Irish Symposium on Game-Based Learning, 7h June 2012 at Waterford Institute of Technology: Registration is now open

Registration is now open for the second Irish  Symposium on Game-Based Learning (iGBL2012)!

This one-day event will be held in Waterford Institute of Technology on Thursday 7th June 2012, and bring together teachers, students and researchers with an interest in the educational potential of games. This conference will be a great opportunity to learn more about the different educational applications of video games,  and network with other like-minded researchers and practitioners.

This year, we are delighted to welcome Derek Robertson (Learning and Teaching Scotland, National Adviser for Emerging Technologies and Learning) as our keynote speaker. Derek has an impressing record in innovative teaching. He has done significant work in the area of Game-Based Learning, and given several inspirational keynotes on how to engage students in the classroom through games. Derek Robertson’s career in education has seen him work as a primary school teacher, a staff tutor in a council education department, a lecturer on the B.ED(P) and PGDE(P) teacher preparation courses at the University of Dundee and now as National Adviser for Emerging Technologies and Learning at Learning and Teaching Scotland. In his current position he leads the team responsible for exploring and developing the effective uses of computer games to enhance teaching, learning and assessment approaches that underpin Scotland’s new curriculum: Curriculum for Excellence.

In addition, the symposium will include more than 20 presentations from national and international experts in a wide range of areas including: Virtual Worlds in the classroom, using chess to improve cognitive skills and confidence, e-Poetry, games for to improve mental health, Instructional design patters,  adaptive learning strategies, GBL start-ups, Scratch & Kinect, Gamification, Alternative Reality Games (ARGs), Role-Playing Games (RPGs), games for health care, or games to teach people with intellectual disabilities.
For more information on presentations please visit:

This event promises to be very interesting and attendees are now welcome to register before Friday 25th May 2012.
Registration information is available at:

For more information on iGBL2012,  please send an email to:

You can also sign up to the iGBL 2012 mailing list by sending an email to with the subject “mailing list”.

We look forward to seeing you in Waterford Institute of Technology for an exciting iGBL 2012.

Best Wishes,

Dr. Patrick Felicia, conference chair

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