The Journal article was called ‘Playful learning in higher education: developing a signature pedagogy’. The article encouraged activities to go beyond play or games as a means of enhancing engagement or increasing motivation as these can often have the reverse effect if overused. Instead it encouraged the use of a signature pedagogy to provide a model for playful learning that promoted deep learning.
Jo Conlon, who attended the session, created a visual summary of Shulman’s signature pedagogies to help colleagues understand the model for playful learning (see opposite):
The article sparked much discussion and applications of playful learning already adopted across the University. These included examples of using quizzes through the following audience response technologies:
- Quizalize: https://www.quizalize.com/
- Quizizz: https://quizizz.com/
- Nearpod: https://nearpod.com/
- Kahoot!: https://kahoot.com/
- Turning point: https://www.turningtechnologies.com/
The take home messages from the participants of the journal club at the end of the session were as follows:
- Learning to fail is good and it is essential to help students do this in a safe environment
- Always bear in mind what you are trying to do as an educator – come back to that – pedagogy first
- Using signature pedagogies as a lens through which you can examine your own discipline and learn from other disciplines as well
- Surface game element is less important than what is underneath it – need a reason to engage in a particular way
- Communicate the game carefully and inclusively
- Left me wondering how to design those playful experiences – need guidance and a starting point
- It is good to bear in mind the outcome when you design and deliver the games – the attitude you have is important as well
- Colleagues in SBS with final year project students can create a game – what can you do with them?
- Take a risk as educators
- Need evidence that playful learning works to ensure this is valued and colleagues are given the time to pursue this
Continue the conversation through our Yammer Pedagogy Journal Club.