About me

I’m working as university researcher in the Faculty of Education, Centre for Media Pedagogy at University of Lapland. Since 2003, my research work has focused especially 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 at University of Jyväskylä. In 2017, I was nominated as a title of adjunct professor in playful and gameful learning at University of Jyväskylä.

My research interests include playful learning pedagogy, game-based pedagogy, children’s agency and wellbeing, media literacy and digital learning practices in formal and informal learning environments, multiprofessional collaboration, and teacher competences in 21st century education. I currently work or have worked in the following research and development projects:


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 gameful learning)
University of Lapland
Faculty of Education/ Centre for Media Pedagogy

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