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Learning @ Lunch Seminar - Exploring Playful Learning

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Delivered by: Professor Nicola Whitton

Wednesday 28th March 13:00 - 14:00pm, Simon Building, Room 5.08

In recent years, there has been an increased interest in the use of playful approaches in higher education. This encompasses a range of techniques and practices, from video games to Play Doh, and a way of reimagining learning design. This session will present a model for Playful Learning as a pedagogic approach and philosophy of learning and teaching.

Areas covered will include:

  • The importance of play in adulthood and differences from childhood play

  • Background to Playful Learning and emergence of the field

  • Definition and rationale for Playful Learning in Higher Education

  • Signature pedagogy of playful learning

  • Examples of playful learning in practice

Delegates will leave the session with a good understanding of:

  • What is meant by ‘Playful Learning’ and why and the benefits it offers as a pedagogic approach.

  • A theoretical model for a signature pedagogy of Playful Learning.

  • Different ways in which playful approaches can be used in higher education.

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