November 24th, 3.30pm

Rethinking Pedagogy and the Learning Environment

As We Emerge from Lockdown

In this workshop, we'll use a facilitated design thinking method to collaboratively address key questions/challenges relevant to the post-lockdown return to school.

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Rethinking Pedagogy and the Learning Environment As We Emerge from Lockdown

How are learning environments changing after the lockdown and how is pedagogy aligning to that change? 

In this workshop, we will guide you through a design thinking method to get answers to the question above and many more. Participants will have a chance to learn from other schools' experiences and ideas. In addition, they will encounter a visual mapping method called 'Touchline' that allows the re-thinking of learning experiences and the learning environment in an integrated way.

‘Touchline’ is a human-centred design tool that can be used in any context to define and drive genuine change. In a school context, it can be used by school leaders, teachers, or others to re-imagine a ‘new normal’ for learning and learner experience, for engaging with parents, or for any other aspect of school life.

What Problems Will We Address?

As we go into the new school year in 2022, and start to emerge from lockdowns, we'll use the 'Touchline' method to collaboratively address these questions:

  • How do we manage the teaching and learning environment, post-COVID?
  • How can we repurpose existing spaces in COVID safe ways?
  • How do we better use outdoor spaces as part of the learning space?
  • What are the pedagogical approaches that can best support teaching and learning for these post-COVID learning spaces?

What Problems Will We Address?

The Touchline method identifies key learner experiences and maps these to 'enabling factors' in the learning environment and how it is used.
By the end of the workshop, participants will have:

  1. Translated high-level vision statements into actionable descriptions of learner-centred 'moments'.
  2. Identified three layers of the learning environment that can be re-shaped for a post-COVID setting: physical, information, and shared understandings.
  3. Used a visual mapping approach to bring the 'moments' and three layers of the learning environment into alignment in a future-focused solution.

Who Should Attend?

We recommend the workshop for:

  • School Principals with the school vision in mind
  • Business Managers who assist in enabling the vision
  • Heads of Teaching and Learning
  • School Innovation Leaders or Leaders of Teaching Teams.

What's the Cost?

There is no cost for this workshop.

Who Are the Facilitators?

Sophie Fenton
An Educator, innovator, school founder, PhD Candidate and Strategist, education pioneer Sophie’s repertoire includes whole school design, curriculum adaptation, and pedagogy innovation.

Steve Collis
Award-winning Teacher and Director of Innovation at the Sydney Centre for Innovation In Learning, Steve Collis joined Amicus in 2016 to lead its Strategy Team across all sectors.

Upcoming Sessions:

November 24th, 3.30pm to 5.00pm AEST (Virtual Session)
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Fantastic design thinking session! A wonderful tool that opens up thinking and enables voices. Knowledgeable and helpful facilitators. Well worth attending and implementing with your organisation.

- Rebecca Stephens, NSW DET

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