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Online Course

Exploring Play: The Importance of Play in Everyday Life

The University of Sheffield via FutureLearn

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  • Language English
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  • Duration 7 weeks long
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This course from the School of Education at the University of Sheffield will encourage you to think differently about play.

We’ll discuss definitions of play and current debates about how the nature of play changes. Does play help us to learn? Can it prepare young people to be successful in the adult world? Are all forms of play good for us?

Play is a fundamental part of innovation and creativity across a whole range of subjects, careers, disciplines and industries, from fashion and engineering to teaching and business.

This course will be of interest to you if you wish to work or study in the fields of psychology, playwork, childhood studies, play therapy, hospital play, teaching, childcare, or if you just want to better understand your relationship with the children in your life and your own play.

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Elizabeth wood

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Reviews for FutureLearn's Exploring Play: The Importance of Play in Everyday Life Based on 66 reviews

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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I started on the course, not thinking that there were so many strands to play this course has made me realise that play is everywhere when you use your imagination! It was good to find out about the history of toys and the different material used in different cultures. I realised that there was difference, to when grandparents were children to now in the 21st century. I could reflect on my childhood experiences and realise that I had more opportunities to play outside with no restriction! I now realise that play can be ‘serious play’, such as students learning chemistry through virtual activities. I now know that play can be very adaptable in different activities for children and adults with disabilities. I was Very apprehensive about the ‘Virtual World’ but I now understand that it can help with different skills and wellbeing.
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Easter S
Easter completed this course.
I enjoyed, I wish I could do it a bit quicker and involved more to make comments. I found disturbing to promote technology as a good and helpful thing but I accept the explanation and changed my mind about it. I felt a bit sad about the final test, you can do it only if you upgrade. It's fine, I understand, end of the day is a business and a good try to make money. I am not blame you. Thank you for the opportunity, all the useful information and the extra reading suggestions. It was a pleasure to be part of this course.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
The course covers a broad range of topics and shows how play is integral to our personal development. It also shows how it is affected by factors such as urban design, access to facilities, the application of new technology, disability and the concept of universal design. The course presenters are experts in their fields and are able to convey complex ideas with clarity. This is a course which makes you think and challenges some of your pre-conceptions about play and its role in our lives and societies.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
The Exploring Play course has been an eye-opening, thought-provoking and extremely informative course. As a teacher in a primary school but with experience and training in secondary education, I have found this extremely useful for my professional development. It has explored and unpicked what play is...
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Really great course, easy to follow and topics broken down into bite-sized chunks. I have worked for many years in SEN, mostly with children with ASD, and currently in our Early Years provision. The course has made me re-think how children play and why they play, and how we as adults can facilitate...
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Anonymous completed this course.
Really great course, easy to follow and topics broken down into bite-sized chunks. I have worked for many years in SEN, mostly with children with ASD, and currently in our Early Years provision. The course has made me re-think how children play and why they play, and how we as adults can facilitate...
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I found this course very interesting and informative. It gives a deeper understanding of value of play in children and young adults life. It give a background about what is play , how it evolved, what are its benefits on the healthy growth of children. How it can help them being a all rounded personality....
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The course was wide ranging in research and very relevant. I particularly enjoyed and learned a great deal from the section on disability and play. The audio/video sections were very well presented and were not overwelming or onourous in length given that they involved watching a person(s) speaking. In fact the structure of the course was well balanced with text, video and discussion. Each week was just long enough, any longer and I would have questioned if I would finish it. The indicators of progress and 'how many steps complete /or left to do in each week was very motivating. The referencing was brilliant and the further reading was very specific and manageable on top of the course time. Well done Sheffield University, a brilliant course.

I recently completed just a one hour training through OU about play and it was desperately dry and hard to get through.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Really enjoyed this Play course. It was interesting and I feel I will take alot of new ideas with me. The videos where knowledgeable and the team where a great help. I feel I learned new aspects relating to play and will be putting these new activities into use when returning from lookdown.

It has made me think a lot about different kinds of play both indoors and outdoors. Thank you for all the information provided and links.

