The Playful University Club

Learning is created and nurtured through joy, engagement and play

Welcome

Welcome to our Playful University Club! We aim to CO-CREATE and promote a culture that can foster PLAY. This website is to share and develop playful academic practice.

Ultimately, we aim to make the University a place where learning is created and nurtured through joy, engagement and play, where learning to solve problems and overcome obstacles is a reward in its own right.

The Playful University Club will support students and colleagues to integrate play and playfulness within their daily lives and through their teaching, facilitating playful learning as part of a Compassionate University Community. In practice, this will occur through the co-creation and promotion of a culture that can foster play.

What people say...

I love your approach - I have been to a few workshops on play, and surprisingly, they were not very playful. But yours was. I love your short 'touch your toes' kind of activities. I love that you engaged us all in playing to learn. I love your three ideas about play: 1) it encourages risk; 2) it is not goal oriented, 3) it supports us to embrace failure. Basically, I loved it all.

Dr Aurora Murphy (Lecturer, Academic Language and Learning Group, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia)

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2021-02-09T18:33:43+00:00

Dr Aurora Murphy (Lecturer, Academic Language and Learning Group, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia)

I love your approach - I have been to a few workshops on play, and surprisingly, they were not very playful. But yours was. I love your short 'touch your toes' kind of activities. I love that you engaged us all in playing to learn. I love your three ideas about play: 1) it encourages risk; 2) it is not goal oriented, 3) it supports us to embrace failure. Basically, I loved it all.
Thanks again, Maarten, for hosting a great Playful University online session with Alke Groppel-Wegener. I really enjoyed the exercises she introduced and her teaching/making approach to learning is fresh and inspired! How fortunate her students are to have such an unconventional tutor.

Annie Murdock (CircleTales®, The Adventure Storytelling Game, www.circletales.com)

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2021-02-09T18:33:30+00:00

Annie Murdock (CircleTales®, The Adventure Storytelling Game, www.circletales.com)

Thanks again, Maarten, for hosting a great Playful University online session with Alke Groppel-Wegener. I really enjoyed the exercises she introduced and her teaching/making approach to learning is fresh and inspired! How fortunate her students are to have such an unconventional tutor.
WOW. I am so impressed that you managed to make us all so engaged on zoom yesterday! And to keep us after 5pm!

Dr Aurora Murphy (Lecturer, Academic Language and Learning Group, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia)

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2020-12-12T13:28:08+00:00

Dr Aurora Murphy (Lecturer, Academic Language and Learning Group, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia)

WOW. I am so impressed that you managed to make us all so engaged on zoom yesterday! And to keep us after 5pm!
Through the Playful University Club, I had an opportunity to take a short course on turning my research into a game. It was a unique and compelling process that got me thinking not only about my research topic, but also about the learning process more generally, and how we could use games as a mechanism for facilitating deep, but also joyful, education for our students.

Dr Caitlin Kight (Senior Academic Developer, SFHEA, PCAP, University of Exeter)

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2021-02-10T18:04:14+00:00

Dr Caitlin Kight (Senior Academic Developer, SFHEA, PCAP, University of Exeter)

Through the Playful University Club, I had an opportunity to take a short course on turning my research into a game. It was a unique and compelling process that got me thinking not only about my research topic, but also about the learning process more generally, and how we could use games as a mechanism for facilitating deep, but also joyful, education for our students.
The Playful University Club is a joyous find in my sometimes dry desert of EAP.  I came across the Monthly Meeting through Alke Gröppel Wegener, a pioneer in creativity in HE.  Since then, sessions from Nelressa Faye, Ian Turner and Pete King have all served as a reminder of why I came into teaching, how much I miss these creative approaches that I started out with and, more importantly, how I can integrate the ideas into my own teaching sessions.  Best of all, The Playful University Club is open to all and welcomes guests to the monthly meetings.  Thank you everyone at University of Exeter University!

Christine Lee (EAP Tutor, Centre for Academic Language and Development, university of Bristol)

The Playful University
2021-02-09T18:33:59+00:00

Christine Lee (EAP Tutor, Centre for Academic Language and Development, university of Bristol)

The Playful University Club is a joyous find in my sometimes dry desert of EAP.  I came across the Monthly Meeting through Alke Gröppel Wegener, a pioneer in creativity in HE.  Since then, sessions from Nelressa Faye, Ian Turner and Pete King have all served as a reminder of why I came into teaching, how much I miss these creative approaches that I started out with and, more importantly, how I can integrate the ideas into my own teaching sessions.  Best of all, The Playful University Club is open to all and welcomes guests to the monthly meetings.  Thank you everyone at University of Exeter University!
Thanks so much for letting me join you all last night add the Game Night. I learned a lot! Particularly like that book game.

Prof Alison James (PhD, Professor Emerita, University of Winchester, UK)

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2021-02-09T18:33:15+00:00

Prof Alison James (PhD, Professor Emerita, University of Winchester, UK)

Thanks so much for letting me join you all last night add the Game Night. I learned a lot! Particularly like that book game.
Attending regular games nights and games mornings has been a great way of de-stressing, connecting with colleagues from across the uni, and learning about fun new activities that I can use to jazz up my teaching.

Dr Caitlin Kight (Senior Academic Developer, SFHEA, PCAP, University of Exeter)

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2020-12-12T13:27:50+00:00

Dr Caitlin Kight (Senior Academic Developer, SFHEA, PCAP, University of Exeter)

Attending regular games nights and games mornings has been a great way of de-stressing, connecting with colleagues from across the uni, and learning about fun new activities that I can use to jazz up my teaching.
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Play Champions programme: Playful Field Trip

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