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Robertson, Derek


  • Senior Lecturer (Teaching and Scholarship), Education
  • 183 Citations
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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.

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Projects 2013 2017

Research Output 2009 2017

Social Media: Communication, Sharing and Visibility by Graham Meikle

Robertson, D., Jun 2017, In : Media Education Journal. 61, p. 40-41 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Open Access
social media

Computer game improves primary pupils' arithmetic

Miller, D. & Robertson, D., 2012, British Educational Research Association, 4 p. (Insights; no. 3).

Research output: Working paperDiscussion paper

Open Access
11 Citations (Scopus)

Signature pedagogy in early years education: a role for COTS game-based learning

Miller, D., Robertson, D., Hudson, A. & Shimi, J., 1 Jan 2012, In : Computers in the Schools. 29, 1-2, p. 227-247 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

education system
primary school


NAACE ICT Impact Awards 2012

Derek Robertson (Recipient), 9 Mar 2012

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

University of Dundee Stephen Fry Award 2016

Derek Robertson (Recipient), 12 Jan 2016

Prize: Other distinction

Activities 2013 2018

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

Teacher Education Policy in Europe Network (2018)

Derek Robertson (Participant)
18 May 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

PressEd 2018

Derek Robertson (Participant)
29 Mar 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

European Conference for Curriculum Studies

Derek Robertson (Speaker)
16 Jun 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Oor Democracy: Act like we own the place

Derek Robertson (Speaker)
18 Apr 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk