National Teaching Fellow 2013
Dr Nicola Whitton is an educational researcher with 14 years’ experience in higher education: in teaching, technical, managerial, educational development, and research roles. She is dedicated to promoting active, collaborative and playful learning, and engaging with colleagues and learners to enhance practice.
She has a passion for innovative approaches to teaching and assessment, rigorously researched, with lessons learned shared with the wider community. She believes that by taking an open approach to her practice, with a willingness to take risks and learn from her mistakes, that she can truly transform the learning experience for students.
Nicola is a Research Fellow in the Education and Social Research Institute at Manchester Metropolitan University, specialising in the use of games to enhance teaching and learning in higher education. She is a Director of the Technology, Innovation and Play for Learning (TIPL) research group and leads several research projects, including Game-Based Learning for Older Adults (GAMBALOA), an EU partnership investigating the potential of games with older learners, and Making Games in Collaboration for Learning (MAGICAL), which aims to promote and evaluate collaborative game-building as a pedagogic approach. She has also published widely in the field and her first book, Learning with digital games, was described as the “best, broadest and most well-reasoned starting point available” by one of the leading academics in the field.
One of her proudest achievements was establishing the Association for Learning Technology Special Interest Group on Games and Learning, a thriving and active academic community with over eighty members. She is a regular speaker at conferences, and maintains a reflective blog at http://playthinklearn.net.
Manchester Metropolitan University