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22nd Nov: Real-life Learning and Community Benefit
October 22, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
This workshop session organised by DMU’s Centre for Academic Innovation (CAI) is one of a series exploring the concept of Real-Life Learning, which aims to make stronger links between real-world impacts and student learning whilst addressing societal challenges such as the sustainable development agenda.
Real-life learning and community benefit: Strategies for achieving impact and learning for all
Led by Dr Andrew Reeves, Senior Lecturer, Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development
This interactive session explores how a fully integrated real-life learning approach can be employed through taught courses, linking teaching, research and real-world impact, taking the DMU Masters module ‘Leading Change for Sustainability’ as a case study.
Attendees will learn about the pros and cons of a variety of innovative approaches of making student learning and community benefit two sides of the same coin. These include using problem briefs from DMU colleagues or the local community; running timetabled classes as public events; running public events to showcase key concepts taught on the course; and integrating research projects into the course.
Participants will have a chance to discuss with others if and how this approach could apply to their own practice, and will be encouraged to try out a ‘Living Lab’ toolkit to further explore opportunities in this area.