Uusi oppimaisema workshops allow their participants to work through challenging changes in their work. What follows is a short overview of the workshop setup we employ.
Participants: 1-3 faciliators and 20-100 teachers, divided into 3-5 person groups. The methods can be used to support single groups as well, but a team of facilitators can simultaneously support several groups.
Physical environment: A room where all groups fit into. Each group needs some wall space (even a table will do, although a wall space is better), paper, pens, sticky notes, adhesive tape. The the workshop contains multiple groups, the best place to organize it is probably a large gym hall.
Methods: The Edukata method is used to move from an inspirational story or idea to concrete learning activities and learning stories, which are useful in course planning. Various future scenario methods can be used to work with future trends and form the inspiration for Edukata work. When working with the new curriculum (OPS in Finnish), various passages of the curriculum can work as the initial inspiration. Read more about Edukata.
Topics: The topics are chosen by the participants themselves. Each group can work on their own topic, which might relate to a part of the curriculum or some other imminent change. It’s useful to form the groups so that group members have a joint interest.
Time use: The workshops can be organized as a one full day CPD session (Continued Professional Development, VESO in Finnish), or two half-day CPD sessions. They can also be spread out through the school year as 45-90 minute sessions once every week or every other week. The total amount of work is about 6-8 hours.
Results: The outcomes of the workshops are learning activities that support teachers in taking new working methods into use. Read more.