For the past few months, I have been involved in a great new project Called Challenge- Driven Education Teacher Training course which had its roots and developments in the KTH Global Development Hub (GDH)
The teacher training course consists of several modules that consist of how to use design thinking, being a facilitator rather than a teacher, how to work with stakeholders and various other tips on teaching with challenge-driven ideas.
It involves multi-perspective student teams and external stakeholders. It is a team-based learning approach that intends to develop students’ key competencies for sustainability and abilities to analyze complex societal challenges, related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the UN’s 2030 Agenda.
Discussions with stakeholders (companies, communities or authorities) on a challenge that needs to be solved is the first phase, they then become a partner with the students who will be taking on the challenge as part of their course. The students need to come up with a solution to the challenge and deliver a proposal on how to best solve the challenge. Apart from the students learning. ways on how to run projects, networking with real-life companies, being a part of communities and social skills, they also contribute to the sustainable development of society by becoming a part of it.
I got involved by helping them create a more blended approach to the teacher training course- The first beta version of one module is live and ready to go, hoping to get some feedback at the end of January. As well as helping with the learning design, I also worked on the filming, the editing, and coordination of the project. If anyone is interested in taking the course then here is a link to the course at KTH. Teaching and Learning for Challenge Driven Education in a Global context
Here is an introduction to each module by the faculty teaching the modules.