Third Irish Symposium on Game Based Learning takes place in DIT

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04 June 2013:  Digital games are one of the fastest-growing forms of mass media today. Played by millions around the world, young and old, games are engaging, interactive, immersive and compelling.....but have you ever wondered can they also be educational?

On 6th and 7th June 2013, Dublin Institute of Technology will host the third Irish Symposium on Game Based Learning (iGBL2013).   Founded in 2011 by Dr. Patrick Felicia from Waterford Institute of Technology, the conference will attract educators, students, researchers, games professionals and anyone interested in game-based learning.

This year’s conference will be chaired by Dr. Pauline Rooney, from the DIT Learning Teaching and Technology Centre.  Rooney says there is a solid body of evidence on the educational benefits of game play: however the potential of game-based learning still needs to gain more recognition among teachers, lecturers and policy-makers. “iGBL2013 is about bringing together educators, students, researchers and games professionals to share and gather insights on game-based learning. This year we have a really exciting international programme of workshops and presentations. With delegates and speakers coming from all sectors and disciplines, and with many taking long flights to be here, the conference will also be a great opportunity to network and collaborate with others who are interested in how games can facilitate learning and motivation among today’s students.”

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In a recent interview on RTE’s Two Tube talked about the educational potential of games and you can see the clip at http://twotube.ie/2013/05/can-gaming-be-educational/

This year’s programme will include a wide variety of international presentations, posters, interactive workshops and exhibitions from both education and industry. Themes include gamification, designing cheap and effective games for learning, games for employability skills and entrepreneurship training and game-based learning for early childhood.

For more information go to: igbl2013.wordpress.com. You can also follow us on Twitter @igbl2013 or follow the conference stream at #igbl2013.

We look forward to seeing you in Dublin at iGBL2013!

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