About Colin Maxwell

Colin Maxwell is a college lecturer in Scotland, an Adobe Education Leader, a video game designer, and a comic book creator. He specialises in Interactive Media and Digital Imaging and is exploring the use of web technologies and social networking to enhance teaching and learning.


Twitter: @camaxwell

Web: www.maximized.co.uk

Comic books

King Robert the Bruce and the Wars of Independence (Writer)

Wallace and Moray: Guardians of Scotland (Writer and Illustrator)

Presentations / Conferences / Workshops

Adobe Generation Photo Imaging Crash Course – online courses for educators, July/August 2013.

Games for learning – Learning through Gaming (Festivall of Dangerous Ideas), Dundee, June 2013

Teaching Computer Game Design – tools and resources. 3rd European Adobe Education Leader Forum (online), February 2013.

Computer Science and gaming (online). United Learning Workshops, Adobe UK, February 2013.

Flipped Classroom, TQFE workshop. University of Dundee, Dundee, January 2013.

Learning out of the box. Connecting for Learning 2012, JISC/Colleges Scotland conference, Stirling, December 2012.

Adobe Generation animation course. Co-hosted the online course with Greg Hodgson. October – November 2012.

Intro to the Blender game engine. Workshops at the Computing at School (Scotland) conference. Edinburgh, October 2012.

Investigating MOOCs. Seminar at the E-Assessment Scotland 2012 conference, Dundee, August 2012.

Computer Games – Design Theory. Presented and hosted during two sessions of the Adobe Generation Computer Games Design course. Online, July 2012.

Playing Games in the Classroom. Led a workshop on creating video games with Blender & Adobe Flash. Scotland’s Colleges, Stirling, June 2012

NPA Computer Games Development. Led three workshops for teachers on delivering the NPA Computer Games Development. Scotland’s Colleges, Stirling, 2012.

CS6 On The Road. Presented on gaming technologies and qualifications at the Glasgow session of Adobe’s CS6 roadshow with Matt Eccles & Steve Burnard.

Flipping Art & Design! Presentation on using a ‘Flipped Classroom‘ model for a college Art & Design unit. Connected for Learning: Flipping the Classroom, December 2011, Stirling.

Adventures in Gaming. Delivering the NPA Computer Games qualifications. SQA Heads of Computing Event, Glasgow, December 2011.

5 Cool Tools – Teachmeet, Scottish Learning Festival, September 2011, Glasgow Science Centre.

Social Networks for Building Learner Communities – Computing and IT Subject Network Annual Conference, June 2011, City of Glasgow College.

Game to Learn: Take 2. Workshop presenter – ‘Flash! Bang! Wallop!’ making games with Adobe Flash & ‘3D Games for Free’ with Blender, March 2011, University of Abertay, Dundee.

Teachmeet Fife 2011. Co-organiser, presenter and technical support. March 15th 2011, Carnegie College, Dunfermline.

JISC Winter Fayre. ‘The VLE you can use between classes without losing your appetite (for learning) – Facebook as an alternative VLE, February 2011, National E-Science Centre, Edinburgh.

3D Imaging with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe stand, BETT, London, January 2011.

Teachmeet UK Snow. Organiser and presenter, December 2010.

Photoshop and Flash, Activities for the classroom, Adobe stand, BETT, London, January 2010.

Flash Games in The Classroom, Adobe stand, BETT, London, January 2009.

Embedding Employability Skills in the College Curriculum: A Scottish Experience, NISOD Conference, Texas, May 2007. With John McCann, Deputy Chief Executive of the Scottish Further Education Unit et.al.

Adobe Certified Associate certification and SQA Qualifications, Cardonald College, October 2008. With Craig Bewley, CEO Prodigy.

Team Play – Using Computer Games to Engage Learners in Teamworking, European Conference on Games-Based Learning, Paisley, October 2007.

Publications and Articles

2D Animation. Coleg learning materials, 2009.

Getting Serious About Games, Broadcast Magazine, Spring 2008

Team Play Hotel, a team working computer game. Focus on Learning 2.

Portfolio of work

Aladdin flying carpet scene & special effects. Production supervisor of the special effects sequence for the Aladdin pantomime at the Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline. December 2011.

Ruftoon Zoo, animation. First broadcast on Channel 4 (UK), July 2005.  With Thea Stevenson, Ian Low and Mary Simspon.

Think: Design. A microsite for Channel 4 on different aspects of design, incorporating videos and educational games.

Safe Fifer online safety. An interactive presentation for the Safe Fifer campaign to highlight online safety issues.

Other work


Career Education in the Digital Age, Tech & Learning, October 2007.

  1. Nicole Veerman
    October 12, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Hi Colin. My name is Nicole Veerman. I am a Master’s of Journalism student in Ontario, Canada and I am currently working on an assignment about Maker Culture and more specifically EduPunks. I saw that last year in one of your blogs you identified yourself as an EduPunk educator and I was wondering if I could possibly speak to you about your EduPunk efforts. If you would be interested, please email me and we will set up a time to speak by phone, skype, or tokbox.
    Thank you for your consideration.


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