Play, games and gamification have always been key concepts, instruments and methodologies for pushing our innovative teaching and learning agenda at the university and in other external research and innovation projects we are involved in. Collectively, the initiatives are branded as GameChangers. I talked about Remixing Play in my previous post and I have since spoken about it and run workshops on it in various events..
The GameChangers team have been working hard to finalise the details for the Remix Play summit (Feb 15th, 2017)and we are happy to collaborate with key actors in the play and games domain, who are going to share their experiences and run interactive workshops with us.
Descriptions below (taken from the main GameChangers website, which is currently undergoing a total revamp). Please see the website for the confirmed speakers and workshop facilitators.
The Remix Play Summit is hosted by Coventry University’s Disruptive Media Learning Lab (dmll.org.uk) with the aim of celebrating play in Higher Education. Moving beyond “gamification”, “serious games” and “game based learning”, the Remix Play Summit will examine the playful roots and meanings of these approaches and provide an interdisciplinary discussion space to explore the opportunities that play and playfulness can provide for both students and staff.
Questions for discussion include: What can play contribute to a “serious” learning environment? Can playfulness survive the increasing pressure students and staff are subjected to, to remain relevant in today’s rapidly changing world? Is there the risk that play becomes just another tool?
Through talks and hands-on workshops held by some of the leading figures in play, games and education studies (Ian Livingstone CBE, Bernie DeKoven, Sebastian Deterding, Nicola Whitton), we will seek to provide participants with the tools to build their own answers playfully, marking the beginning of new playful collaborations and experimentations with learning institutions and society at large.
The summit will be at the Disruptive Media Learning Lab, Coventry University, UK – 15th February 2017.
Big thank yous to the GChangers, event and web teams – Helen Keegan, Oliver Wood, Debra James,Cathryn Goodwin, Samantha Clarke, Luca Morini and Alex Master