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Serious Play:enhanced teaching and learning presentation for Uiversity of Salford, UK on 21 February 2012.
Play offers a more empowered life = innovation and creative development, enhanced learning = Lifelong Learning!

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  • Carol Yeager, educator from the Empire State College, State University of New York since 1990. Carol is a creativity expert who recently lead a successful Massive Online Open Course in Creativity and Multicultural Communication. Course developer and teacher in Higher Education and lifelong learner. Yeager summarizes her passion with this quote from Louie Pasteur: “Change only favours minds that are diligently looking and preparing for discovery.”
  • Hello and welcome … please select a chair and put your name under it … you may have to share chairs. Make sure you are comfortable and take a minute to look around at all the chairs and we will get started shortly I am Carol Yeager, a lifelong learner and higher education learning facilitator (educator, if you are more comfortable with that tag). It is sunny and warm here in the Southern part of the US … since I work mostly by computer in distance education, I generally spend my winters in warmer climates than upstate New York … and home, is wherever I hang my hat and have an internet connection. Please let me know where you are and what the weather is like via the chat box. Thanks. Great! It is wonderful to see so many of you here today.
  • Welcome to Serious Play: a discussion of play for enhanced teaching, learning specifically, and life in general. As adults, I believe we need to thinking about making sure we have more fun, more play in our lives … working, learning and everyday living. This is not a new concept … adults at play … as you may recall from the You Tube video … and … as indicated by …
  • Some of our noted ancients ,,, I think they have summed it up quite nicely and it is as apro pro today, as it was then.
  • Play really is serious stuff and we need to add more =of it back into our lives. Let’s think about how we play as adults … sports, music, films and theatre … for me tv tends to be something that dulls rather than stimulates the senses so I have eliminated that one from my world. Once we leave the world of child’s play and grow to school, grow into adulthood and then to our more mature years (where old dogs are learning new tricks … my stage of life … somewhere … everywhere … we are pushed into a mode of “getting serious” … And so, let’s get serious … about play … and talk about how we need to continue to play, and why. Soe of us (me, for example) have not really learned how to act in public all the time … laughter and silliness are still a part of our daily exchanges. I think this is a good thing and it helps to set a climate for fun in much of the day’s activities; it opens neural networks for new perspectives and new perceptions … for new thinking and learning. A Toffler, in his 80’s book Future Shock said that the illiterate of the 21 st c will not be those who cannot read and write, but will be those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn … how can we best be prepared for this? I believe it is by being open and receptive to newer ways of communicating, to playing to learn and learning to play.
  • Lets think about some visual images and how they impact the neural network .. The synapses, information transfer pathways. In the Stuart Brown video, he talks about research and discoveries being made by people in the the US National Institute for Play and how these discoveries and influencing our neural networks and need to be exercised as adults as much as, if not maybe more then when we were youngsters, Go to next slides 7, 8, 9 (go out to video
  • Octavio Ocampo Don Quixote
  • I want to mention Luminosity , an online site that offers mental games and challenges designed to stretch your creative thinking skills. I’ve read a lot of praise in its favor, but I have not had the time to use it. Go figure. But I do love their slogan: “Reclaim your brain.” That’s the real challenge here. Can we reclaim ourselves and our brains? Can we think inside the box? It’s up to each of us to make it happen.   Creativity and creative problem solving are skills we need to navigate our ever increasingly complex societies.  
  • . How do we create a climate for enhanced learning, for those creative problem solving skills to work most effectively? Music, silence; alone or with noise around; a comfortable chair (think about the one you chose at the beginning of this session … ) do you go to your own special room, to a special mental space? Do you have the encouragement and support of thiose around you or are you pushing folks out of the way to get the space you need? Before you settle in, make sure you have what you need to be comfy, to surround yourself with a climate that is most conducive for creativity, for serious play. What do you need? Toys, snacks, heat or cool area?, sparse or ornately decorated? You choose and make it your own. …. Do make sure that once you have created this special climate for yourself, pay attention to taking frequent breaks to keep the blood flowing …. Get up and move around, dance if you like, do a few stretching exercises … and keep in mind, that if you are leading a group … they need to have breaks too! 3D play, within your climate area, can often be a stimulous and a challenge for you. Your neural pathways need some exercise too! The ruts get very deep and we need to find ways to continue making new pathways.  
