During our Contact Days on April 7-9 a series of collaborative methods workshops were organised by the us -the teacher students- with the purpose to showcase and experiment with different learning methods that are used in educational settings.
This table below shows the programme we followed. Each had to pair or team up and decide upon one learning method to use in order to teach a certain topic.
|9:00-9:45||Chryssa & Leena||Role-play||Interculturalism in education|
|9:55-10:40||George & Penny||”Board room” debate||Challenges of prioritizing resources in education|
|10:50-11:35||Daryl & Carlos||Buzz Group||Remote Learning|
|11:45-12:30||Faisal & Kevin||Learning Cell||Learning theories|
|9:00-9:45||Lori, Heidi & Taru||Art Auction||Key words from the curriculum|
|9:55-10:40||Camilla & Hanna||Learning Café||Learning by doing|
|10:50-11:35||Olivier, Tomi & Alex||Learning by drawing||Music theory|
As you can see on Tuesday, April 8 2014 Leena and l organised and facilitated a collaborative work on the theme of ‘Interculturalism in Education‘. The teaching method chosen was role-play. Role-play is one of my most preferred learning methods as I have been performing in the theatre from a young age and I believe that as a method is efficient allowing students to be interactive, have fun and learn at the same time. There might be individuals that cannot loosen up and feel that they don’t feel comfortable role-playing but in my experience the majority of participants are active and enthusiastic.
First, a short presentation on Intercultural Communication on Prezi was given as this is one of the topics that interests me personally and professionally. I am Accredited Lecturer in Intercultural Management and Organizational Culture by The Hofstede Centre and I teach intercultural communication to students and to company representatives.
Then, we proceeded to the role-play workshop where participants were transformed into members of mysterious tribes and cultures, the Earth, Fire, Water and Glass people! Meet the Fire people, spicy, talkative, dancers, lovers!
Last, a short debriefing session was held where participants were asked why they had to reincarnate people from ‘another world’ and what learning points they took. As the timeframe was only 45 minutes to achieve all of the above, this session was short and could be longer to go deeper into what where the good points that emerge during the role-play and those could be documented and categorized. When I have been using this learning method to other student groups, the session lasts approximately 2 hours. Therefore, due to the short timeframe and in order to stick to the schedule there was only a few minutes allocated to the debriefing.
In conclusion, from both contact days I found that the Debate and the Learning by Drawing sessions were well-planned by my colleagues and I personally thought that I could use them during my teaching. In reality, earlier this academic year, I have facilitated one Debate with my Culture Export Management student on a hot topic regarding the Return or Not of the Parthenon Marbles in Greece. Regarding Learning by Drawing, I have used the method in classroom assignments where I present complex concepts and students are asked to draw their own interpretations of the topic. Also, last week when my CEM students and I were in Berlin for our study trip the students who organised the trip used the Learning by Drawing method to revive our memories from our trip.
I will leave you with this photo of my CEM students and I taking a unique pose at Theater Agency Galissas in Berlin! They seem to take on a role-play challenge in a heartbeat!