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. Recently, I have completed the REACH Acceleration Program in Silicon Valley with the aim of establishing a StartUp to the EdTech market. The program was provided by Nordic Innovation House locating in Palo Alto.

During the years 2003-2019, 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 fo 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-basedl learning)
University of Lapland
Faculty of Education/ Centre for Media Pedagogy

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