Is Having Fun in Higher Education the Way Forward?

“Why should children be the only ones who can have fun?” ask the creators of the Professors at Play project, Lisa Forbes and David Thomas, both teachers at the University of Colorado Denver in the United States. These two academics with atypical backgrounds realized that play and fun, despite their learning potential, are often underused in higher education. So in 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, when the transition to online education highlighted some of the limitations of traditional education, they decided to create a space for discussion, experience sharing and creativity to encourage the use of play and fun in higher education. This is how Professors at Play was born, a community that already has hundreds of members from around the world and will soon hold its second symposium in addition to publishing a first book, the PlayBook. In an interview conducted by the TALON online teaching and learning network, Lisa Forbes and David Thomas discuss game pedagogy in higher education and online learning. Here is the gist of what they have to say!

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