The Local Environment as a Teaching Aid and Learning Arena

Course

The module focuses on how outdoor learning environments such as the near nature and history, can be used as a resource in teaching and/or educational or recreational activities in schools and institutions.

Possible Combinations

This module can be combined with the following modules in order to have a total of 30 ECTS: 

Target Group

Teacher Education students.

The module is also relevant for university or university college students in: Social Education, Early Childhood Education and Pedagogy. Students from other disciplines are welcome to contact the international coordinator to explore the possibility of enrolment in the module.

Purpose

The module focuses on how outdoor learning environments such as the near nature and history, can be used as a resource in teaching and/or educational or recreational activities in schools and institutions.

We will work practically and theoretically in active learning communities with themes and issues which will contribute to strengthening our ability and interest in nature, culture and society.  As well, practical, experimental and craftsmanship skills will be highlighted as a means to explore, with all senses, interpret experiences and create an environment for learning which promotes entrepreneurship and innovation.

Teaching Methods

Applying students will be enrolled in an existing course taught primarily in Danish, however students are provided with English support throughout the coursework and English literature.

Conditions

In order to complete the module and obtain a certificate, you have to: 

  • Actively participate in the design and presentation of the completed study product/project pertaining to outdoor learning environments

Tuition Fee

Not applicable for EU/EEA-students and exchange students from partner institutions, all other students must pay. In this case, please send an e-mail to international@ucl.dk to learn more.  

Type of Activity

This module is equivalent to 5 ECTS.  The students will develop a project, which springs from the knowledge and competency objectives, with room for individual and group choice of activities and topic.

While there will be classroom teaching, indoor presentations or group work, many of the activities will occur outdoors. Therefore, students must be prepared to be active participants outdoors in all types of weather.

Objective/Learning outcome

The student will gain knowledge or understanding of

  • methods and didactics with regards to learning and teaching in outdoor spaces
  • local society’s actors and possibilities within nature, culture and society
  • innovative processes when collaborating with a variety of actors in order to create synergy between schools, institutions and local society learning and formation, interpretations of man as a reflective, critical, selective individual with ethical intentions

Learning goals/skills

The student will be able to

  • describe, analyse and apply pedagogy and didactics in relation to learning outdoors
  • enter into cooperation with schools, institutions and local society
  • work pedagogically, didactically, practically, experimentally and with craftsmanship with relevant topics
  • actively participate in teaching and learning processes in an alternative learning environment in a grounded and reflective manner

Examination

On the basis of the completed study product/project pertaining to outdoor learning environments containing a didactically reasoned training course for primary/junior high school that involves the local environment, the students will present this product/project.

Details regarding the form of the oral presentation will be available in the teaching and examination plan.

The module will be evaluated with a passed/failed denotation.