About me

I am a university lecturer and post-doc researcher at University of Lapland and a docent of playful and gameful learning at University of Jyväskylä. I Since 2003, my research work has focused on playful learning and on a “playful learning environment”, a play and game-based learning environment designed for 21st century education. My doctoral dissertation “The School of the Future: Theoretical and Pedagogical Approaches for Creative and Playful Learning Environments” (Kangas, 2010), was rewarded by professor Lea Pulkkinen Award in 2012. You can find my recent talks and presentations about this research area here.

My recent research interests include playful learning pedagogy, game-based pedagogy, children’s agency and wellbeing, learning and digital learning practices in formal and informal learning environments, multiprofessional collaboration, and teacher’s competences in 21st century education.


I am very inspired by innovative ways of learning and teaching, and by pure nature in Finnish Lapland where I live.

Contact information:
University of Lapland
Faculty of Education/ Centre for Media Pedagogy

email: marjaana.kangas(at)ulapland.fi
twitter: @marjaanakangas
Linkedin: Marjaana Kangas