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Playful Learning

Events and Activities to Engage Adults, 1st Edition

Edited by Nicola Whitton, Alex Moseley


188 pages | 26 B/W Illus.

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Offering an innovative and dynamic approach to adult learning, Playful Learning explores the potential of play in adulthood with the goal of helping educators, corporate trainers and event designers incorporate play-based activities for adults into both educational and work settings.

Through a comprehensive overview of the value of play in adulthood, this book responds to the growing popularity of playful events for adults in academic and business settings designed to promote higher levels of engagement. Drawing on the authors’ own decades of experience at the forefront of the field, this helpful reference incorporates strategies and techniques for bringing play into any learning design. Examples and case studies of successful playful design at conferences, training events, and in higher education illustrate what effective playful event design looks like in practice.

With a multi-sector appeal that spans business, education and entertainment while bringing together practice and theory in an accessible manner, Playful Learning is a must-have resource for researchers, practitioners, managers and administrators alike.

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction

1: Introducing playful learning events

Alex Moseley and Nicola Whitton

Part II: Designing playful experiences

2: Play and learning in adulthood

Nicola Whitton and Alex Moseley

3: Designing playful events

James Charnock

4: Play for different audiences

Rosie Jones and Alex Moseley

Part III: Creating playful spaces

5: Playful interludes

Liz Cable

6: Playful training

Andrew Walsh

7: Running a playful event

Emily Shields

Part IV: Engaging people playfully

8: Creating immersive experiences

Giskin Day

9: Building playful partnerships

David Woolley

10. Designing conference games

Katie Piatt

Part V: Playful practice

11. Playful presentations

Alex Moseley and Rosie Jones

12: Playful tools and technologies

Katie Piatt

13: Playful evaluation

Mark Langan

Part VI: Conclusion

14: Future play

Nicola Whitton and Alex Moseley

About the Editors

Nicola Whitton is Director of the Durham Centre for Academic Development and Professor of Education at Durham University, UK.

Alex Moseley is a National Teaching Fellow and Head of Curriculum Enhancement at the University of Leicester’s Learning Institute, UK.

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