our Play book with @alisonrjames and many many others is now in production

We have received notification that our edited book with Prof. Alison James is now in production. Alison and I have, and also all contributors, worked on this for a long time now and it is amazing that we are almost there now. We even have a flyer!!! See below 😉

The Power of Play in Higher Education_flyer

It all started when I first met Alison back in 2013 at the annual SEDA conference and our love for playful learning united us. We stayed in touch and our professional relationship developed into a deeper friendship. We created opportunities to do some work together over the years and got the opportunity to co-edit a Creative Academic Magazine issue thanks to Prof. Norman Jackson who entrusted us to explore the use of play in higher education. We couldn’t believe how many people contacted us and how many contributions we received… so many that we decided to publish the issue in 2 parts…


Nerantzi, C. & James, A. (eds.) (2015) Exploring Play in Higher Education, Creative Academic Magazine, Issue 2b, June 2015, available at http://www.creativeacademic.uk/magazine.html

Nerantzi, C. & James, A. (eds.) (2015) Exploring Play in Higher Education, Creative Academic Magazine, Issue 2a,  June 2015, available at http://www.creativeacademic.uk/magazine.html

These earlier explorations into play and our own practices in this area, generated ideas for an edited book at the time where play as a concept in the context of learning and teaching in higher education was still very new.

Prof. Sally Brown kindly supported us putting a book proposal together and after some time we secured a book contract with Palgrave. Thank you so much Sally for all your valuable advice and guidance. Alison and I were delighted when we got the offer but knew the hard work was all ahead of us. At that time, I was still working on my doctoral thesis… but this didn’t stop us. Our plans were ambitious and we worked systematically on the book project to bring it to fruition. We were hoping to get contributions from practitioners from different disciplines and professional areas as well as from different parts of the world. We did and we are grateful to all colleagues who came forward and contributed to this book and made it such a rich collection. We have learnt so much through your stories.

There is still some work that needs to be done on the book. But it is now in production. We will be delighted to share the book with our contributors and the wider academic community.

LSPbook_coverOur openly licensed booklet around the use of LEGO in Higher Education will follow and there is still the opportunity to contribute to a special issue around the use of LEGO (IJMAR). See the open call here.

The Play book was a big and complex collaborative effort!

A big thank you to all contributors, Prof. Sally Brown for her valuable support with the book proposal, Prof. Bill Lucas who wrote the foreword, all colleagues who read the book and provided testimonials (they will be added to the back cover of the book) and Alison, of course, for working on this exciting book project together. It has been a joy. I loved our long Skype conversations and still do 😉


Calling all playful HE practitioners to join exciting book project

Dear colleagues

We would like to invite you to take part in our project to bring together global, scholarly examples of play in Higher Education.


Is play exclusively for children? image source

Play in Higher Education is currently largely unsung, but now creeping to the fore of the attention of the tertiary sector. We have done already some work with Prof. Norman Jackson and the Creative Academic online magazine which illustrates this well. In addition  we noticed that a number of conferences on Play in HE are being held this year – surely a sign of the zeitgeist?

So do please join us in building understanding of the contribution play makes to all disciplines in the tertiary sector and circulate to your colleagues worldwide so we can make this collection truly global.


… of all ages, image source

If you have any questions about the project do please get in touch with us and consider joining the Play in HE community at  https://plus.google.com/communities/103994615424006154336 .

For further info about this exciting project, please click here


All best

Dr Alison James & Chrissi Nerantzi