Coventry University Game-based Learning research shortlisted for Global Reimagine Education Award

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The Game-based Learning Project Team

Wednesday 24 November 2021

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A Coventry University practice-led research initiative, led by Professor of Game Science Sylvester Arnab from the Centre for Postdigital Cultures (CPC), has been nominated to receive the ‘Science of Learning’ award.

The QS Reimagine Education Awards, also known as the ‘Oscars of Education’, is the largest global awards programme for teaching and learning, recognising cutting edge innovators in the world of educational technology.

Professor Arnab’s research project; ‘GameChangers: Educators as agents of change through playful pedagogy’ has been shortlisted out of over 1100 applicants.

The project focuses on the design and implementation of playful learning experiences and emphasises empathetic design, development and gamified interventions.

The GameChangers research team, co-led by CPC and Coventry University’s Disruptive Media Learning Lab, worked on a number of initiatives involving educators and learners in marginalised communities around the world, running programmes in Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam that are funded under the Newton Fund and the Global Challenges Research Fund.

Sylvester and the GameChangers team will now present the project at the Reimagine Education Conference which takes place in December 2021, over 2000 industry leaders, investors and innovators in the education space will be expected to attend.

The winner of the Reimagine Education Award, announced in December 2021 will receive 25,000 US dollars in funding to support the development of the research.

I am proud of the achievements of the GameChangers initiative that was founded as part of the Disruptive Media Learning Lab in 2015, which continues to impact teaching and learning through playful, gameful, and frugal practices. Being shortlisted for this award is a recognition of our contributions to research, development, and practice. I would like to acknowledge the team, colleagues, and our national and international collaborators for their passion, creativity, and imagination.

Professor Sylvester Arnab, Centre for Postdigital Cultures

We are delighted by the success of the GameChangers initiative and congratulate Sylvester and the team for being shortlisted. Coventry University are continually investing in novel technologies to support innovative teaching and learning models. GameChangers exemplifies this practice and we look forward to seeing the project develop even further.

Professor Richard Dashwood, Pro Vice Chancellor for Research

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Learn more about the GameChangers project and the Reimagine Education Awards.