Delivering ESD and graduate attributes through Hybrid Problem-Based Learning

SML-PBL-WS-afterA workshop on the delivery of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and graduate attributes through Hybrid Problem-Based Learning (PBL) was hosted by the London RCE on ESD at London South Bank University on 15 July 2013.

 

This is the fourth of a series of workshops held around the UK in 2012/13, as part of a three-year project funded by the Higher Education Academy’s National Teaching Fellowship Scheme entitled ‘Hybrid problem-based learning: a scalable approach to sustainability education?’. This project is a collaboration between Keele University, the University of Manchester and Staffordshire University.

 

The workshop’s four sessions were a mix of presentations and group work, giving the participants both an understanding and a taste of Hybrid-PBL:

  • PBL: In at the deep end – Professor Pat Bailey (Keele)
  • PBL in a changing higher education environment – Dr Zoe Robinson (Keele)
  • Designing a PBL learning module – Dr Rob Boast (Staffordshire) and Rosemary Tomkinson (Manchester)
  • Hybrid-PBL: Getting to grips – Sophie Bessant (Keele) and Bland Tomkinson (Manchester)

 

Using case studies of the interdisciplinary sustainability modules of the partner universities, the workshop explored the Hybrid-PBL approach that has been developed to enable the delivery of PBL-style teaching to larger cohort numbers in a less resource intensive way for the teaching and learning of sustainability education.

 

Hybrid-PBL is a student-centered, group-based approach to teaching and learning in which learners:

  • Act as professionals with an emphasis on working in interdisciplinary teams
  • Develop team working, project management and communication skills
  • Investigate open-ended (‘wicked’) real world problems
  • Think critically, creatively and devise entrepreneurial problem solutions
  • Undertake innovative assessment (e.g. video-making, press articles, reflective learning journals)
  • Use social media and social networking as part of learning and communication with fellow students and staff

 

The workshop also explored the links between the case studies and this style of teaching to other pressing agendas in higher education, such as graduate attributes, employability, internationalisation and interdisciplinarity, transformative education and life-long learning, and flexible and online learning.

 

Photograph: Prof Pat Bailey, Pro-Vice Chancellor Environment and Sustainability and Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Keele University (by Asitha Jayawardena)

 

Note: Much content of this write-up is an adaptation from the workshop handout.  

More info on this series of workshops

 

 

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Climate change adaptation is an investment for the future, says Lord Krebs

??????????????????????Climate change adaptation is an investment for the future, said Professor Lord Krebs of Wytham Kt FRS, Chair of the Adaptation Sub-Committee of the Committee on Climate Change and Principal of Jesus College Oxford, delivering the annual lecture of the Walker Institute of the University of Reading on 11 July 2013 in London.

Titled ‘Is the UK preparing for the risks and opportunities from a changing climate?’ the full lecture will be available on video from the Walker Institute website in due course.

Photograph by Asitha Jayawardena

Annual Lecture webpage on the Walker Institute website

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WORKSHOP: Developing Graduate Attributes through the Sustainability Agenda and Problem-Based Learning

SML-PBL-WSA workshop on Developing Graduate Attributes through the Sustainability Agenda and Problem-Based Learning (PBL) will be hosted by the London RCE at London South Bank University on 15 July 2013.

This is the fourth of a series of workshops held around the UK in 2012/13, as part of a three-year project funded by the Higher Education Academy’s National Teaching Fellowship Scheme entitled ‘Hybrid problem-based learning: a scalable approach to sustainability education?’. It is a collaboration between Keele University, the University of Manchester and Staffordshire University.

This workshop will explore the Hybrid-PBL approach that has been developed to enable the delivery of PBL-style teaching to larger cohort numbers in a less resource intensive way for the teaching and learning of sustainability education.

Image adapted from the PBL workshops page on Keele University website

More info on this series of workshops

The suite of Sustainable University websites: Sustainable University One-stop Shop, News and Information, Research, Good Practice, Quotes and Facts, Blog, Diary and Micro-blog (@sustainableuni1 on Twitter)

‘Sharing for a Sustainable World’ #SSW on http://twitter.com/sustainableuni1 & http://uk.linkedin.com/in/asithaj/

Walker Institute Lecture 2013: Is the UK prepared for the risks from a changing climate?

SML-ReadingLec-TotalProfessor Lord Krebs of Wytham Kt FRS, Chair of the Adaptation Sub-Committee of the Committee on Climate Change and Principal of Jesus College Oxford, will deliver the annual lecture of the Walker Institute of the University of Reading at 5pm on 11 July in London (30 Euston Square, Royal College of General Practitioners, Euston, London NW1 2FB).

Titled ‘Is the UK prepared for the risks from a changing climate?’, the lecture will cover the risks to the UK from a changing climate, how well they are being managed, what is still to be done and the role government, business and communities have to play.

Image adapted from the annual lecture webpage

Annual Lecture webpage on the Walker Institute website

The suite of Sustainable University websites: Sustainable University One-stop Shop, News and Information, Research, Good Practice, Quotes and Facts, Blog, Diary and Micro-blog (@sustainableuni1 on Twitter)

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