The study module addresses the theories, methodologies, and implementation of experiential learning and adventure education. Students learn to develop, reflect and evaluate experiential learning and adventure education in the context of working life.
The module (15 ECTS) consist of three courses:
- Experiential learning and society (5 ECTS) (EAE03-ELS-3002)
- Experiential learning and adventure education in pedagogical development (5 ECTS) (EAE03-AEP-3001)
- Experience design and experiential learning (5 ECTS) (EAE03-EDE-3001)
Experiential learning and society 5 ECTS aims to increase the understanding of the theoretical framework of experiential learning and experiential and adventure education as well as their practical starting points and principles. The course focuses on current discussions and research, and the relevance, meaning and opportunities of experiential learning and adventure education. The participants of the course explore the relevance of experiential learning and adventure education in contemporary societies.
Experiential learning and adventure education in pedagogical development 5 ECTS provides the learners with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the possibilities of using experiential learning and adventure education in different professional and working life environments. During the course, the participants will develop their competence in pedagogical development work and reflection, and they will learn about current research and discussions on learning, competence, development, and growth.
Experience design and experiential learning 5 ECTS sheds light on experience design and experiential learning in the fields of wellness, experience- and nature-based services and tourism. The participants of the course learn about human behaviour from the perspectives of experiencing and meaningful experiences. Special attention will be given to development work applying the knowledge base and methods of experiential learning and adventure education.
The module suits well for students and professionals in youth work, NGO work, education and schooling, rehabilitation, social work, and sports and physical education who wish to strengthen their theoretical and research and development competence in experiential learning and adventure education. It also suits for the students and professionals within the fields of business, tourism, and sports, leisure and recreation.
The module will be organized in English; the participants should be willing to listen, read, write and speak English. A bachelor’s degree or previous bachelor level studies are recommended. The module does not require a community educator/adventure education degree or study modules, however, these might prove useful.
Why Study at Humak Open University of Applied Sciences?
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