Non-Degree / Dates: 23-27 July 2018

Have you ever found yourself bored in class? Do you know anyone who has ever fallen asleep during a lecture or longed for a more challenging, hands-on experience?

It’s probably no surprise – not everyone learns best in a classroom and in their comfort zone. There are many other places and spaces which can enrich the mind. In fact, an experiential learning approach can actually turn leisure activities into educational opportunities, and routine experiences into memorable challenges.

But despite increasing research to support this type of learning, the general public still tends to view experiential learning as somehow inferior to formal education.

This course is designed to provide an interdisciplinary experience to overcome any hesitations toward the value of well-staged outdoor experiences and learning opportunities. In this course, we will demonstrate how outdoor experiences can be staged and turned into spaces and places for educational alternatives, and gives students the tools they need for teaching, coaching, or group development.

The course will include outdoor experiences in Tallinn as well as field trips to two nearby recreation areas (Padise, Valkla). These trips will include immersive, hands-on experiences where students can also learn about Estonian culture, landscape, and wildlife.

Timetable

Classes take place from Monday to Friday.

The approximate course program is as follows:

Monday (10am-2pm) – Introduction, getting acquainted, warming up
Tuesday (9:30am-7:30pm) – Outdoor experience in Kallaste (high and low rope challenges) + reflection
Wednesday (9:30am-7:30pm) – Outdoor experience in Raudsilla or Valkla recreation center (teamwork activities or water-based activities) + reflection
Thursday (10am-4pm) – Outdoor urban experience (city adventure) + reflection
Friday (10am-4pm) – Presentations (final assessment) + wrapping up

Participants

No specific background is required.

Teacher(s)

Reeda Tuula (TLU, recreation management lecturer),

Martin Scholz (Augsburg Univeristy, experiential education lecturer),

Karel Kulbin (TLU, event management lecturer)

Credit points

Upon full participation and completion of course work students will be awarded 2 ECTS points and a diploma of completion.

Course fee

Early-Bird Course Fee (until March 31, 2018)445€
Regular Course Fee (after March 31, 2018)495€

NB! Accommodation and meals are not included in the price.

Contact

General Contact (Registration, accommodation, cultural programme, etc): tss@tlu.ee

Information about the course content: Dash Stanford – dashiell.stanford@tlu.ee