Kevin Bell Ed.D


Kevin Bell comes from Newcastle in the UK, taking his B.Sc. in Analysis of Science and Technology from Manchester University before spending two significant periods of his professional career overseas. After nine years in Japan where he taught English in Kishiwada High School and at a private language school in Osaka, he moved to the United States in 1999, initially to take his Master of Arts in Teaching at Marlboro College in Vermont.
Post-graduation, Kevin’s dot.com work segued into academic leadership roles, most recently at Western Sydney University where he was their Pro Vice Chancellor Digital Futures, leading their online course development, microcredentialling and learning space development in their (21st Century) vertical campuses.
At Northeastern University in Boston he headed the Online Experiential Learning group and served four years as Executive Director and Senior Fellow for the Lowell Institute Innovation Incubator (Li3). The Institute was funded with a $4M “First in the World” federal grant with his research as Primary Investigator on intrinsic motivation of under-represented minority groups central to the application.
Prior to Northeastern, Bell was at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) where as Chief Academic Officer he was integral in the scaling of the largest not-for-profit online operation in the US. At SNHU he was the academic lead on the first federally approved Competency-based, Direct Assessment degree; College for America.
He received his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania in 2014 with research into gameful design and student engagement in online courses. His thesis evolved into the page-turner: Game On! – Gamification, Gameful Design and The Rise of the Gamer Education (Johns Hopkins Press).
On leaving Western Sydney at the end of 2019, he served as Digital Futures (Education) Consultant for KPMG Australia before joining Janison, a provider or remote, proctored examination services as their Head of Strategic Global Growth.

The Game of Life - How Experiential Learning and Gameful Design can, and do, Intersect

In a review of the Intrinsic Motivators inherent to effective gameful design, this presentation will compare aspects of gamified experiential education with s recommendations as to how the best can be made of both these philosophies.

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