Serious Games Tackle Serious Issues

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A Welsh university has launched an innovative new range of online learning materials including free interactive games that help people explore topics such as disability, age diversity, racial equality and homelessness.

The 'Addressing Barriers: Enhancing Services' series of Equality and Diversity toolkits, which incorporate expert video tutorials alongside interactive 'Bytesize Basics' serious games, have been developed by the Institute of Digital Learning at the University of Wales, Newport to help further understanding of the many barriers people face in education and the workplace.

“These innovative open source etraining resources, which are free to all users take a fresh approach to equality and diversity guidance in order to engage today's workforce in staff development training,” said Matt Chilcott , Learning Technologies Development Manager at the Institute of Digital Learning.

The innovative new toolkits were welcomed by Peter Scott, Manager of the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) Regional Support Centre Wales, who commented: “The Equality and Diversity etraining resources serve as exemplars of the latest innovations in learning technologies to engage the modern day workforce in staff development training. The use of the Serious Games approach is particularly welcome.”

For further information and to access the free resources visit the website hosted by the Institute of Digital Learning at http://equal.newport.ac.uk.

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