Event Details

Registration for this course will open in late October. Please check back at that time.

  • REVISED to Support Online Strategies for Playful Learning
  • 5-week Mini Course on Your Schedule (2-3 hours per week)
  • Engage with the Lego Foundation-funded Pedagogy of Play “Playful Learning Core Principles”
  • Learn from Examples of Teacher and Student Work
  • Design, Use, and Receive Feedback on a Playful Learning Approach in Your Team’s Context
  • Gain Support from Course Coaches Who Are Teachers Experienced with Using Playful Learning (unlike webinars and one-time workshops)
  • Certificate for 10 Professional Development Hours – IB Category 3 Approved

Course Description:
Play is central to how children learn: the way they make sense of their world; the way they form and explore friendships; the way they shape and test hypotheses about their intellectual, social, emotional, and physical environments. Yet incorporating play into a classroom or formal school setting isn’t a straightforward endeavor, as the nature of play and the nature of school are often at odds. The “Let’s Play” five-week mini course, based on the research and frameworks developed in the Lego Foundation-funded PZ project “Pedagogy of Play” is an introduction to some of the core principles and practices of playful learning and gives participants opportunities to design and try out at least one playful learning approach in their own contexts. The course has been revised to support educators to learn about how to facilitate playful learning online, in a classroom and in hybrid learning contexts.  

Through virtual hands-on activities, illustrations from classroom and online practice, and experimenting with playful learning and teaching tools both online and in-person (when possible), participants will explore ways to bring more playful learning into their contexts. Whether participants are on an organization-based team or virtual team of individuals coming together to learn, the course’s team-based structure provides educators with important opportunities for peer feedback and collaboration. Teams work in small study groups with other teams facilitated by a coach experienced in teaching playful learning approaches.  

The course will explore the following key questions: What does learning through play look and feel like? How can a shared understanding of learning through play enhance a learning experience? How can educators create conditions in which playful learning can thrive? Discussion will consider the opportunities and challenges of incorporating play into the classroom and will draw on teacher-researcher practices developed through the Pedagogy of Play research initiative at Project Zero and partnering educators in Denmark and South Africa.
Course Logistics:
Team-based: The course is team-based, and registration is for teams of 3-5 people. We recommend that team participants work at the same school or organization. However, this is not a requirement. We welcome individuals who want to join the course. They will be placed on virtual teams to work with others who have registered as individuals.  
Participants in this online mini course should anticipate a time commitment of about 2-3 hours per week over the five weeks of the program. This online mini course is not linked to a degree program, and Harvard Graduate School of Education academic credit is not available. However, participants completing course assignments will receive a digital certificate representing 10 professional development hours, and IB educators receive Category 3 professional development credit.

Course Cost & Registration: The 5-week course is $179 for individuals registering as a team of 3 – 5 people or $209 for individuals registering to be placed on a virtual team. To register, complete this registration form or click the red box at the top of the page. Admission is on a first-come, first served basis.

Scholarships: Scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis for those who qualify.  To learn more and apply, click here.  If you wish to register for the course using a possible scholarship, you must apply for the scholarship first. We are unable to give refunds to those who register first.

Group Discounts: Discounts (10% off registration price) are available for groups of 10 or more applying at the same time as a group.

To learn more about scholarships, refunds, substitutions and certificates, click here.