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Sylvester Arnab

Professor, Dr

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    1. Co-creative game design practices 2. The mapping of pedagogical and motivational aspects with game design 3. Applied research in game-based learning and gamification for learning 4. Game literacy and gaming culture

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    Biography

    Sylvester Arnab is a Professor of Game Science at the Disruptive Media Learning Lab and an associate of the Centre for Post-digital Cultures at Coventry University, UK. His research focuses on the investigation into engaging, empathic, and empowering experiences through the lens of playful and gameful design practices.

    Sylvester is a co-founder of the award-winning GameChangers initiative (http://gamify.org.uk), which has been adapted in Malaysia and is currently being expanded into Vietnam and Indonesia towards responding to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. GameChangers has also informed the Beaconing project (http://beaconing.eu), which was led by Sylvester and is often referred to as a best practice for gamified learning in Europe. To date, Sylvester has successfully won research funding with a total value of £19 million since 2010 (£9.9 million as a principle investigator). Funders include the UKRI (AHRC and ESRC), European Commission (FP7, H2020, and Erasmus+), and HEFCE.

    Sylvester is currently leading the ACES project (http://aces.gchangers.org)  and the CreativeCulture 4.0 project (http://mycapsule.my), funded by the UKRI under the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and the Newton Fund Impact Scheme respectively. Both projects are building on the GameChangers initiative, where Sylvester's play and game thinking approach is being adapted in South East Asia towards developing inclusive and equitable teaching and learning practices.  

    Sylvester has over 100 academic publications, having recently published a book on ‘Game Science in Hybrid Learning Spaces’, which provides insights into the research and practice of purposeful game design with a focus on hybrid education. He is regularly invited to give public and keynote lectures in various international events. Sylvester is currently supervising three PhDs with four completions and has examined 10 PhD theses to date.

    Sylvester was previously a researcher at Coventry University’s Serious Games Institute and University of Warwick’s WMG. He graduated with a PhD in Engineering in 2009 at the University of Warwick. 

     

    Twitter: @sarnab75 

    Blog: http://sylvesterarnab.com

     

    Research Interests

    Game Science (gameful/playful design, serious games, game-based learning, gamification, game design thinking); Hybrid learning spaces; Technology-enhanced learning; Pervasive learning and technologies; Trans-disciplinary game-based intervention development; Multi-modal platforms (tactile, wearable, mobile, mixed-reality)

    Vision Statement

    A champion of gameful, playful and persuasive designs that transform ordinary tasks into extraordinary experiences. My research interests are inspired by the potential of game techniques and technologies in sustaining engagement with serious activities, and to inform the design of experiences. My research focus is influenced by a a hybrid approach for holistically define, design and implement game-based interventions, including the blending of physical and digital spaces, and formal and informal contexts. I have developed a trans-disciplinary and holistic model for game-based design and development that can be adopted by researchers, designers and developers. My research, development, and practice findings have informed the discussions in a book on Game Science and it's application and implication on Hybrid Learning Spaces published in 2020. 

    Education/Academic qualification

    Doctorate, University of Warwick

    May 2005May 2009

    Award Date: 22 Jun 2009

    MSc, University of Leeds

    Sep 2000Sep 2001

    Award Date: 1 Nov 2001

    Degree, University of Manchester

    Sep 1996Sep 1998

    Award Date: 1 Jun 1998

    External positions

    PhD External Examiner, Hanken School of Economics

    Oct 2018

    PhD External Examiner, University of Tasmania

    Jul 2018

    PhD External Examiner, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

    2018

    PhD External Examiner, University of Toronto

    2018

    PhD External Examiner, University of Aveiro

    20 Dec 2017

    PhD External Examiner, University of the West of Scotland

    May 2017

    EdD External Examiner, University of Huddersfield

    2017

    PhD External Examiner, University of Bath

    Nov 2016

    External Reviewer (PARM Panel), Manchester Metropolitan University

    Feb 2016

    PhD External Examiner, Universidade de Lisboa

    Jun 2014

    Keywords

    • L Education (General)
    • experiential learning
    • game-based learning
    • playful learning
    • STEM
    • STEAM
    • Q Science (General)
    • computer science
    • games science
    • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
    • Software Engineering

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