About me

I’m working as university lecturer in the Faculty of Education, Centre for Media Pedagogy at University of Lapland. My research has mainly focused on understanding teaching and learning processes in various learning contexts, especially on the use of play, games and digital tools in 21st century education. Playful learning, students’ and teachers’ agency, digital media literacies and competences, out-of-school practices and creative collaboration have been at the core of my research interests. The research includes topics from early childhood to adult education. In 2019, I completed the REACH Acceleration Program in Silicon Valley. The program was provided by Nordic Innovation House locating in Palo Alto.

I have worked in many multidisciplinary research teams and research projects funded by European Social Fund, Business Finland, Ministry of Education or Finnish National Agency for Education (the list below):


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

Contact information:
Marjaana Kangas, Ph.D, Title of Adjunct professor (playful and game-based learning)
University of Lapland
Faculty of Education/ Centre for Media Pedagogy

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