Workshop 05A - The Role of Play in Learning with Technology
PLEASE NOTE: Separate registration and fee is required to attend this workshop.

Tuesday, January 20 | 9:00AM–12:30PM | Bonaire 7-8
Session Type: Professional Development
From Plato and Piaget to the current day, scholars have noted the critical role of play in learning, yet the concept of playful learning still encounters significant resistance in higher education. Designing playful learning is a deceptively challenging task, one that requires a sophisticated understanding of play itself. In this workshop, you will hear from faculty about their experiences incorporating play into their courses, consider how technology can support playful learning, and try your hand at designing some "serious play." You'll also receive a booklet with examples, questions to consider in designing playful learning, and an annotated list of resources.


  • Barbara Draude

    Assistant VP for Academic and Instructional Technologies, Middle Tennessee State University
  • Gail Matthews-DeNatale

    Senior Associate Director, Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research, Northeastern University

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