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1st Edition

Playful Learning
Events and Activities to Engage Adults

ISBN 9781138496446
Published April 22, 2019 by Routledge
204 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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 

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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.