Episode 141: How to Create Active, Engaging, and Playful Learning Environments with Dr. Victoria Mondelli and Dr. Joe Bisz
In episode 141 of the Lecture Breakers podcast, I’m so excited to welcome Dr. Victoria (Tori) Mondelli and Dr. Joe Bisz to the show. They just published their new book, The Educator’s Guide to Designing Games and Creative Active-Learning Exercises: The Allure of Play.*
Tori and Joe discuss why active learning and play are so important in teaching and learning, and they both share their favorite “go to” activities to promote student engagement, encourage connection and sharing, and of course, improve learning.
And, as we bring the episode to a close, they share tips and recommendations to help get students, and faculty, “buy in” to the playful learning environment which often goes against the norms and traditions we see in higher education.
Throughout this conversation, I know you’ll see just how well their work aligns with the mission of the Lecture Breakers podcast and fits so well with the conversations we have in our community.
Here are 2 playful ideas Joe and Tori shared in this episode!
- Get the book! The Educator’s Guide to Designing Games and Creative Active-Learning Exercises: The Allure of Play.*
- Check out the Allure of Play website for worksheets, resources, and more ideas.
- Connect with Tori on Twitter
- Get Dr. Susan Hrach's book Minding Bodies*
- Get Dr. Sarah Cavanagh's book The Spark of Learning*
- Get Barbi's e-book: 101 Unplugged Flipped Strategies for active learning experiences that don't require technology.
- Read Dr. Richard Felder and Dr. Rebecca Brent's article about student resistance to active learning and student-centered learning.
- Read the article about active learning and student anxiety (from Cooper et al, 2018)
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