Exploration: ESCAPE! Puzzling Out Learning Theories Through Play

  • Jennie MillsEmail author
  • Emma KingEmail author


Research indicates that academics are frequently resistant to professional development. As academic identity is built upon expertise, therefore the state of unknowing which often accompanies professional development can cause feelings of disempowerment and alienation. This escape game (in which participants are locked in a room and work collaboratively to make their escape) presents an opportunity for new teaching staff to experiment with unfamiliar pedagogic concepts through play. Disorientation is made safe, and participants increase their competence and confidence by working together to solve problems. Entering as novices, participants leave the room as heroes of their own adventure with teaching and learning.


Escape rooms Game-based Rewards Puzzles Learning theory Emotion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of WarwickCoventryUK
  2. 2.Keypath EducationCoventryUK

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