It was nice to hear from all the different agencies and groups and the projects they do. As a parent it made me remember and talk about how and what games we played as children, with my own family. I liked the skateboarding information as having a teenager myself it is good to hear of more of the skate parks being made as feel they don't have the same clubs, societies as the younger children. Will be looking into other courses to do now many thanks.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I highly recommend! This course has helped me to see the complex nature of play and how it is not confined to childhood - and to become more playful myself. It explores a wide range of play types, barriers and theories through various articles, videos and discussions. It is evident a lot of thought and hard work has gone into making topics relevant and engaging. :)

I would say it took me longer than the advertised 3 hours per week but you have to the freedom to interact with it as you choose. This was my first foray into an online course and has helped me gain confidence; I never contributed in uni tutorials but have loved joining in with discussions and expressing myself through writing.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I found the course to be interesting and has ignited my enthusiasm for learning, in particular in areas that I would not have thought; language and communication. There was a different topic each week and this helped attain my attention and for it not to wain. I was a little disappointed with not being able to take the assessment at the end without upgrading as I would have been interested in seeing how well (or not?) I would have done, but can understand why this is the case. The course has been like a little taster into further studies and as such has been successful, as it has made me want to ask more questions on certain topics and learn more. Thank you.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I really enjoyed this course and it really gave me a detailed insight of what play is all about and how complex it is..... I really found the outdoor play part very engaging and so true in the fact that children playing outdoors in a natural environment really opens their senses and gives them an opportunity to be in tune with nature....being a forest school leader myself and working with young children I know how important this is....

Very interesting also the section on virtual play and technology....loved play in the different decades and brought back lots of memories!!!

Well done very enjoyable and have recommended to my colleagues.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I thoroughly have enjoyed taking part in this course, and have learnt more about this important topic. when I first started week 1, I did not expect to be fully engrossed and become more and more curious with this topic especially as my first response was very limited when asked for my definition of play. Now I probably still cannot give an exact definition of PLAY, as it is such a complex subject but I definitely understand more about the importance of play and not only for young children. For me, virtual play and disabilities and play were the most intriguing. Thank you for such a great course.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I hadn't heard about the course at the beginning, but was requested to do it by my employers due to lockdown. At the beginning I was not too keen as I have done alot of online courses at the moment. However, I was pleasantly surprised. I found it informative, interesting and there was lots to learn. I particularly liked the format of the course, in that there were videos, reading, links, quizzes and discussion that made it accessible for all. There were certain units that I enjoyed more than others but I am sure there is something for everyone.

Thank you in putting this together

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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
This was a really exciting, stimulating and interesting course. It covered such a lot; play for young children,play for young people, play for people with disabilities and also play for adults. There was also information about play online which I had never considered. Also the information about play for adults talked about how organisations have introduced creative play to help the mental and physical well-being of the staff and also to help them be more creative if their work. Thank you so much to all those who contributed; both staff and other learners. Mary Stirling
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
The Course gave me a Fresh look on the Concept of play and ist importance in the lives of children as well as adults. Play has a crucial role in child´s development, both mental and physical in a very broad sense, as well as it can help adults develop their careers and enrich their adult lives. Thanks to the course I realised play is present in our world all the time although we do not think it is and we do not call varoius activities play, which they actually are! The course encouraged me to take play more seriously, i.e. to appreciate its presence and value it.
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Amanda D
Amanda completed this course.
A very thorough and informative course covering a wide range of play topics. A good starting point to encourage and kick start your imagination as to how you can incorporate more play into your teaching praactices.

This course has also braught back some great memories from my own childhood. The games i played at home and in the playground, who i played with and where i played.

It was also very interesting to find out more about virtual play.

Definately time well spent.

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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Fantastic course. I am mother to one teenager with autism and another who is typically developing and I have learned a lot about why they play like they do, and has helped me to see it's importance. I initially took this course as I run a lunchtime play club in my school where I work in the inclusion team. The club is for children with challenging behaviour who need support to play, and it has been invaluable for this too, with lots of great resources. Thank you.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I enjoyed looking back and discussing what we all played with, and because we all come from different back grounds, different ages and even different countries made it all the more interesting.Made me think about how people play with disabilities, the prejudice that still exist, How I could change play or introduce play where I work.

I think anyone taking part in this course will be surprised at what they learn. Play is not just for children.

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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Thought-provoking, informative, challenging...and fun!

Really well presented, with lots of supporting research, without ever feeling like a lecture series.

Helped by the engagement of fellow learners, all clearly inspired by the course content to share their own experiences.

The FutureLearn platform worked well. I accessed via an iPad, and everything ran smoothly (not always the case for all MOOC platforms, in my experience).
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