Methods and Tools

About the methods

Methods collected have in common that they are looking for different ways to share knowledge from the ones that are usually applied. At the same time, they are not so much alike – they are used in different settings, they try to achieve different outcomes, they are designed with different learners in mind and so on.

How we catalogued the methods

This is why we wanted to introduce tags as a way to help readers better navigate through the methods collected. These tags at the same time offer an overview of the ways in which collected methods depart from the usual teaching norm.

  • Ones marked by “ludic” aim to incorporate joyful elements and see knowledge sharing as also a playful process.
  • Those marked by “collective” aim to encourage collectivity and sharing, instead of individualised competition.
  • Poetic” ones diverge from the overly rational textual or visual forms, while “Processual” ones value the process of knowledge sharing at least as much as the outcomes and results.
  • Those tagged with “contextual” see knowledge as always contingent upon the context in which it is shared and want to put this context centre stage.
  • Finding ways to collectively own, shape and direct learning processes, resources and outcomes is the shared characteristic of methods marked by the “commoning” tag.
  • Finally, “experience-based” methods put learners in the position to have a hands-on, direct experience while learning about them.

Conceptual speed dating

The method is a “knowledge-sharing-speed-dating” in which the group of participants is separated into two groups – 1 moving group and 1 static group. […]

Collective improvised reading

The method consists in interactive/collaborative reading of multiple texts on an issue/question/topic by several users. […]

Learning in the round

‘Learning in the Round’ is a profoundly social process where learning is not a transaction but a transformation. All actors in the process are […]

Collective research exercise

“Research and observation working groups” consists of group work around a general topic proposed by a mentor in relation with contemporary topics […]

Role play with case study

Role-play is an instructional method based on experiential learning theory, which posits that learning by experience and reflection are best ways for adults to learn. […]

Take a side

The method engages participants in exploring and researching the topic/problem/issue, building their arguments and story line for or against a specific position. […]

Kinesthetic learning

Kinesthetic learning methods come in many forms, shapes and sizes. Some kinesthetic approaches are more about dealing away with the stress of sitting […]


Cuerpo-territorio is a participative knowledge sharing method rooted in South American practices, as well as indigenous, decolonial and feminist ontologies which understand knowledge, […]


Dugnad (unpaid, voluntary, orchestrated community work) is part of a design thinking family of methods, and was created by Kaos Pilots from Denmark in order to give […]

Postcards from the future

The “Postcard from the future” method is a visual, projective and intuitive tool to get insights into the beliefs and expectations of participants […]

Loesje method

Loesje is a writers collective founded in 1984 in the Netherlands. Over the years, this now international network has developed its own method of […]

School of freedom

A method of designing and realising educational programmes that is based on needs and competences of participants in the learning environment. […]

Pesnic?enje(poetry slam)

Pesnic?enje is an exercise in active poetry-making. It is a long-term project by Rex Cultural Centre from Belgrade which gathers all kinds of poets for public […]


Mentorship entails the exchange of knowledge and experiences between a mentor (a more experienced person) and a mentee (someone less experienced). […]

Ad-hoc Education and Research

Ad-hoc Education and Research method is based on the idea that for any new run of the course/program the curriculum is re-created each time a […]

Non-Human Perspectives

This method helps participants to consider perspectives and worldviews that are not necessarily human-centred. It does this by giving these other […]

History Lab

History Labs is Stockholm Museum of Women's History’s transdisciplinary method for reflection on questions that are challenging and complex. […]

The Historical Dinner

The Historical Dinner has been developed by the Stockholm Museum of Women’s History in order to inspire and spread knowledge about women’s lives […]

Ideas lab: Dreaming, thinking and discussing utopia

The Ideas Lab method is based on collaboratively developing and sharing ideas on a specific issue in a short period of time. This method is not […]

CEFEDEM music creation

This is a method of creating music but taking ones own culture and heritage as a starting point for exploration and inspiration. Step 1 - Using […]

CEFEDEM practice inquiry

Practice-inquiry is an exercise/project conducted long-term (one school year for example) first developed in a study program for musicians. […]

Archetype game - Transnational and postnational practices manual

This method is a prototype of tarot cards helping individuals or collectives thinking and exchanging about experiences and practices of working […]

Gamified workshop toolkit - values of solidarity game

A tool to promote collaborative communication and attitudes relating to the solidarity paradigm for people working together in arts and culture […]

Creative Europe an Partage - Sharing Creative Europe

This method is used to explain and exchange information about the framework of the EU Creative Europe program by using feedback based on […]

Behind the scenes tour of the archive

The approach is based on combining two concepts: Hands-on-learning: learners acquire knowledge and skills by doing, rather than by seeing or […]

Postmodern architectural freeze – teaching chronologies or histories of ideas

Images from history of photography, film, camera development, television, movable print, or any other discipline which is taught at universities […]

GIF-ed cultural heritage

This method asks participants to engage in the visual and ludic process of creating GIF pieces (Graphic Interchange Format). These can be photo […]