The University of Essex and Kaplan Singapore Applied Learning and Teaching Conference 2019

The conference theme will be "Pedagogy and Play in Teaching Today".

The inaugural University of Essex and Kaplan Singapore Applied Learning and Teaching Conference is themed around the Pedagogy and Play in Teaching Today and will explore the approaches to applied teaching and learning that utilise and draw from play as a pedagogical approach.

Play is often thought of as the opposite of serious work, yet from the new economy to the digital classroom, increasingly we are seeing where the ludic is drawn upon as a resource to inspire, motivate, and sometimes, control.

What we can make of these dynamics for rethinking approaches to teaching and learning today?

  • Location: Wilkie Edge, Singapore (exact location TBC)
  • Date: 12 April 2018, 9:30 - 16:00


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The University of Essex and Kaplan Singapore Applied Learning and Teaching Conference 2019

Conference programme

Friday 12 April 2019

9:30 start

Curious Chimeras Workshop (2 hours): The Curious Chimeras believe that games are an experience. Through Curious Chimera games, players can adventure fearlessly, engage in meaningful interactions with others and ultimately form a community that allows for exploration, learning and the understanding of new and different perspectives.

We believe that games have the power to be creative tools to spur and focus the imaginations of players. As players interact with each other, we not only create stories, but also discover more about ourselves, our friends and the environment that we live in. We create games and run events that build social interactions and community.

Full programme TBC.

16:00 end

Conference details

Call for papers

Submission procedure

Those wishing to present their research in the form of a paper at the conference should send their abstract to Stevphen Shukaitis and use as subject 'Paper submission for Essex/Kaplan Conference 2019'.

All abstracts will be peer-reviewed, and the authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to prepare a full paper for consideration for subsequent publication in a special edition of the Journal of Applied Learning and Teaching.

Abstracts (300 words) should summarise the following: Main Idea / Argument, Conceptual framework, Significance, and Key terms.

Key dates

Deadline for Submission: 31 January 2019

Notification of Acceptance: 28 February 2019 (provisional)

Conference Registration Deadline: 10 April 2019

Conference Date: 12 April 2019


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • Gamifcation and Learning
  • Game Design and Teaching Approaches
  • Role-playing and Immersive Learning
  • Fun as a Teaching Resource
  • Games in the Classroom
  • Digital Play and Learning
  • Gaming and Performance Evaluation
  • Other related approaches to play and learning


The conference will take place at Wilkie Edge, Singapore.


Speakers TBA
close up of hands using a mobile devise and laptop in a teaching environment
Get in touch
Dr Stevphen Shukaitis Dr. of Organisation Studies and Human Resources
Telephone: 01206 87 3911

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