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MissionV Launches New Game Based Learning Webinar Series with Partners iGBL, Waterford Institute of Technology

We are very excited to announce that we are to run a free webinar series aimed at educators on the area of Game Based Learning. To this end we have partnered with the leaders in research in GBL in this country, the Game Based Learning Research Group based in Waterford Institute of Technology, led by Dr. Patrick Felicia, PhD. Patrick is a passionate believer in the potential use of GBL principles in classroom settings and has a wealth of experience in research in this area. He is the author of Digital Games in Schools – A Handbook for Teachers.

Our first webinar, Game Based Learning – An Introduction, is scheduled for Thursday, August 18th at 7.00pm and will be run through the global educators’ network, Learncentral.org.. During this webinar, Patrick will be introducing the concept of Game-based Learning, explain how it can be employed in instructional settings, and provide practical information on how to harness this engaging medium. For more details and to register with Learncentral for this event click here or send if you would like to attend the whole series please forward your email address to webinars@missionv.ie.

Bio: Dr. Patrick Felicia

Patrick Felicia, PhD, is a lecturer, course leader and researcher at Waterford Institute of Technology, where he teaches and supervises undergraduate and postgraduate students. He obtained his MSc in Multimedia Technology in 2003 and PhD in Computer Science in 2009 from University College Cork, Ireland.

Patrick has a keen interest in the design and development of engaging educational multimedia-based application for secondary and third level. He is specialized in Game-Based Learning, Multimedia, Educational Psychology, and Instructional Design.

He is Editor-In-Chief of the International Journal of Game-Based Learning (IJGBL) and has also served on program committees for international Game-Based Learning and Technology-Enhanced Learning conferences and journals.

Patrick is currently conducting research in the fields of adaptive educational games and user profiling in video games. He is also investigating the factors that may facilitate or prevent the integration of GBL in primary, secondary and third-level education.

In addition to his research on GBL, he also focuses on promoting best practices for GBL amongst educationalists (e.g., keynotes and workshops), a task he believes is crucial for a wider understanding and acceptance of GBL.

Follow Patrick on Twitter. and on his GBL blog.


ICT in Education Conference 2011, Saturday May 14th

This is the seventh ICT in Education Conference hosted by Tipperary Institute. This year’s theme is Storytelling in Education.

Everyone remembers their outstanding school teachers and their clever lecturers from college days. In many cases, these educators shared stories, memories and vignettes in the classroom. For centuries, people have listened and learned and no matter how technology has advanced, when we peel back all the accessories, a quality lesson often revolves around a compelling storyline. During the 2011 ICT in Education Conference, several master storytellers will share their experiences and insights in a day-long event.

The format will be similar to last year with a number of plenary sessions, prior to breaking out into smaller, more focused workshop/talks. There is a very strong lineup of speakers this year. Christian Payne, Ciaran McCormack and Dermot Casey are onboard to deliver keynote and capstone presentations along with a whole host of interesting educational workshops.

Who should attend: This conference has content which is relevant and applicable to educators, and indeed anyone with an interest in the use of technology in education, at all levels from Primary right up to Higher Education.

Where: Tipperary Institute, Nenagh Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

When: Saturday, 14th May, 2011. 09:00 – 16:00

Fee: 30EUR

James Corbett and Margaret Keane of MissionV will be co-presenting at the ICT in Education Conference in Tipperary Insititute.

Irish Symposium on Game-Based Learning

On Thursday 19th May 2011 Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is hosting the Irish Symposium on Game-Based Learning.“Game-Based Learning (GBL) is a fascinating medium which has the potential to increase both motivation and learning on the part of the learners. GBL has captured the interest of researchers, and some educators have already started to embrace this technology. Although there is a solid body of evidence on the educational effectiveness of GBL, it still needs to gain more recognition amongst Irish teachers, lecturers, and policy-makers.”