Using Activities to Make Training Fun


A study of adult educators conducted by Pennsylvania State University doctoral student David Tanis found that playfulness creates a learning environment of “fun, enjoyment, and laughter,” and that their students notice cognitive gains in terms of “engagement, retention, and understanding.”

Ways to incorporate playfulness into the training classroom include the use of games and other activities, along with humor, which will be explored in this course.

Purposeful, well-thought out, and engaging activities in a training course can help learners apply new skills and knowledge, as well as retain that information in a meaningful way, while meeting learning objectives.


  • How to understand how training can include the use of activities
  • How to explore different types of games
  • How to identify methods to elicit participant buy-in
  • How to apply humor principles in adult learning
  • How to troubleshoot when activities go badly
  • How to develop their own activities


  • Let’s have some fun!
  • Getting everyone on board
  • Choosing the right activity
  • When activities go badly
  • Using humor in training
  • Balancing act
  • Quick and easy games
  • Creating a game
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