Playful learning research

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The Publishing Trap game used in the module EDM122

At City, there are a number of staff engaged in playful practices in relation to their learning and teaching activities, however, often these staff are unconnected to each other.  One of the challenges of developing and designing playful learning opportunities can be finding and connecting with others to experiment and brainstorm playful learning ideas.  In 2019 we created a playful learning special interest group supported by a Teams channel to provide support for staff engaging in play-based learning and teaching activities. 

However in 2022/23 Susannah Quinsee and I are launching a new research project. This research will 

  • Explore what playful learning means at City 
  • Consider how play has been used in relation to remote learning to engage students
  • Consider what support and development is useful for staff engaging in playful learning techniques
  • Develop more playful approaches to general university “business” such as committee meetings and other activities
  • Explore the notion of “playful leadership” and how this could be developed at City.

We’re hoping to recruit staff from the MA in Academic Practice and members of the playful learning community to join some focus groups to help us understand more about how play is being used at City and how play could be used by staff. We use play in a number of modules, including the modules EDM121: Leadership in Higher Education and EDM122: Digital Literacies and Open Practice. Involvement in the research would be via a focus group. A participant information sheet is available with full details of the project. If you have any questions about what is required of participants please do not hesitate to get in touch

Should you wish to take part, we ask that you complete this short Qualtrics form by 8th December 2022.

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