Event Details

As of Wednesday, January 23, 2019, the "Let's Play" mini-course has reached its enrollment capacity. We are still confirming the registrations, so if you and/or your team would like to sign-up on our waitlist to indicate your interest in being considered for the course, please click here. We have not yet scheduled the next time the mini-course will be offered, but we will announce the dates on our website and through social media when they have been determined.

Scholarship are available. If you intend to apply for a scholarship please submit the scholarship application before registering. Please note that scholarship funding is limited and not every applicant will receive a scholarship. Generally, applications are considered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Most scholarships cover between 20% to 40% of the tuition.
Play is central to how children learn: the way they make sense of their world; the way they form and explore friendships; the way they shape and test hypotheses about their intellectual, social, emotional, and physical environments. Yet incorporating play into a classroom or formal school setting isn’t a straightforward endeavor, as the nature of play and the nature of school are often at odds.
 
In this mini-course, participants will consider some core principles and practices of playful learning. Key questions will include: What does learning through play look and feel like? How can a shared understanding of learning through play enhance a learning experience? How can educators create conditions in which playful learning can thrive? We will reflect on the importance of developing a common understanding of the phenomenon of playful learning and the opportunities and challenges of incorporating play into the classroom. Discussions will draw on teacher-researcher practices developed through the Pedagogy of Play research initiative at Project Zero and partnering educators from schools in Denmark and South Africa. Through hands-on activities, illustrations from classroom practice, and experimenting with playful learning and teaching tools, participants will explore ways to bring more playful learning in their contexts.
 
Participants in this online mini-course should anticipate a time commitment of about 2-3 hours per week over the four weeks of the program. This online mini-course is not linked to a degree program, and academic credit is not available. You will be eligible for a digital certificate representing 10 professional development hours upon successful completion of the mini-course requirements.
 
Registration and payment deadline is February 6, 2019.