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Dr Alex Moseley

Head of Anglia Learning & Teaching
Research Supervision:

Alex is Head of Anglia Learning and Teaching. He leads the activities of Anglia Learning and Teaching, which are driven by our Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy.

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I have a background in Archaeology, and over the last 25 years have developed a strategic interest in learning and teaching aligned with a growing interdisciplinary research portfolio. I joined Anglia Ruskin University from the University of Leicester, where as Head of Curriculum Enhancement I led the institution through curriculum transformation; a deep review of digital learning support; development of learning communities; and most recently designed the flexible, blended approach to learning and teaching under COVID.

I am also actively involved in national and international thinking around pedagogy and quality, both in my own area of playful learning, and in rethinking flexible future HE provision.

I have remained an active teacher and facilitator, with a belief in active learning and the power of play. I am an interdisciplinary researcher, and believe in a research-teaching nexus, where students and staff co-develop as learners and researchers.

As Head of Anglia Learning and Teaching, I aim to use my experience and knowledge of teaching, adult training, research and quality in HE, and bring these together strategically and creatively with my talented team to push active and research-led learning and teaching, authentic assessment, and flexible digital/blended learning. Throughout I am committed to making sure everyone is included, by designing inclusively, valuing diversity, and strengthening learning communities.

Research interests

My principal research area is in playful learning: I have written extensively in this field, present my work internationally, chair an international conference (Playful Learning) and special interest group (the Playful Learning Association), and organise events that bring education, industry and media together to debate the role of play in learning. This intersects with an interest in active learning, inter- and cross-disciplinary learning and research, and in the development of inclusive learning communities.

Areas of research supervision
  • Connections between games and play, and adult education. Digital and physical games for education; playfulness in teaching and research.
  • Active, collaborative and immersive learning; student involvement in learning (students as partners). Learning communities.
  • The research-teaching nexus: research influenced teaching; teaching influenced research; student involvement in research.

Research skills in history and archaeology; playful design in heritage and museum studies; creative computing; games and play in media and cultural studies.


PhD in “Learning at the Edge of the Magic Circle: A Case for Playful Learning”, University of Leicester
MA in Online and Distance Education, Open University
BSc Archaeology, University of Leicester


National Teaching Fellow

Memberships, editorial boards

Visiting Fellow, Centre for Higher Education Futures, Aarhus University, Denmark.

External Examiner, DCAD, Durham University

Founding (and continuing) co-Chair, Playful Learning Association

Co-Chair, Playful Learning Conference

Accredited Lego Serious Play Facilitator; Accredited Co-Navigator Facilitator

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Consultant, FORTITUDE project (European Research Council funded, University of Leicester), 2020-24.

Training lead, British Council and Afghanistan Ministry of HE: National Training Team (implementing quality enhancement across Afghan universities). 2018-2020.

Consultant and Co-I, AHRC Transforming Thresholds project: KE Project between HE, SMEs and Heritage organisations. 2014-18.

Consultancies for Birmingham City University (Distance Learning review); Durham University (PGCert redesign). 2015-2019.

Selected recent publications

Moseley, A. (2019) 'The great history conundrum: could immersive games enhance an undergraduate "skills" course?' in A. Von Lünen, K.K. Lewis, B. Litherlano and P. Callum (eds) Historia Ludens: the playing historian. New York: Routledge, pp.71-88.

Whitton, N. and Moseley, A. (eds) (2019) Playful learning: events and activities to engage adults. New York: Routledge.

Moseley, A. (2018) 'Real-life contexts in learning games: towards a new typology'. International Journal of Games Based Learning, 8(4), pp. 18-31.

Parry, R., Moseley, A. and Page, R. (2018) Museum thresholds: the design and media of arrival. New York: Routledge.

Moseley, A. and Whitton, N. (eds) (2014) 'Engagement in simulation/gaming: symposium overview'. Simulation & Gaming, 45(4-5), pp. 428-432.

Moseley, A. (2013) 'A case for integration: assessment and games' in T. M. Connolly, T. Hainey, E. Boyle, G. Baxter and P. Moreno-Ger (eds) Psychology, pedagogy and assessment in serious games. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, pp. 342-356.

Moseley, A. and Whitton, N. (eds) (2013) New traditional games for learning: a case book. New York: Routledge.

Moseley, A. (2012) 'An alternate reality for education?: lessons to be learned from online immersive games', International Journal of Games Based Learning, 2(3), pp. 32-50.

Whitton, N. and Moseley, A. eds. (2012) Using games to enhance learning and teaching: a beginners’ guide, New York: Routledge.

Omodele Fyle, C., Moseley, A. and Hayes, N. (2012) 'Troubled times: the role of instructional design in a modern dual-mode university?', Open Learning, 27(1), pp. 53-64.

Recent presentations and conferences

Keynote speaker: Moseley, A. (2019): 'Playful leadership', The Playful University conference, Aarhus University, Denmark, August 2019.

Keynote speaker: Moseley, A. (2018): 'Looking for play in dark places'. Icepops UK copyright literacy conference, Liverpool, 3 April 2018.

Co-chair: Moseley, A. (2016) Association for Learning Technology annual conference (ALTC), Warwick.

Keynote speaker: Moseley, A. (2016) 'What can play do for you?'. LILAC Conference, Dublin, Ireland, 21-23 March 2016.

Invited speaker: Moseley, A. (2015) 'Increasing student motivation and participation through games and gamification'. Inside Gov symposium on mobile learning, London, 8 July 2015.

Co-Chair (with S. Warburton): Moseley, A.and Warburton, S. (2015) In focus: games, gamification and games-based learning: a symposium. Senate House, University of London, 4 March 2015.

Invited speaker: Moseley, A. (2014) 'Using simple contextual games to create authentic learning environments'. Counterplay, Aarhus, Denmark, 3-4 April 2014.

Keynote speaker: Moseley, A. (2013) GAMBALOA conference on games for older adults, Berlin, 27-28 June 2013.

Invited speaker: Moseley, A. (2013) 'An alternate reality for museum education'. MCG museums and games symposium, Belfast, May 2013.