Alles nur Spielerei? Playful Learning in der Universitätslehre / Just play? Playful learning in the university teaching How can we use analogue games as inspiration to enable learning and teaching in higher education. Course: Playful Learning Instructors Date Time Area Prof. Dr. Tina Freyburg & Dr. Rebecca Welge 14.03.2019 09:00 - 17:00 Gestaltung von Lehr- und Lernprozessen/ Designing of teaching and learning processes Course description and outline Playful or game-based learning is a form of learning where students may learn by trial and error and by treating a certain topic not as ‘content’ but as a set of rules, or a system of choices and consequences. It is generally pitched at the intersection of learning and play for adults. Playful in approach and outlook, yet underpinned by robust research and working practices, playful learning tools aim at providing a space where students can play, learn and think together. The majority of learning theories omit the emotional and physical aspects of the learning process. Playful learning tools, instead, foster an active and effective learning environment, emphasizing interactive and cooperative elements. This course focuses on two major objectives: Participants experience and reflect upon different ‘playful learning’ settings. They get to know existing ‘playful learning’ tools, created to address complex issues in an interactive way; Participants experiment with applying a playful approach to transfer academic knowledge. Overall, the course offers a hands-on session during which participants will explore the use of analogue games in an educational context and reflect on using them in their own teaching context. Content Familiarizing with innovative teaching methods that emphasize active and engaging in-class settings; Discussing what playful learning tools might be most suitable for what learning objectives and conditions; Identifying appropriate use of playful learning tools in processes of teaching and learning; Experimenting with playful learning tools, including the trial of mini-games. Course instructors Prof. Dr. Tina Freyburg works as Professor of Comparative Politics in the School of Economics and Political Science (SEPS) at the University of St.Gallen. She is a comparative political scientist with a background in international and European politics and a keen interest in applied social science methodology. In her research, she explores the chances and risks that emerge for democracy in a globalizing and digitalizing world. In her teaching, she is experimenting with playful learning tools, such as Lego or Taboo. For more information, please visit her personal website www.tina‐freyburg.eu Dr. Rebecca Welge works as a self-employed professional and consultant in the field of training and education. She is a social scientist, active in the area of democracy research, with a keen interest in applied political research, knowledge transfer, and innovative teaching concepts. Rebecca Welge co-initiated the network DemocracyNet and co-founded the association Demokrative, both active organizations in the field of applied political research and democracy studies, and is a co-developer of the project ‚teaching democracy with analogue games’ (see tube.switch.ch/videos/79fa6700). For more information, please visit her website www.rmwelge.ch. Note The course can be offered in English or German, depending on the preferences of the participants.