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Serious Games in Staff Development

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Project Details

Serious games are used in a range of learning and teaching environments in Higher Education and elsewhere. As well as creating a context in a learning and teaching situation, Accreditation!, the game described here, provides unexpected connections between participants, allows all members of a group to have a voice and sparks up conversation and laughter about what can be difficult or sensitive topics (Hamshire & Forsyth, 2013:174).

Originating from a research project with JISC "Accreditation! is now used as a staff development tool and replaces what used to be a very boring lecture on accreditation.”(Ibid)

Student Union Teaching Award 2014 winner

Additional reading/External material

  • The game shown in the video is available for free download and can be edited to suit your own circumstances.
  • A detailed description of the game development is at Hamshire, C. and Forsyth, R. (2013). Contexts and Concepts: Crafty ways to Consider Challenging Topics. New Traditional Games for Learning: a case book. N. Whitton and A. Moseley. London, Routledge.

Contact Details:

Rachel Forsyth

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