3. Building Better Learning Experiences in Cancer Education with Advanced Serious Play
Wednesday, 12 October 2022, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM EDT (UTC -4:00)
Abstract: A learning experience in the context of Cancer Education is highly conditioned by the information format and the emotional connection of the participants with the media/materials. The purpose of our workshop is to provide educators with a new methodology (Serious Play®) based upon the iconic LEGO bricks that unconsciously will foster a deeper emotional engagement of learners. This media allows participatory and co-creative practices that will increase cancer literacy while improving knowledge and communication skills. The Serious Play® method combines different techniques in a multidimensional approach that optimizes the active learning of complex problems through a shared process. The methodology is based on many concepts from psychology, and behavioral neurosciences (Piaget, Papert, and Csíkszentmihályi) and offers patients an educational experience (often therapeutic and cathartic) that facilitates cognitive development and emotional engagement. The method provides all patients with a shared “language” regardless of culture, academic degree, or social position. The methodology encompasses communication and problem-solving techniques for groups facilitating the learning dynamic of the sessions. In the workshop participants will learn the basic concepts and advanced techniques of the Serious Play® Method and how to apply them to the cancer education context. Participants will learn about the core process – Question, Construction, Sharing, Reflection – and application techniques – making connections, building systems, playing emergents, and extracting simple guiding principles – while improving their facilitation skills. The “serious” part requires focusing on a theme/problem, while the play aspect emphasizes imagination, creativity, and sharing of information (3D model). Together these components are able to foster a deeper learning engagement. Through the proposed question, model construction, and associated metaphors, the facilitator can discuss with participants the knowledge and perspectives on a given topic/concept. Models are dynamic, serving as the basis for group discussion and sharing of new meanings while building new knowledge.
- Participants shall be able to identify at least two significant impacts of Serious Play® methodology in the learning dynamics of cancer education sessions.
- Participants shall be able to create a cancer education initiative with 2 advanced application techniques of the Serious Play® method.
- Participants shall be able to use the 3D models to review the information and knowledge about addressed cancer topics.
- Filipe Santos Silva, PhD, University of Porto and IPATIMUP