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.
5 December: Community Engaged Learning
Increasingly it is argued that from the perspective of sustainability, what is required is a radical new vision of HE that embraces applied learning, with student centred and experiential problem based approaches, and greater use of flexible and place-based learning spaces (UNESCO 2012).
This interactive workshop shares a place-based approach to Sustainability Education being developed here at University of Plymouth. It draws from the practice of service learning and seeks to engage students as change agents through partnership with community organisations. This workshop will highlight some of the key lessons learnt from research with staff and students who have taken part in the pilot projects and provide staff with information on a range of service learning opportunities that exist within the city and surrounding area that could be partnered within the curriculum.
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15 May: Developing effective interdisciplinary learning
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. But there is very little guidance for HE 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 effective practice for how best these can be developed. This workshop 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 UN Sustainable Development Goals as a shared focus to bring students together and to engage in interdisciplinary learning projects.