Active & playful learning based on the example of business start-up - A contribution of ENI to the Day of Teaching and Learning.

July 16, 2021

On June 30, 2021, the Day of Teaching and Learning had its premiere at the University of Stuttgart. The Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Research also participated.

Equipped with Playmobil, Lego and Miro Board, it started off virtually on this day. Dr. Jordi Mauri, Startup Coach at ENI did not make a mistake in the date here, but deliberately chose the topic "Active & Playful Learning - Digital".

"In play you can get to know a person better in an hour than in conversation in a year" [Plato].

LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® (LSP), for example, is about doing things in our environment in a completely different way. By changing our thinking mode and mindset from work to play. Using a physical medium makes it easier to form thoughts and think multi-dimensionally. Incorporating a modular medium takes thinking to a multi-sensory level, making it more tactile and incorporating auditory, visual and kinesthetic learning.

PLAYMOBILpro is a model building kit for professionals that encourages problem solving and creative thinking in the workplace. The system is based on the iconic PLAYMOBIL figure, which has served as an educational toy that encourages imaginative play for generations. PLAYMOBILpro was born out of the interest and demand for gamification tools that introduce playful elements into work processes to achieve better results.

After this first introduction to the topic of "playful learning", things went directly, true to the motto of this track, into playing and experiencing in virtual space. With the help of digital tools, such as an online whiteboard, the participants were able to immerse themselves in LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® and PLAYMOBILpro. This playful and active approach holds enormous potential for the field of entrepreneurship and innovation research, which is concerned with creativity and problem solving in many different facets, but also in the mediation of these topics within teaching.

"By teaching the content in a playful way, the participants got into a creative flow. Everyone got involved and complex topics could be visualized and thus made more comprehensible. With such approaches, all participants can see what is really meant," says Dr. Jordi Mauri after the workshop session.

Press release of the University of Stuttgart


This image shows Andreas Wahl

Andreas Wahl

Dr. rer. pol.

Head of Teaching

This image shows Melanie Minderjahn

Melanie Minderjahn


Career Service - Inner Development, Public Relations

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