Education in Transition strives to transform the current education system in ways which correspond to the needs of future generations. They are a university-wide, student-led organization that advances 21st century skills, systemic change and social responsibility in all disciplines and layers of the university.
Education in Transition invites students and teaching staff to critically assess current practices and come up with interdisciplinary topics, methods and frameworks that answer to the grand challenges we are facing. Part of this is coordinating Teach-ins – a new program which provides a platform for motivated students to design and execute their own lesson plan. During that process, they receive support from educational innovation specialists, future-oriented researchers and external parties.
Our focus is on education, which means that one part of EiT works on doing research, collaborating with professors and management staff to develop new models of teaching and learning. We then use this data to launch several pilot programs throughout the year. Our structure is as follows:
RESEARCH & INNOVATION Education in Transition does research by collecting quantitative and qualitative data on various topics, we organize for example focus groups and review practices other universities adopt. Bottom line, we try to understand whyErasmus University stakeholders find it difficult to change their system and we try to find answers to the question: what is needed to make the change happen? On the other hand, we look at organizations, companies and civil society and gather information on what the necessary skills are for students to answer to the challenges they face now – and in the coming 50 years.
COLLABORATION In response to the previous section, we invite these parties to break down barriers and build learning opportunities for students and professors. Additionally, we work together with other universities (Leiden, Delft), associations and student initiatives. Moreover, we are actively involved with the creation of EUR’s 2024 strategy; you can find EiT’s presence at both the lab for Sustainability and The Future of Education. As one obscure Chinese proverb says: “Tell me, I’ll forget. Show me, I may remember. But involve me and I’ll understand.”
TEACH-INS The TEACH-IN is then when the two come together. The concept of TEACH-INS is not a new one – they became popular on campuses in the US during the US escalation in Vietnam. They allowed students, faculty and community activists to share information and raise opposing views to those in the mainstream. We took the idea and flipped it a couple of times to fit the current climate.
What is in it for you?
If you are a student, this is your chance to improve the quality of your own and others' education, get in contact with students from other programmes and learn what kind of challenges companies are dealing with when you will graduate, making you a potential meaningful asset to them! You can join the TEACH-INS as participant, or organize one!
If you are an organization or company and you want to help shape the leaders of a future-proof society, you can reach out to us and get in contact with motivated students from all programmes, or be active during our TEACH-INs. You can also come with ideas for other educational events.
If you are of the teaching or management staff, we can provide you with an outlet for trying out new material, teaching styles and generally improve your position in your educational field. You will be a pioneer and inspiration for your (international) peers and broaden your views on life beyond the university bubble.
Community for Learning and Innovation
We are supported by the Students-for-Students Platform, part of the Community for Learning and Innovation. Want to get support too? Visit eur.nl/s4s.