From Plato to Kant and from Froebel to Piaget, philosophers, biologists, educators and psychologists have tried to investigate, understand and explain the roots and purpose of the ubiquitous behaviour of play. According to several studies, play and creativity have been linked in numerous ways, as play has been found to facilitate insight ability and divergent thinking.

Actually, play has long been an essential tool for learning. For some time now, a number of educators around the world have come to realise that games are problem-solving activities approached with a playful attitude. That’s why they engage and excite students, resulting in deeper learning and development of various skills when used for educational purposes. However, along with its influence in all areas of society, technology has brought many changes in the playtime as well. For instance, kids nowadays can create their own games instead of going to the closest store to buy one, or they can immerse themselves in virtual or augmented reality experiences to play.

The Learning with creativity: Let the game begin! course aims to encourage primary and secondary teachers from all subject disciplines to reflect about the importance of learning through play and to show them ways to introduce games in the classroom. This MOOC is especially valuable for teachers who want to promote learning with games, creating through games and creating games, and it will serve to provide participants with various tools, resources and practices for a more efficient and innovative teaching and learning.

Join us on this unique course at the Teacher Academy and find out some useful resources and ideas to make your lessons more engaging by implementing game-like learning principles in your teaching, aiming at bringing play-based learning into the classroom. Get inspired and earn a certificate recognising your work!

To get the most out of the course, you can participate in our Facebook group or share your thoughts on Twitter using the hashtag #gamescourse! Introduce yourself now and… let the game begin!

List of modules

Course Introduction Start date
29 Apr 12:00
End date
12 Jun 23:59
Module 1: Breaking into games Start date
29 Apr 12:00
End date
12 Jun 23:59
Module 2: Learning with games Start date
06 May 12:00
End date
12 Jun 23:59
Module 3: Creating through games Start date
13 May 12:00
End date
12 Jun 23:59
Module 4: Emerging into the world of game design Start date
20 May 12:00
End date
12 Jun 23:59
Module 5: My funtastic class Start date
27 May 12:00
To join the course, please first register or log in to the School Education Gateway.

Start date

Monday, 29 April 2019

Duration

The course runs for 6.5 weeks, with a total number of 5 modules (one module per week), and including 1.5 extra-grace weeks at the end of the course. The estimated workload is 3 hours per week.

Target audience

The course targets any teacher that wants to introduce the element of play in their classroom. This course provides an introduction to the topic.

Certification

You will receive a course badge and a course certificate upon completion of the full course. All badges can be exported to the Mozilla Badge Backpack.

Note to teachers from Portugal: You can get your successful participation in a Teacher Academy course formally recognised as valid continuous professional development, and thereby acquire the relevant number of training hours, by sending your certificate to the Conselho Científico e Pedagógico de Formação Contínua (CCPFC) at Rua do Forno, nº 30, 1º andar - apartado 2168, 4700 - 429 Braga, Portugal. For more information, please contact the CCPFC.