PedRIO key research themes

Centre for Sustainable Futures (CSF)

The CSF provides curriculum and pedagogic support and coordinates cross-institutional research related to education for sustainable development (ESD).

Collaboration for the Advancement of Medical Education Research and Assessment (CAMERA) 

CAMERA brings together the activities of multi-professional researchers dedicated to the improvement of healthcare through evidence based education.

Gaming and Simulation enhanced Learning (GSeL)

Game Enhanced Learning (GeL) is perceived by educationalists as a form of learning that can supplement and enhance current classroom based education at all levels. Research has shown that interactive virtual learning can permanently transform the educational landscape and deliver better academic results. However, despite this recognition, there is a lack of sufficient empirical evidence to support GeL as a pedagogical approach. Simulations on the other hand have been widely used to support training needs across various fields such as military, medical, surgical and business. Recent trends of using simulations appear to have had an impact on how games are being integrated within the educational context. Hence, it is important utilise an analytical approach that considers how different elements of Game/Gamification along with simulations act upon one another within educational settings. The newly formed PedRIO GSeL interdisciplinary research theme group will be exploring some of the key research challenges (but not limited to) outlined below:

  • The clear articulation of the relationship between academic achievement and GSeL.
  • The role of GSeL in educational assessment in the form of interactions, successes and failures that can tracked.
  • Social, cultural and economic differences that might affect GSeL.
  • Identity and its role for learners and tutors in GSeL environments.

Digital Innovation Group (DIG) 

The DIG maximizes pedagogic research opportunities, shares best practice/research, and develops initiatives that respond to institutional/sector policy. Its areas of focus include: digital skills and practices, risks and identities, online communication (blogs etc.), and professional networks.

Critically Inclusive Pedagogies (CIP) 

The CIP group provides a forum for debate (in forms of workshops, seminars and reading groups), conducts collaborative research and coordinates funding bids. Its areas of focus include: HE pedagogy, inclusive education discourses, aspirations of critical pedagogy, social critique through pedagogy, subversion and resistance, and care and ethics.