What is Lego® Serious Play®?

Lego® Serious Play® originates from the business world, initially used as a consulting method. It is versatile and subsequently means different things to different people. It is a method that facilitates problem solving through the use of Lego® bricks. It is a process where participants are guided through a series of steps which involve: thinking, building, storytelling and reflection. It is a communication tool, enabling diverse ways of communicating; visual, auditory and kinaesthetic.

Teaching fellow, Suzanne Faulkner who has utilised Lego® Serious Play® said:
This innovative teaching method really engaged the students, enabling constructive reflection and dialogue. The Lego® models themselves are in fact a means to an end, the methodology facilitates an environment where everybody participates, everyone builds and importantly everybody has a voice.
The 2nd year Prosthetic and Orthotics undergraduate students fully embraced this session where they built models to reflect the content of the diabetic risk stratification and triage system and the accompanying patient information leaflets, relating to low medium and high risk patients. The students thoroughly enjoyed this innovative approach to teaching. Positive feedback included: “It was a fun way to learn”, “we will remember these creations and the information accompanying them”, “the models aided in describing the subject area to the class” and “it brought out my inner five-year-old!”.
Lego® Serious Play® is a useful way to encourage creative and innovative thinking and facilitate in-class discussion on subtle or abstract topics. It is a technique which improves problem solving. Interestingly the University of Cambridge has just appointed its first "Lego professor of play", Prof Paul Ramchandani. The methodology has been adopted by NASA, IKEA, Samsung, and the University of Southampton to name a few.
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Suzanne was invited to participate in the coffee break networking session of the annual Learning and Teaching Conference at the University of Strathclyde to share her current experience of this. She is currently undertaking a Masters in Advanced Academic Studies where the focus is on the role Lego® Serious Play® in HE. In October she will undertake a course to become a qualified Lego® Serious Play® facilitator.