Team Learning with Legos

This workshop will explore how team learning can occur by eliciting the embedded personal practical knowledge within teams while simultaneously exploring the team learning climate needed to elicit that knowledge. By utilizing design based learning experiences, such as LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® and design thinking methodologies, this workshop will provide hands on experiences along with storytelling and story-making to help participants more deeply explore team learning.

By the end of the workshop, participants will:

  • Utilize design-based learning strategies to explore team learning
  • Identify potential components of a team climate that supports team learning
  • Generate ideas on how to employ design-based learning experiences to elicit the personal practical knowledge that exists within each team member as a path to knowledge sharing, knowledge transferring, and knowledge creation within teams.

As more interdisciplinary, trans-disciplinary, stable, and rapid forming teams are needed to solve the complex problems organizations face, more effective ways of understanding how to quickly create the conditions for sharing, transferring, and creating new knowledge within teams is needed for organizations to not only be sustainable but to thrive. 

This workshop is targeted for participants with experience working on teams and/or leading teams within any context. This workshop applies to practitioners, academics, and/or researchers. 

Workshop Outline

  • Introduction to design-based learning experiences with a fun and interactive activity
  • LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodology will be utilized to engage participants in Lego building and storytelling activities around teams and team learning
  • Components of the Design thinking methodology will be used to generate ideas on potential uses of the participants' new understanding within other contexts


Michele Norton is a LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® trainer, as well as a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture at Texas A&M University. She has worked as a teacher, administrator, and consultant for developing coaching skills in school leaders. She was awarded teacher of the year during her time in the classroom for her work with the students. Her research interests are in developing transversal skills, designerly ways of learning, creativity and teams. She has worked on various NSF funded grants aimed at developing educators and leaders and works on research with professionals pursuing an engineering master's in leading technical teams. 

Jonathan Silk is a LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® trainer, as well as a Ph.D. candidate at Pepperdine University in Global Leadership at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology. He is an experienced leader and organizational leadership coach who brings lessons from experiences leading in the U.S. Army, teaching at the United States Military Academy at West Point and other experiences after transitioning from the military, such as developing the Leader Development program at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. He is a decorated veteran and a recipient of the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award. His research interests are in the connection of attachments styles, developing people and teams, emotional intelligence and organizational leadership.