Community Educators as Adventure Education Experts

17.12.2020

On this course, students will familiarize themselves with the basic ideas, concepts, frame of reference, and principles of Adventure Education.

In adventure education, the focus is on experiential, activity- and adventure-based methods and processes, which are targeted to support and promote the growth, development, learning, well-being, and agency of individuals, groups, and communities.

Adventure education can be implemented by an educator, instructor, teacher, or therapist, and can be applied in early education, youth work, schools and colleges, and rehabilitation.

On the course, students will acquire knowledge about Adventure Education as a pedagogical approach. The course is part of the degree programme curriculum in Adventure and Outdoor Education, Community Educator (Bachelor of Humanities), at Humak University of Applied Sciences. However, this particular course is open for everyone interested in Adventure Education, and it sheds light on Adventure Education both in the context of Community Educator Studies and in general.

The course is well suited especially for students in the fields of Education, Social Sciences, and Humanities.


Date: 1st of June to 20th of August 2021.

Place: Self-paced online course

Credits: 5 ECTS

Price: 75€

Application: by 12.4.2021


Short description

On this course, students will familiarize themselves with the basic ideas, concepts, frame of reference, and principles of Adventure Education. In adventure education, the focus is on experiential, activity- and adventure-based methods and processes, which are targeted to support and promote the growth, development, learning, wellbeing, and agency of individuals, groups, and communities. Adventure education can be implemented by an educator, instructor, teacher, or therapist, and can be applied in early education, youth work, schools and colleges, and rehabilitation.

On the course, students will acquire knowledge about Adventure Education as a pedagogical approach. The course is part of the degree programme curriculum in Adventure and Outdoor Education, Community Educator (Bachelor of Humanities), at Humak University of Applied Sciences. However, this particular course is open for everyone interested in Adventure Education, and it sheds light on Adventure Education both in the context of Community Educator Studies and in general. The course is well suited especially for students in the fields of Education, Social Sciences, and Humanities.


Outcomes

After the completion of the course, students

  • are familiar with the foundation and competency basis of adventure education
  • recognise the potential and applicability of adventure education
  • are familiar with the professional field of adventure education

Contents

  • Basics of adventure education
  • Meaning of adventure education in preventive work, in supporting the growth and development of individuals and groups, in promoting personal engagement, in reinforcing the sense of community, and in promoting well-being
  • Multiple fields of adventure education, such as youth work, organisational work, education, well-being services, nature- and adventure-based entrepreneurship

Target audience

Course is open for everyone interested in Adventure Education, and it sheds light on Adventure Education both in the context of Community Educator Studies and in general. The course is well suited especially for students in the fields of Education, Social Sciences, and Humanities.


Methods

Self-paced online course, meaning that you can participate in the course from any location at any time. The course is interactive allowing active student participation even though no activity is tied to any particular time nor place.


Student work load

5 ECTS equals 135 hours of students work and the course takes approximately 3-4 weeks to complete (full-time work on the reading materials, assignments and quizzes).


Assessment

Assignments and quizzes: approved / not complete. Final assessment is based on a final exam: numerical, on a scale fail or pass with grading 1–5 (5 = excellent, 4 and 3 = good, 2 and 1 = satisfactory).


Learning materials

Students need access to electronic books or paper copies of the following literature:

  • Beams, Simon & Brown, Mike 2016. Adventurous learning: a pedagogy for a changing world. Routledge.
  • Jeffs, Tony & Ord, John (eds.) 2018. Rethinking outdoor, experiential and informal education: beyond the confines. Routledge.

Selection

Students are admitted to the Open University of Applied Sciences courses in the order of enrollment.


Number of students: No limitation.