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Pre-Conference Workshops

Stimulating Social Learning by Playful Design & Humour

Date Wednesday, Dec 1  Time   –    Room Schöneberg

In this evidence-informed workshop we will explore playful design in work and learning. You will walk away with 50+ ideas to use humour and playfulness in your own designs.

We all moved to online working and learning during COVID. We learned that social connections are crucial for resilience in organisations. Without these connections to our organisations and colleagues, we experience fatigue more easily and are at a higher risk of burn-out.

We believe that the future of work and learning is blended and hybrid. So online connectivity and the capacity to stimulate social connection and social learning will be crucial. And humour/playful design will be a critical element. In this workshop you will learn what the evidence says and will start experimenting with humour/playful design.


9.00 - 9.15 Walk-in assignment
9.15 - 9.35 Workshop introduction: humour seriously?
9.35 - 10.15 Humour styles explanation and test
10.15 - 10.40 Interactive presentation: the evidence for using humour and playful design
10.40 - 10.50 Introduction to BOB-cartoons
10.50 - 11.30 Break
11.30 - 12.05 Create your own BOB-cartoons
12.05 - 12.35 New ideas brainstorm
12.35 - 13.00 Takeaways and wrap-up


In this practical and evidence-informed workshop you will get to know the value of humour and playful design to increase connections. Expect inspiring examples and engage in playful design.

  • Know the scientific evidence for using humour.
  • Be more confident working with humour after trying and experimenting during the workshop.
  • Collect 50+ ideas to use humour and playfulness in your designs.
  • Be inspired to play with humour going forward

Who Should Attend?

Anyone interested in the topic. We expect people working in L&D, team leaders, HRD professionals, teachers and project managers.

Please note: make sure to bring your smartphone to this event.

As seats are limited, Pre-Conference Workshops require prior registration.

OEB speaker Joitske Hulsebosch

Joitske Hulsebosch

Consultant online and blended learning, Ennuonline, Netherlands

OEB speaker Ite Smit

Ite Smit

Director, WerkLeer

OEB speaker Steven van Luipen

Steven van Luipen

Director, Van Luipen Advies