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2009 Workshop

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The Role of Play in Learning with Technology  


Pages in this wiki: Play Theories, Designing for Play-Based Learning, Bib/Webography, Quotes 



This site was originally developed for a January 2009 Educause Learning Initiative (ELI) pre-conference workshop.  We have continued to add to the site, and we have also given several  additional presentations on the topic.  For your convenience, subsequent presentations are also linked within this wiki in the Bib/Webography section.



Gail Matthews-DeNatale, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Academic Technology

Simmons College, Boston

Barbara Draude

Assistant Vice President for Academic and Instructional Technologies

Middle Tennessee State University


Learner ScrabbleAbstract: 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." 



Pre-Conference Workshop Agenda


In play a child always behaves beyond his average age, above his daily behavior. In play it is as though he were a head taller than himself.

- Lev Vygotsky

8:00-8:15 Introductions


8:15-8:30 Overview: Theoretical Models of Play (Gail)


8:30-8:50 Examples from MTSU (Barbara)


8:50-9:00 Stretch Break


It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them.

- Leo Buscaglia

9:00-9:15 What Are You Doing with Play?


9:15-9:30 Designing for Play-Based Learning

     Video Interview with Prof. Mary Jane Treacy


9:30-10:00 Refreshment Break


10:00-10:40 Planning Exercise: Try Your Hand


Do not … keep children to their studies by compulsion but by play.

- Plato

10:40-11:00 Planning Group Reports


11:00-11:30 ELI ARG Sneak Preview 


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