PURPOSE OF TEACH-INS
If you want to understand the background of the TEACH-INS, you’ve come at the right page. Below you can read about the process of hosting a TEACH-IN yourself.
The current students are the leaders of the future, yet the majority are being taught the same stuff in the same way as 30 years ago. As the world is changing rapidly, we as EiT feel that the university should respond by helping students to develop the necessary skills and tools to address them. Teach-Ins became popular on campuses in the U.S. during the U.S. escalation in Vietnam – and allowed students, faculty and community activists to share information and raise opposing viewpoints to those in the mainstream. They became an open forum with set-ground rules for discussing and debating timely issues when media and resources were limited.
We should make a distinction between transmissive and transformative approaches to learning. The former is ‘directive’, conclusive and tends to emphasize instruction and explanation, whereas transformative tends to be constructive, critical and participative. Unfortunately, the bulk of Erasmus still leans heavily towards transmissive learning approaches. EiT aims to broaden the audience to deep learning, which enables the learner to understand things in new and different ways. This is creative and entails a deep awareness of alternative worldviews and praxis. Deep learning is the paradigm transformational level and many researchers emphasize that transformative learning can lead to a reorientation of education in reality – rather than just rhetoric.
When you address this at Erasmus University – with tutors, coordinators, teaching staff, professors and program directors – they tell us that academic freedom allows the professor to teach whatever he wants, and that students’ influence and input is minimal. Bottom line is that the current system at Erasmus is rather static and immobile, and oftentimes fails to connect to the students to current day events and future needs.
Adaptability and Sustainability
Integration of 21-century skills, wicked challenges and ‘moving targets’ comes down to not sustaining the system, but rather about the adaptability of the system. Erasmus University is trying. And some of their programs are excellent examples of how things should go. We name Erasmus University College, the Honours Program: Grand Challenges and the bachelor program Management of International Social Challenges as leading agents of transformative learning at Erasmus University. Whilst the EUR is trying to slowly change their approach to give more students such education, EiT came to the scene to advance and catalyze this movement.
Teach-Ins are one aspect of EiT that enables the university to engage with sustainable development and have a future-oriented outlook on the changing needs of our (next) generation. EiT is set on improving the adaptability of the university, rather than maintaining the status quo.
Teach-ins are innovative open-forum style classes that involve students from different backgrounds. Interdisciplinary learning is at the basis of thinking out of the box and reflecting on own biases and the choices we make in our academic and future career.
Students have the opportunity to design a TI of their own liking, They don’t seek to answer complicated question, but challenge students to think about ways to address and tackle complex and systematic issues. (part of) the Teach-Ins can be used by professors to integrate such topics in their classes and ultimately contribute to the entire transition of education. Teach-ins enrich the learning portfolio, are dynamic, fast-pased and current.
We flip the traditional concept to be complementary learning opportunities to get up to speed with topics that the university curriculum and research is transitioning to address. Students can register online and there’s a FB page announcing themes and conversations, and we invite students to submit topics and organize a TI.
Get in contact with Almar Bok, Jana van den Bergen, Zina Burgers, Pieter Heeren, Timofei Korenjugin or Samantha Vos
YES I want to host one, how does that work?
First of all: awesome! Nice that you want to share your knowledge with the world. To get things straight: you don’t have to be an expert yet on the topic of you choosing.
Step 1: Choose a topic that you are passionate about and which you can approach from multiple perspectives.
Step 2: Send an email to email@example.com, subject: ‘host a teach-in’ with your topic and a rough idea of what you want to do.
Step 3: Wait for our reply to enroll you in the training. :)
About the training:
Together with RISBO we designed a training to support you in designing and executing your TEACH-IN. The training will be during 2 evenings, each sesison lasting about 2-3 hours. After the training you will have all the tools to finish the final preparation and host your TEACH-IN. We ask you to do some prepatory online work before and between the sessions to ensure full productivity during the sessions. After the training you’ll receive an official certificate which proves you gained specific knowledge and skills.
Any questions? feel free to email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org