eLearning conference rallies experts to Scotland

Game to Learn launches at Abertay

The Game to Learn elearning conference is being held at the University of Abertay today.

The event is the annual conference of the eLearning Alliance Scotland, a body dedicated to promoting best practice and information sharing among organisations and individuals interested in using technology to enhance learning.

Around 90 educationalists and computing experts from across the country are expected to be in attendance at Abertay’s National Centre for Excellence in Computer Games Education.

Thirteen organisations are presenting on topics including “how games can transform learning”, “why business can’t ignore the computer game” and “gaming for health”.

The keynote speaker is the University of Utrecht’s Dr. Pamela Kato, holding her talk on the subject of “Educating the World, One Cell At a Time”.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to try out online and installed games in a dedicated ‘hands-on’ lab in the Centre for Excellence.

Abertay computing lecturer and conference organiser Malcolm McTavish said: “We are delighted to be hosting this year’s eLearning Alliance conference. This is an exciting time for eLearning, as the technology matures and the Internet creates ever bigger opportunities for using games to bring education to life.

“Today’s conference gives our members a chance to listen to and meet some of the key people in the field, and try out some of the latest ’serious games’ to see for themselves how these games offer more than simple entertainment. It’s also an ideal opportunity to meet with others in Scotland’s eLearning community and discuss how we can all benefit from the app.”

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