Teaching Outside the Classroom

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Course details

Albert Einstein once famously said “I never teach my pupils, I only provide the conditions in which they can learn.” Driven by this quote, it's crucial to remember that learning is an active process and sometimes the best and most memorable learning experiences take place outside the walls of the classroom.

The Teaching Outside the Classroom course explores the educational value and potential of informal learning spaces for learning. The course aims to provide participants with tools, ideas and good practices on how to integrate outdoor education into formal education. During the course, you will investigate strategies educators can use to plan, implement and evaluate learning outside the classroom and how to blend it with more traditional classroom-based learning. More generally the course aims to support teachers to transform their students' learning experiences into meaningful and engaging activities which lead to their intellectual growth.

  •     Start date: 23 May 2022
  •     End date: 1 July 2022
  •     Workload: 20 hours in total (3-4 hours per weekly module)

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Target audience

The course targets any teaching practitioners who want to bring learning outside the classroom. This includes teachers in schools and museum educators, company-based trainers, nature pedagogy practitioners, etc. The course provides an introduction to the topic, so that practitioners can further develop their practice in subsequent activities.

Learning objectives

  • Get knowledge about and reflect upon experience with learning outside of the classroom 
  • Discuss the meaning of learning outside of the classroom and how to set the stage for it
  • Explore how learning can happen beyond the traditional classroom setting
  • Reflect about the barriers and pitfalls to effective teaching outside of the classroom
  • Understand how to blend traditional classroom-based learning with learning outside of the classroom
  • Develop a lesson plan for learning outside of the classroom

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This content is offered by the European Commission. The European Commission is the European Union's politically independent executive arm. It is alone responsible for drawing up proposals for new European legislation, and it implements the decisions of the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union.

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  1. Getting Started
  2. Module 1: Bringing Learning Outside the Classroom
  3. Module 2: Learning Outside the Classroom: How?
  4. Module 3: Learning Outside the Classroom: Where?
  5. Module 4: Developing a Lesson Plan for Learning Outside the Classroom