Teaching Digital Literacy: Videogames in Education

The School of Education is delighted to announce a new open online course that explores the links between videogames and education, featuring insights from games designers, academics, players and even folklorists!

Children using VR headsets

Dive into the fascinating world of videogames in education and discover the positive impact games can have on children’s learning. The course will equip you with knowledge and expertise on using videogames to enhance your teaching and promote critical and creative engagement with learning. 

Dr Fiona Scott, Lecturer in Digital Literacies and lead academic for the course, said: "Playing videogames is associated with a wide range of benefits for children, and this course offers a unique insight into cutting-edge research on the topic. 

“We know that educators, parents and carers and game designers all have urgent questions about the nature of children's play in digital spaces; which games are most positive for children and why; and how to mitigate potential risks. This course will help learners think critically and deeply about these topics, offering timely insights into the importance of digital play for children's learning and broader well-being."

Rebecca Lawthom, Head of School of Education, added: "We are delighted as a School of Education to be ahead of the curve in thinking about how the digital is interacting with the everyday. This course is the third we have developed following the other successes of Play and Makerspaces for creative learning. 

“This latest course showcases the innovation and practice which are at the heart of the School of Education, giving a flavour of the richer content of the masters in Digital Literacies, Culture and Education. Learning can happen at any point in life and this course allows anyone to find out more - we hope you find out more.”

Enrol for free

To enrol for free, select the join with limited access option. This will grant you access to the course material for four weeks. 

After that, you may wish to upgrade to continue having access to the materials and get a free certificate of achievement. Colleagues and students can get a free upgrade if they sign up using their University email address and connect with the Futurelearn Campus.

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