DIS Research

Bringing the classroom outside

Client: DIS - Study abroad in Scandinavia
Our role: Conducting in-depth research of existing practices of academic learning in the city and developing new teaching material
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Year: 2019 - 2020
Status: Ongoing

Outdoor learning is a way of integrating different places and their characteristics into the teaching and learning process. It does not simply mean moving the class outside, but rather proposes a new way of thinking about education altogether.

We’ve already dedicated a lot of time to the relation between outdoor learning and design in writing our latest book: The City as a Classroom. Now we dive even deeper into the specifics of that topic. Backed by the DIS Pedagogical Development Fund we will investigate how the higher educational institutions can benefit from integrating the city in the curriculum and venturing out into the urban spaces.

The project aims to investigate alternative practices, tools and methods for learning in the urban context. The scope of the content will expand from existing and proposed alternative DIS teaching practices to international academic examples that bring new ideas for academic learning in the urban context. The projects strives to discover the benefits of academic learning in urban context for individuals, institutions and societies. The main objective of the research project is to develop new methods and practices for alternative academic learning, based on the collected knowledge and conducted analysis. Hence, the project is partly a research into the nature and beneficial effects of outdoor academic learning in the urban realm, and partly development of new material and practices to initiate extended use of the city as a classroom.

global goals for sustainable development FNS 17 verdensmålSUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
We strive to use the Sustainable Development Goals as a structuring framework for our projects. This is how this project contributes to a more sustainable future

Global Goals quality education fns 17 verdensmål kvalitetsuddannelse

Outdoor, experimental teaching activates the students' senses, motivates them and improves learning.

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The project aims to create partnerships between DIS faculties, administrative bodies, teachers, and actors outside DIS.  


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