Published June 1, 2019 | Version Version 1
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LEGO® for university learning: Inspiring academic practice in higher education

  • 1. Manchester Metropolitan University
  • 2. University of Winchester


This booklet is a practical guide; it brings together the thoughts and experiences of the editors and colleagues across the UK who use LEGO bricks, or the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method to develop student learning, academic and professional practice and research.  It has been produced as a resource for academic developers and others who would like to start using such approaches in their own higher education contexts but need some additional ideas. While it celebrates the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® approach it makes a clear distinction between this method and other activities inspired by its principles and practices. LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® has territory in common with other creative methodologies which also use materials, metaphor and story. Suggestions are made as to how such other activities may be intertwined with the use of LEGO.


LEGO® and LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® are trademarks of the LEGO Group.

This book is not approved, authorised or endorsed by the LEGO Group.


This booklet is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons — Attribution Non- Commercial License 4.0 International (, which permits sharing and adapting of the material, provided the original work is properly attributed (see recommended citation), any changes are clearly indicated, and the material is not used for commercial purposes.

Note: Part 1 of this booklet is based on the following short paper made available under a creative commons licence CC BY for the OER14 Conference: Nerantzi, C & McCusker, S (2014) A taster of the LEGO® Serious Play® Method for Higher Education, OER14 Building Communities of Open Practice, Conference Proceedings, 28-29 April 2014, Centre for Life, Newcastle, United Kingdom.



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