Exploration: A Dancer and a Writer Walk into a Classroom

  • Seth HudsonEmail author
  • Boris Willis


Providing personal reflections on past playful experiences in the context of current practice in university instruction, this exploration examines how play can enhance teaching in game design and game writing courses. The authors make the case for reflective practice that calls on past experiences of play and personal identities as players, to optimize the implementation of play in pedagogy. Presenting narrative scenes from the classroom along with reflection, the exploration also highlights how disciplinary backgrounds—dance and writing, respectively—inform playful approaches in the classroom by fusing the personal and professional identities of the instructor.


Playful classroom Game Story Competition 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.George Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA

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