Want to learn new pedagogical skills in an innovative way? Join this special training program uniquely designed for LIFE 2017 participants.

Date and time: Friday 20th, 15:00 – 18:00
Place: The Arctic Circle
Group size: 10 – 20 persons
Price: € 233 /participant
Includes: Transportation from the hotels, workshop, snacks and a handmade souvenir from Lapland.
Trainers: Marjaana Kangas and Pirkko Hyvönen
Booking: as part of the LIFE 2017 online registration process

Teachers and educators are increasingly interested in the power of playful learning in education. What is playful learning and how the pedagogy of playful learning can support 21st century learning; academic achievements and key competencies? How to imply the theoretical foundations of playful learning into educational practices?

Playful Learning Lapland is an innovative and engaging training program organized in exotic and beautiful Finnish Lapland. In the Life 2017 conference, the participants have an excellent opportunity to take part in the exceptional journey in the Arctic Circle, and learn how playful learning can be approached in a multifaceted way. Recent research has shown that emotional and pedagogical engagement are prerequisites for educators for using innovatively playful learning and related environments. Are you willing for engaging in playful learning, both emotionally and pedagogically?


Marjaana Kangas (Ph.D) is a university lecturer and a researcher at University of Lapland. She is a forerunner of the research on playful learning in pre and primary education in Finland, and a co-developer of a “playful learning environment”, an innovative play and game-based learning environment designed for 21st century learning (e.g. Kangas, 2010; Kangas & Ruokamo, 2012). Her doctoral dissertation "The School of the Future: Theoretical and Pedagogical Approaches for Creative and Playful Learning Environments", was rewarded by Lea Pulkkinen Award in 2012. Since 2003, she has worked as a researcher in many innovative research projects (Let’s Play, PlayIT, InnoPlay, InnoSchool, Omnischool), and participated in the development work of playful learning environments, and focused on the research on the best practices in the future school. Home page:  Twitter:


Pirkko Hyvönen (PhD, Docent) works in the University of Lapland as an Associate Professor. Her expertise is in technology-enhanced playful learning and teaching in different age groups. She is the first academic exploring pedagogical modelling of playful learning and teaching, and affordances of playful learning environment in her doctoral dissertation. She has developed teaching and learning processes, where playfulness and creative collaboration are employed and studied within different age generations, both in formal and informal contexts. Earlier, she worked as a leader of the LET Master’s Degree Programme and a principal investigator (PI) in the field of learning and educational technology at the Learning and Educational Technology Research Unit (LET) at the Department of Educational Sciences and Teacher Education in the University of Oulu. Home page: