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Flex-Based Learning

"Creativity is inherent in people. It unfolds when circumstances allow it."

Carl Rogers

Goals of flex-based learning

Creativity and problem-solving skills are key qualifications for shaping tomorrow's world in an innovative, resource-saving and sustainable way.

In order to teach young people these competencies, FLEX-BASED LEARNING was developed at the Upper Austrian University of Education. It contains a collection of innovative teaching techniques for science education, which focus on promoting mental and experimental flexibility.

Techniques in flex-based learning

The following techniques have been published in the German textbooks of the series Expedition ChemistryExpedition Physics und Expedition Biology published by the publishing house E. DORNER.


[Translate to Englisch:] Ein Hirn bestehend aus bunten Zahnrädern


Think-flex tasks specifically train the change of perspective and promote competencies such as "formulating hypotheses", "drawing conclusions" as well as "recognizing opportunities & risks", etc.

[Translate to Englisch:] Wosako


As an abbreviation for word-sentence constructions, young people are trained in their linguistic creativity. Technical terms have to be merged into a new, meaningful context.

[Translate to Englisch:] Ein Auge mit blauer Iris


Analogy building is a central element of creative development processes. The students not only learn to work with analogies and models, but also develop their own by means of creative grid searches.

[Translate to Englisch:] Eine Beispiel Mindmap "Innovation"

Memo techniques & mind-maps

While mind-maps structure content in an original way, memo techniques challenge the imagination. By means of flexible thinking strategies, both techniques lead to the storage of complex specialized knowledge.

[Translate to Englisch:] Ein Elefant sitzt auf einem Ast

Change of perspective

The techniques "Nano Live Act" & "Creative Writing" are used to train the imagination. Young people slip into the role of particles, for example, and portray scientific phenomena.

[Translate to Englisch:] flex-Experimente

Flex experiments

Flex experiments train experimental, creative problem solving. Scientific problems are solved in different ways. They promote a positive error culture as well as self-efficacy.


Innovative material collections have been developed for the subjects of chemistry and physics for carrying out all flex experiments. As a so-called flex box, it can be used as a mobile experimental laboratory and is available from the teaching material company Conatex GmbH.

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