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.