Transitions in Higher Education Circle : Co-Creating Summer Schools for Higher Education Changemakers

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We are delighted to invite you to experience on 26th January a collaborative session exploring the question:

How might we co-design summer schools for changemakers that explore holistic, community-driven learning approaches for higher education?  

This is the next step for the open Transitions in Higher Education circle, co-hosted by Dartington Trust, Ashoka U & #LearningPlanet, together with a range of partner organisations. The circle brings together higher education decision-makers, teachers, researchers, students as well as entrepreneurs from across the world to share experiences of implementing new ways of learning and doing research to better address the challenges of our time.  See information about the circle and past sessions here

More about the session: 

We are serious about running a place-based, collaborative summer school on Higher Education transformation, exploring how to reimagine learning models and spaces to meet the needs of a community-centred university. We seek to do a deep space enquiry, truly re-imagining the spaces that may make up Higher Education institutions. 

In this session we will address:
– How can the collaborative summer school model be used as a vehicle for pedagogical innovation?

– How do we want to learn during this event?

– Which actors do we want to bring together on this occasion?

– What do we want to produce at the end of the school?

We are committed to making this happen, and look forward to welcoming onboard all those who would like to make this a reality!

Guest Speaker Announced! 

Jay Friedlander, Sharpe-McNally Chair of Green and Socially Responsible Business, College of the Atlantic, USA

We are delighted to welcome Jay Friedlander in this session as a guest speaker during the session. 

Jay is the Sharpe-McNally Chair of Green and Socially Responsible Business at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine.

In addition, he is a co-founder of the HELIO programme. The Human Ecology Lab and Island Odyssey (HELIO) brought 24 students from around the world to the Seto Inland Sea Island of Ōsakikamijima for a two-week program focused on the dynamics and intersection of human ecology and Japanese higher education. Students took part in cutting edge workshops, trainings, and exploratory meetings with local community members with participants from the global Ashoka U network and Japanese universities.

The college would take much from COA’s transdisciplinary model, with a student-driven, self-directed curriculum that relies on extensive fieldwork, and community-based problem solving. 

Jay will be sharing more about his experience building this during the session, but you can discover more about the project here.

Resource in preparation:

‘Reinventing the Civic University’. This provocation by NESTA gives an excellent historical overview of the reason Universities were created; to serve the places and communities they are in.
See a 2 page summary of this paper here

Chief Executive Officer, Dartington Hall Trust
Sharpe-McNally Chair of Green and Socially Responsible Business, College of the Atlantic, USA
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