Play to learn – fun and games* for GLAMers and educators

*and ALIA-approved professional development

A special, free showcase series of learning-sector-focused games days at my home (Western suburbs of Melbourne, near train & bus, subject to relocation depending on numbers) for GLAM folk, educators, and others.

Whether seeking to correct a cultural blind spot you may have inherited about the playful arts, beginning to develop your play literacy, or just wanting to build networks and have fun with others in the learning sectors, everyone is welcome to join us (as long as we have room).

Note that ALIA has confirmed that these sessions, plus suitable reflection as normal, are eligible to count towards your 30-hour PD requirement.


When Topic & discussion Games
Sun 18 March
[DONE] General tabletop games
Relevant literacies and the state of non-electronic play
Codenames, Fluxx, Spellbinder, Nobody But Us Chickens, BYO
Sun 25 March
[DONE] Co-operative games
Social contract and co-op skills
Hanabi, Pandemic, Codenames: Duet, Escape: The Curse of the Temple
Sun 1 April
Sun 8 April
[DONE] Ongoing games (trading card games, living card games, and legacy games)
Organised play communities, probability/ financial literacy, nomic/exception-based rulesets
Magic: the Gathering (with free starter decks to keep)
Sun 15 April
[DONE] Roleplaying games
Range of RPGs, metacreativity, roleplaying/imagination, health, and learning
Dungeons & Dragons
(please indicate if you can DM)
Thurs 19 April
Mr Griffiths
Social games
Psychology and theory of mind, team-building, and social connection
NB: different venue
Sun 22 April
Story games
Breadth of story games, genre as story rules
Fiasco, possibly others
Sun 29 April
Experience games
Exploration of range and possibilities of experience games, play as second-person art

All are welcome to attend whichever sessions you like, as all will be basically stand-alone. All Sunday sessions will have core content finished between 4 and 5 pm, but people will be welcome to stay on for dinner and continued play if they wish, both for pleasure and to cement their learning.

Places may be limited, especially for later sessions. RSVP using the contact form below.

No charge, but if you can, please bring some food or non-alcoholic drink to share.

Finally, if you enjoy the sessions, please consider donating to support our work to support GLAM folks and teachers to get caught up on and make the most of play and games, and ultimately to create a world-class Institute of Play in Australia.