The Centre for Sustainable Futures is hosting sustainability education workshops that will provide colleagues with the creative opportunity to consider innovative teaching and learning practice drawing from both internal and national/international presenters. These café styled events will provide participants contact with new resources and a supportive and dialogic learning space.
7 March 2018: Students as partners - exploring ways to engage students in curriculum improvement
This workshop draws from two examples of innovative practice here at the University of Plymouth to explore how we might be able to partner with students in our efforts to improve and change our curriculum and pedagogy.
By considering an action research and lesson study project within the Plymouth Business School and an alumni voices project led by the Centre for Sustainable Futures this workshop will provide opportunities for participants to consider creative ways that they can engage with students as co-researchers and co-creators in their teaching and learning practice.
Participants at this session will be enabled to: discuss the students as partners initiative in Higher Education, Identify a range of approaches to creatively engage with students as partners, and Identify potential strategies for future innovation in this area.
For more information, contact Harriet Dismore (email@example.com) or Paul Warwick (firstname.lastname@example.org).
16 May 2018: Learning for the future: what does interdisciplinary teaching look like?
Major global issues, such as global sustainable development challenges, require expertise from more than a single field to resolve. Further, employers consider interdisciplinary collaboration skills essential to graduate employment. However, there is very little guidance for higher education staff about effective interdisciplinary teaching approaches and what interdisciplinary learning might look like in terms of student understanding and competency development.
This workshop sets out to familiarise participants with a research-informed approach to interdisciplinary learning, making explicit the skills that students gain, and exploring the contexts in which they can be developed. It draws from a curriculum development project based here at the University of Plymouth that has partnered with colleagues from a range of arts and science subject areas. It has used the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a shared focus to bring students together and to engage in interdisciplinary learning projects.
For more information, contact Paul Warwick (email@example.com), Harriet Dismore (firstname.lastname@example.org) or David Morrison (email@example.com).
6 June 2018: The Sustainable and Global Citizen - intercultural communication
This interactive workshop draws from the expertise of Ricky Lowes from the Plymouth Business School to practically explore how we can support students to develop intercultural communication. Using a range of activities and exercises participants will be given experience of approaches as well as information on key areas of consideration for their own professional development in this important area of global citizenship and sustainable development. This workshop will also help participants to consider the connections with the Plymouth Compass and also the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals initiative.
For more information, contact Paul Warwick (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ricky Lowes (email@example.com).
4 July 2018: Wild pedagogies for sustainable education
This one day event will provide staff with the opportunity for first hand immersion in nature and landscape in order to creatively consider the potential for incorporating outdoor learning elements into our sustainability education work with students.
Using this experiential approach participants will be able to consider together:
- What are the core elements to a wild pedagogical approach?
- What is there about wild learning experiences that our students could value?
- How can we incorporate this natural place-based approach into different disciplines in a way that is engaging and relevant?
- What are the barriers and obstacles for us putting wild pedagogies into practice in higher education?
Participants will experience first-hand the nature, benefits and challenges for using outdoor learning environments, identify key elements behind a wild pedagogical and identify potential strategies for future innovation in this area.
For more information, contact Paul Warwick (firstname.lastname@example.org).