the symposium’s first keynote speaker, Dr Nicola Whitton from Manchester Metropolitan University.

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She spoke on ‘Game Based Learning in an Age of Austerity’.

The rest of the day was made up of parallel sessions including a talk on ‘Game-based learning for early childhood’ and ‘Redesigning work knowing what we do about games’.

The second day featured more parallel sessions and ended with the symposium’s second keynote speaker Fiachra Ó Comhraí of Gordon Games.

His talk was ‘Using game science to engage employees and customers in the learning, knowledge, sharing and innovation process’.

The symposium was closed by Professor Brian Norton, President of DIT, and Dr Kevin O’Rourke, Head of eLearning Support and Development, DIT.

The IGBL was founded in 2011 by Dr Patrick Felicia from Waterford Institute of Technology and attracts educators, students, researchers, games professionals and anyone interested in game-based learning.

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