BROADENING HORIZONS THROUGH OUTDOOR LEARNING

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at teachers and school staff from pre-school level to primary, secondary, vocational, adult and special needs education, staff of non-government organizations, government and policy makers and company staff as well as students and all those who want to experience and learn how to plan and carry out outdoor learning. Participants are expected to have at least B1 level of English proficiency.

Methodology

Methodology is based on a very short theoretical input, field trips and outdoor learning activities as well as discussions and experience comparisons. The course will focus on development of intrapersonal and interpersonal skills for teamwork and personal growth.

Outcomes
  • Familiarizing with the principles and practices of outdoor learning.

  • Learning about the necessary preparations and safe management of outdoor learning.

  • Integrating cross-curricular, numeracy, literacy and science learning outdoors.

  • Integrating development of sensory awareness, problem solving and team work skills in outdoor learning.

  • Developing communication, collaboration, presentation, problem solving, negotiation, critical and creative thinking skills.

  • Improving English fluency (official language of the course).

  • Promoting intercultural awareness.

  • Sharing experiences of outdoor learning from different organizations in order to help each of us to be more effective in our work.

  • Developing the online collaboration platform for preparation, dissemination and networking in order to develop future partnerships and projects.

  • Strengthening the European collaboration among people practicing outdoor learning in different contexts.

  • Providing insights into different education systems.

Preparation

After registration participants will receive pre-course questionnaire which will be used by the trainer to learn about participants’ teaching backgrounds and to assess their exact needs. Before the beginning of the course a basic reading list will be suggested to participants to prepare for the training. Participants will also be asked to prepare a presentation about themselves, their professional context and their culture. The presentation will be presented on the first day of the course to facilitate networking opportunities. Participants will receive information about the country they are going to visit in order to prepare them for their cultural experience.

Follow up

After the course participants will be asked to share what they have learned with the rest of the staff in their schools. Further books and articles to deepen the topic and contacts with some other practitioners all over Europe and in the world will be suggested by the trainer. The methods shared and explored and the bibliography given will allow the participants to complete and improve their educational path.
5 days programme (20 hours)

course sessions (Monday to Friday)

  • Introduction of participants, outline of the programme, warm ups and ice breakers

  • Preparations for outdoor learning, safe management of outdoor learning

  • Experiential and environmental education

  • Field trip 1: cross-curricular, numeracy, literacy and science outdoors – learning from the natural world

  • Field trip 2: development of sensory awareness, problem solving and team work skills in the wild

  • Online tools for collaboration outdoor learning projects, eTwinning, School Education Gateway

  • Individual support

  • Presentation of outcomes, discussion, evaluation and closing session

 

cultural and social programme

  • Networking activities

  • City tour and/or a cultural trip

  • Cultural evening

  • Teambuilding

10 days programme (40 hours)

course sessions (Monday to Friday + Monday to Friday)

  • Introduction of participants, outline of the programme, warm ups and ice breakers

  • Preparations for outdoor learning, safe management of outdoor learning
  • Experiential and environmental education

  • Field trip 1: cross-curricular, numeracy, literacy and science outdoors – learning from the natural world

  • Field trip 2: development of sensory awareness, problem solving and team work skills in the wild

  • Inquiry-based outdoor learning project with a documentary video production

  • Panning, design and preparation of outdoor educational activities in different contexts

  • Online tools for collaboration outdoor learning projects, eTwinning, School Education Gateway

  • Individual support

  • Presentation of outcomes, discussion, evaluation and closing session

 

cultural and social programme

  • Networking activities

  • City tour and/or a cultural trip

  • Cultural evening

  • Teambuilding

CERTIFICATE

Each participant will get a course attendance certificate and we will validate the acquired competences on the Europass Mobility upon request.

COURSE FEE

The course fee includes tuition and materials for the course sessions as well as the cultural and social programme. Please check the course fee for each specific course session below.

SUBSISTENCE

In some destinations participants are responsible to organize their accommodation and meals while in others we have set arrangements with hotels or campuses. Please check for a specific course session.

REGISTRATION

You can submit a non-biding registration and we will reserve a place for you until you are ready to confirm your participation. cancellations are free until you pay the course fee.

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07.09. - 11.09.2020

Larissa, Greece

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CONTACT

Address: Achileios 23, 41335 Larissa, Greece

Tel: +30 693 955 4031

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