Learning Games Expert to Keynote at Global Education Conference

Professor Valerie Shute to Present on Stealth Assessment at WCCE 2017

Friday 28 October 2016 – Professor Valerie Shute, an expert in the use of games to support learning outcomes, will be a keynote speaker at WCCE 2017, the world’s largest conference focused on the use of technology in education.

Professor Shute is the Mack and Effie Campbell Tyner Endowed Professor in Education in the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems at Florida State University, USA. Her latest research involves using games with stealth assessment to support the learning of cognitive and non-cognitive knowledge, skills and dispositions.

At WCCE 2017 in Dublin from 3-6 July next year, Professor Shute will deliver a presentation entitled: Stealth Assessment – What, Why and How? She believes games can be a powerful vehicle to support learning, so long as the assessment process is handled effectively, and has even developed her own game – Physics Playground – to test her hypotheses.

Over the past two years, Professor Shute and her colleagues have designed, developed and evaluated various stealth assessments in games to explore:

  • whether they provide valid and reliable estimates of developing key 21st century competencies in students,
  • the degree to which learning actually happens, and
  • whether students still find the games fun to play.

She will present her findings during her keynote address.

WCCE 2017 is an initiative of IFIP, the global association for people working in the ICT sector. The conference is organised by IFIP’s Technical Committee on Education (TC3), which recently issued a Call for Papers inviting potential speakers to submit papers or workshop topics for consideration.

With the theme of “Tomorrow’s Learning: Involving Everyone”, the conference will bring together hundreds of academics, researchers, ICT professionals, vendors, teachers, students and other stakeholders to explore emerging issues affecting the education sector.

In addition to the four-day conference from 3-6 July, the event will also feature a one-day Doctoral Consortium on 2 July.

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About IFIP

IFIP, the International Federation for Information Processing, is the global professional federation of societies and associations for people working in Information and Communications Technologies and Sciences. Established under the auspices of UNESCO in 1960 and recognised by the United Nations, IFIP represents ICT professional associations from more than 50 countries and regions with a total membership of over half a million. It also brings together more than 3,500 scientists from industry and academia, organising them into over 100 Working Groups and 13 Technical Committees to conduct research, develop standards and promote information sharing. Based in Austria, IFIP organises and supports over 100 conferences each year, fostering the distribution of research and knowledge to academics and industry practitioners alike.

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