About PLAYTrack

Creativity, engagement and lifelong learning are three key focal points for PLAYTrack, a new research project at the Interacting Minds Centre at Aarhus University in Denmark. The project is funded by the LEGO Foundation, which is supporting this collaborative venture with a sum amounting to DKK 12 million. Over the coming five-year period, the Interacting Minds Centre will work closely with the LEGO Foundation on developing new methods to investigate and document how play supports learning.



People and Partners

At the IMC we hold that play is a vital part of human interaction. Archaeological finds and historical evidence tell us that play has always existed, in all forms of human society. All indications are that play is important for human beings and for the development of our civilisation, but we lack knowledge about what it actually does for our development and our interactions with each other. That is what makes play such an interesting field of research.

The LEGO Foundation aims to investigate what characterises play and how play supports children’s learning and skills and has chosen the IMC as a partner in this project. 

To pursue its goals PLAYTrack will work closely with the LEGO Foundation’s international network of researchers and programmes. At the same time, PLAYTrack supports a new Play User Lab run by Capital of Children in Billund, Denmark, at which SMEs active in the fields of play, learning and creativity have the opportunity to engage in a strongly professional environment. Furthermore, the Design School Kolding will facilitate the creative processes in the project.

PLAYTrack hopes to contribute to the development of the environment surrounding the Play User Lab, and we look forward to engaging in an exchange of knowledge with companies working in this field. The meeting between method, theory and real creative processes in interaction with children is a new and exciting assignment for us as a research body. 

Within the IMC, PLAYTrack is run and developed by Andreas Roepsdorff, Katrin Heimann, Andreas Lieberoth and Joshua Skewes.


PLAYTrack Seed Funding

Seed funding is an integral part of the PLAYTrack project at The Interacting Minds Centre, Aarhus University (IMC).

  • The aim of PLAYTrack seeds is to explore tools and methods for documenting, evaluating and measuring play and learning experiences.
  • Seeds allow to explore new fields, questions and collaborations.
  • Seeds are sown to grow, that is, projects should be fast and feasible.


Application form

Deadline: No specific date - proposals will be evaluated continuously. 



PLAYTrack Bootcamps

In the running first year of the project this PLAYTrack is focusing mainly in reviewing existing theory, research and methods available to study play and playfulness. One main tool to do so is a series of Bootcamps especially dedicated to related topics. Please see the following links for description and videos of past and future ones:*

previous bootcamps:

Bootcamp Play and Learning I: (Some) qualitative lenses on play and learning

Video Recording Talk 1 Lars Geer Hammershøj— Indications of the cultivation and creative processes of play 

Video Recording Talk 3 Stine Liv Johansen — Media Use and Children's play 

Video Recording Talk 4 Thorkild Hanghøj — Collaborate or die! Studying different aspects of collaboration in game-based learning environments


Bootcamp Play and Learning II: Cultural Transmission Studies

Video Recording Talk 1 Kristian Tylén - Cultural transmission in the lab: some central tenets 

Video Recording Talk 2 Nicolas Fay - The Cultural Evolution of Human Communication Systems 

Video Recording Talk 3 Emma Flynn - Investigating cultural transmission with children (or the story of a psychologist who needs two pairs of hands, two heads, and to be in two places at once) 

Video Recording Talk 4 Rachel Kendal - Comparative studies of cultural transmission and cumulative culture. 

Video Recording Talk 5 Cathrine Hasse - Cultural transmission or cultural transformation 


Bootcamp Play and Learning III: (some) quantitative lenses on play and learning

Video Recording Introduction Andreas Lieberoth 

Video Recording Talk 1 David Williamson Shaffer - Quantitative Ethnography 

Video Recording Talk 4 Valerie Shute - Stealth assessment in video games 


Bootcamp Play and Learning IV: Engagement, Immersion and Presence in Media and Real World Experiences 

 Video Recording Katalin Balint & Brendan Rooney

 Video RecordingMatt Bezdek

 Video Recording Stephen Hinde

 Video Recording Monika Suckfuell

 Video Recording Andreas Lieberoth

 Video Recording Félix Schoeller

 Video Recording Mette Steenberg

 Video Recording John Mason

* Please note that missing video links to single sessions are due to the fact that speakers did not agree on publication. 



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