From games to play: what's the difference?
Approaches such as serious games and gamification for learning are now well established in education and business. In this talk, Nicola will consider the limitations of games, and discuss the concept of playful learning as both series of tools, techniques, and tactics, as a philosophy of learning to support innovation, and as a political manifesto. Using the metaphor of the magic circle of learning, she will consider the benefits of play for fundamentally rethinking teaching, learning and assessment practice, supporting learners to build resilience, manage risk, and develop intrinsically motivated learning communities.
Playful Learning, Teaching and Researching
No matter what your experience or involvement in education - whether student, teacher, designer, researcher or developer - you’ll know how serious it can be. Alex has taken it as a personal mission to prove that meaningful and important work can emerge by taking a playful lens to all these areas of practice. Drawing on game design principles, and synthesising play and learning theory, Alex will share his approaches, successes and failures..