#PlayLearn October 2022 round-up

1 Shiny, new website!

New PLA website screenshot

You’ll notice that we’ve moved to a new email and web address: https://playfullearningassoc.co.uk/ It’s still a bit of a work in progress, but will become the home for the Playful Learning Association and our annual Playful Learning conference.

2 Next in person PLA eventPlayful Leadership

You are all invited to the autumn meeting of the Playful Learning Association, which will be held on 17-18th November at the University of Huddersfield, exploring the topic of Playful Leadership. We’re currently arranging the agenda – if you are attending and would like to offer a session/playtest/activity please contact the Katie or Alex. Sign up for Huddersfield now (Eventbrite)

3 Global perspectives on the Playful University – contributions invited

Nicola Whitton & Rikke Toft Nørgård are editing a volume on the philosophy of playful higher education and are very aware of Northern European biases. They are keen to include global perspectives and would like to build relationships with and invite contributions from globally, and in particular from colleagues based in Africa, South America and Asia.

If you are working in the area of play and learning in higher education and are interested in sharing your work and perspectives, as well as finding out more about collaborating, please get in touch with nicola.j.whitton@durham.ac.uk

4 Playful Learning Conference – revisited

Photo of Elliott Spaeth, man with glasses and a rainbow baseball cap

[EVENT POSTPONED] How do you decide how to teach or facilitate learning? Student-centred approaches are based on thinking about what we want our students to be doing, rather than only focusing on what we might want to express, but how do we know how our students might respond to the environments, activities, and materials we design? Dr Elliott Spaeth will be repeating his thought-provoking keynote from Playful Learning 20/21/22 as an online session on October 27th, and it is open to all: Sign up for Elliott’s talk now (Eventbrite) [POSTPONED]

…and hot off the press, Daisy Abbott will be running an online Twine workshop to follow from her conference session. Thursday Nov 24th 2:30-3:30.

5 PLA on a Podcast

L&T Chatshow logo

A new series of PLA member Roger Saunder’s L&T Chat Show has just kicked off and the first episode is Alison James talking about playful learning. Roger is looking for more participants for recordings after Christmas, so get in touch.

And many congratulations to Alison James on her new book, The Value of Play in Higher Education. You can attend her book launch or download the book (for free! Thanks Alison).

Book cover: The Value of Play in HE

Got news to share? Contact Katie, Alex or Playful Learning on Twitter and we can include you next time!