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Robertson, Derek


  • Senior Lecturer (Teaching and Scholarship), Education
  • 189 Citations
  • 5 h-Index

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Personal profile


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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Research Output

Miseducation: inequality, education and the working classes by Diane Reay (2017)

Robertson, D., 1 Mar 2020, In : Critical and Radical Social Work. 8, 1, p. 137-139 3 p., 13.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

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
  • 53 Downloads (Pure)

    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
    97 Downloads (Pure)


    NAACE ICT Impact Awards 2012

    Robertson, Derek (Recipient), 9 Mar 2012

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • University of Dundee Stephen Fry Award 2016

    Robertson, Derek (Recipient), 12 Jan 2016

    Prize: Other distinction

  • Activities

    SERA Connects - Shifting Landscapes: realising the potential of digital learning and teaching

    Derek Robertson (Speaker)

    28 May 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Thomas More University College Mechelen

    Derek Robertson (Visiting lecturer)

    24 Feb 202025 Feb 2020

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

    Tayside Regional Improvement Collaborative - TRIC Digifest 2019

    Derek Robertson (Participant)

    17 May 2019

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

    Press / Media

    TES Article

    Derek Robertson


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Other

    This isn't game over for the Minecraft dream

    Derek Robertson


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Other

    A look at the educational possibilities of Minecraft

    Derek Robertson


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research

    Radio Edutalk interview: Minecraft & ePortfolios in Glow

    Derek Robertson


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research