Offering an innovative and dynamic approach to adult learning, Playful Learning explores the potential of play in adulthood with the goal of helping educators, corporate trainers and event designers incorporate play-based activities for adults into both educational and work settings.

Through a comprehensive overview of the value of play in adulthood, this book responds to the growing popularity of playful events for adults in academic and business settings designed to promote higher levels of engagement. Drawing on the authors’ own decades of experience at the forefront of the field, this helpful reference incorporates strategies and techniques for bringing play into any learning design. Examples and case studies of successful playful design at conferences, training events, and in higher education illustrate what effective playful event design looks like in practice.

With a multi-sector appeal that spans business, education and entertainment while bringing together practice and theory in an accessible manner, Playful Learning is a must-have resource for researchers, practitioners, managers and administrators alike.

part I|1 pages


chapter 1|4 pages

Introducing Playful Learning Events

ByAlex Moseley, Nicola Whitton

part II|1 pages

Designing Playful Experiences

chapter 2|13 pages

Play and Learning in Adulthood

ByNicola Whitton, Alex Moseley

chapter 3|15 pages

Designing Playful Events

ByJames Charnock

chapter 4|13 pages

Play for Different Audiences

ByRosie Jones, Alex Moseley

part III|1 pages

Creating Playful Spaces

chapter 5|13 pages

Playful Interludes

ByLiz Cable

chapter 6|13 pages

Playful Training

ByAndrew Walsh

chapter 7|11 pages

Running a Playful Event

ByEmily Shields

part IV|1 pages

Engaging People Playfully

chapter 8|12 pages

Creating Immersive Experiences

ByGiskin Day

chapter 9|11 pages

Building Playful Partnerships

ByDavid Woolley

chapter 10|10 pages

Designing Conference Games

ByKatie Piatt

part V|1 pages

Playful Practice

chapter 11|11 pages

Playful Presentations

ByAlex Moseley, Rosie Jones

chapter 12|10 pages

Playful Tools and Technologies

ByKatie Piatt

chapter 13|13 pages

Playful Evaluation

ByMark Langan

part VI|1 pages


chapter 14|3 pages

Future Play

ByNicola Whitton, Alex Moseley