Derek Robertson

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Head of Undergraduate Studies - Senior Lecturer

Bio

Biography

Derek Robertson’s career in education has seen him work as a primary school teacher, an ICT staff tutor in a council education department, a lecturer at the University of Dundee, as the National Adviser for Emerging Technologies and Learning with Scottish Government’s educational agencies and now back at the University of Dundee as a member of the lecturing/research team at the School of Education and Social Work. He has recenrtly taken on the role of Head of Undergraduate Studies at the School Education and Social Work.

A major aspect of Derek’s work has been involved with exploring and articulating just how commercial off the shelf (COTS) computer game-based learning can have a positive impact on children’s learning experiences. This interest began due to a serendipitous moment when he watched two of his pupils play a Super Nintendo game in his classroom. To this end he established Learning and Teaching Scotland’s Consolarium initiative, which was aimed at exploring how the challenging, demanding and culturally relevant and appealing world of the computer game could play a valid and worthwhile part in the educational experiences of teachers and learners. His work is recognised as something that has helped change the discourse around the purpose and place of COTS games in education.

His current interests revolve around what he sees as the established and at times uncritical culture, behaviours and attitudes that appear to accompany and accommodate the use of digital tools and spaces in teaching and learning in our schools. He is also very interested in the way that relationship between the major educational technology companies and teachers has evolved over the past number of years. His interest in all manner of practical and innovative digital contexts in teaching and learning has also seen him develop a research interest in the use of ePortfolios in Teacher Education.

Publications

Social Media : Communication, Sharing and Visibility by Graham Meikle
6/2017, Media Education Journal
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Book/Film/Article review

A study of pre-service teachers’ engagement with the reflective process and digital space through use of an electronic Portfolio using WordPress™ via the Scottish teachers’ intranet, GLOW™
/2017
Research Output: Contribution To Conference > Paper

If you build it they will come - but will they stay? : The challenge of growing an effective digital learning community with newly qualified teachers
5/2015
Research Output: Contribution To Conference > Paper

Signature pedagogy in early years education : a role for COTS game-based learning
1/2012, Computers in the Schools
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Computer game improves primary pupils' arithmetic
/2012
Research Output: Working Paper > Discussion paper

Response to Logie and Della Sala : Brain training in schools, where is the evidence?
9/2011, British Journal of Educational Technology
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Editorial

Educational benefits of using game consoles in a primary classroom: a randomised controlled trial
8/2011, British Journal of Educational Technology
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Using a games console in the primary classroom: effects of 'Brain Training' programme on computation and self-esteem
/2010, British Journal of Educational Technology
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Learning gains from using games consoles in primary classrooms: a randomized controlled study
/2009, Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Learning gains from using games consoles in primary classrooms: a randomized controlled study
/2009
Research Output: Contribution To Conference > Paper

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Press

We must not give up on the benefits digital technologies bring to schools

Derek Robertson

21/04/17

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Other



This isn't game over for the Minecraft dream

Derek Robertson

6/01/17

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Other



A look at the educational possibilities of Minecraft

Derek Robertson

10/12/15

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Research



Radio Edutalk interview: Minecraft & ePortfolios in Glow

Derek Robertson

2/12/15

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Research



Contribution to BBC Radio Scotland radio discussion about Minecraft as en educational tool

Derek Robertson

1/12/15

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Research



School children build Dundee's future waterfront on Minecraft

Derek Robertson

11/06/15

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Research



Dundee pupils redesign city waterfrontwith Minecraft

Derek Robertson

5/06/15

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Research



BBC Radio 4: More than a game

Derek Robertson

4/04/15

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Research



Game over for award-winning technology project

Derek Robertson

27/02/15

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Other



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Activities

Teacher Education Policy in Europe Network (2018)

Derek Robertson (Participant), Carolyn McLennan (Participant)
18 May 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Activity Type: Attendance

Teacher Education Policy in Europe Network (2018)

Derek Robertson (Participant)
18 May 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Activity Type: Attendance

PressEd 2018

Derek Robertson (Participant)
29 Mar 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Activity Type: Attendance

Scottish Digital Learning and Teaching in Teacher Education working group (External organisation)

Derek Robertson (Chair)
6 Dec 2017

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

Activity Type: Membership

Digitay - Developing the young workforce

Derek Robertson (Participant)
5 Dec 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Activity Type: Attendance

University of Dundee ESW School Research Conference 2017/18

Derek Robertson (Speaker)
5 Dec 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Activity Type: Attendance

Education Scotland (External organisation)

Derek Robertson (Chair)
29 Nov 2017

Activity: Membership typesMembership of board

Activity Type: Membership

Education Leaders' Summit

Derek Robertson (Invited speaker)
24 Nov 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Activity Type: Attendance

Scottish Educational Research Association (SERA) Conference 2017

Derek Robertson (Speaker)
24 Nov 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Activity Type: Attendance

European Conference for Curriculum Studies

Derek Robertson (Speaker)
16 Jun 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Activity Type: Attendance

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