  • . Picasso … one liners
  • participant white board draw one liners
  • . E. Paul Torrance, also known as “The Creativity Man,” spent years studying how creative approaches to education fostered successful results in children. Problem-solving skills were important, he thought, in challenging students to learn on their own, rather than passively absorbing the list of facts an authoritarian figure, such as a teacher, laid out for them. In more than 80 books and seemingly countless articles, Torrance dealt with the barriers that children were facing in the educational system. And that’s where he felt the need to confine his interests. It’s certainly a broad enough field, and one could go into all kinds of analyses of where the educational system could be improved. But what about the world of adults out there who never had their creative side nurtured? Our creativity wasn’t encouraged, and we lack developed sets of creative thinking and problem solving skills. Do we just leave these people alone because they didn’t get a so-called liberal education or a mind-stretching view of all that the world has to offer when they were younger? Should we even be trying to teach us old dogs new tricks? us to answer that question.
  • Some psychologists and education; research conclusions; personal observations.
  • How serious is play?
  • Some corporate experience in play
  • How are you comnig with your play? Here are some examples from other sessions I have led …
  • This is the Assistant Dean, Dr Betty Hurley-Dasgupta, of the Center for Distance Learning at Empire State College
  • And now for the fun. On the screen, you’ll see two lists of words. The challenge is to take a word from the first category and match it up with one from the second category. The connection could be as short as sentence or a full paragraph short story. Just imagine a world where you can play jacks on a lawn mower, for example. Post your answers on the board or in the side column, and have some fun. See if you can make two or three sets of pairings or even partners for all of the terms.  
  • urls to check out now! To get started on your serious play date!  
  • Serious Play Uni Salford Final2 W Notes

    1. 1. <ul><li>Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice </li></ul><ul><li>Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Module </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Development </li></ul><ul><li> , Twitter: @pgcap </li></ul>
    2. 2. adapted from Nancy White, Change 11 presentation
    3. 3. Serious Play <ul><li>for enhanced Teaching and Learning </li></ul>Carol Yeager SUNY/Empire State College 21 February 2012
    4. 4. Ancient Wisdom <ul><li>You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation ... Plato </li></ul><ul><li>We are most nearly ourselves when we achieve the seriousness of a child at play ... Heraclitus </li></ul>
    5. 5. Play is serious stuff
    6. 6. Visual Play and Neural Research <ul><li>3 D play increases brain development in adults (National Institute for Play) </li></ul>
    7. 9.
    8. 10. Text Lumosity:
    9. 11. Openness to new thinking, new learning depends upon Climate ...
    10. 12. What can you draw with one line without lifting your pencil?
    11. 13. Continuation of one liners
    12. 14. E.P. Torrance <ul><li>Torrance Incubation Model </li></ul><ul><li>Heighten Anticipation </li></ul><ul><li>Digging Deeper Expectations </li></ul><ul><li>Extending the Learning </li></ul>
    13. 15. Education, Work and Psychology <ul><li>Embrace Ambiguity ... flow Mihaly Csikszentmihaly ... </li></ul><ul><li> 8 </li></ul><ul><li>Sir Ken Robinson: do schools kill creativity? </li></ul><ul><li> Y </li></ul>TED TED
    14. 16. <ul><li>A. Maslow ... “Almost all Creativity involves purposeful play” </li></ul><ul><li>Play is important to survival: from play to innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Social play as a learning medium </li></ul><ul><li>Vygotsky ... “Imagination begins to develop through play ... before play, there is no imagination” </li></ul><ul><li>When learning is fun, it becomes more intrinsic to lifelong learning. </li></ul>
    15. 17. How serious is play? <ul><li>Most people think the opposite of play is work ... not so, the opposite is boredom or depression </li></ul><ul><li>Life without play is depression </li></ul><ul><li>Imaginative play: storytelling </li></ul><ul><li>Play offers a more empowered life = innovation and creative development, enhanced learning = Lifelong Learning! </li></ul>
    16. 18. Serious Play in Corporations <ul><li>IDEO </li></ul><ul><li>Google </li></ul><ul><li>Apple </li></ul>
    17. 19. ?????? <ul><li>How are you coming with your play? </li></ul>
    18. 24. Resources for Serious Play <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Csikzentmihaly, M. 1996. Flow: the psychology of discovery and invention. New York, New York. Harper Collins. </li></ul><ul><li>Gardner. H. 2006. Five minds for the future. Boston. Harvard Business School Press. </li></ul><ul><li>Pink, D.H. 2005,2006. A whole new mind: why right brained will rule the futureLondon: Penguin Group (USA). </li></ul><ul><li>Robinson, Ken. 2009. The Element. London, England. Penguin Books Ltd. </li></ul><ul><li>Tharp, Twyla. 2006. The Creative Habit. Life.Simon&Schuster. New York. </li></ul><ul><li>Torrance, E.P., Murdock, M & Fletcher, D. 1996. Creative Problem Solving through role play. Benedic Books. Pretoria, South Africa. </li></ul>
    19. 25. Get Your Serious Play Started ...