1st Edition

Playful Learning Events and Activities to Engage Adults

Edited By Nicola Whitton, Alex Moseley Copyright 2019
    204 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    204 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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 


    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.