Schedule: January- April 2017
Lecturers in charge: Zwanie van Rij-Haze, Windesheim UAS and Eila Burns, JAMK UAS.

Hybrid sessions:

  • Wednesday 18th of January 2017, at 16:30 -19:30 Finnish time (15:30 -18:30 h Dutch time)
  • Wednesday 8th of March 2017, at 16:30 -19:30 Finnish time
  • Wednesday 5th of April 2017, at 16:30 -19:30 Finnish time

This course is designed and will be implemented in international collaboration with Windesheim (the Netherlands) and JAMK (Finland) Universities of Applied Sciences. The rationale for the course stems from the needs of educational professionals (teachers), in both countries, who are looking for tools to improve continuous, open and positive interaction skills to enhance learning in a variety of situations (including online settings). The implemention will be based on utilizing a hybrid-learning environment (simultaneous face-to-face and online setting) and is available for teacher trainees in Windesheim and in JAMK UAS.

The main aim of the course is to enhance educational professionals’ (teachers) skills to utilize the ideology and some tools of coaching to be better equipped to encounter diverse issues in working and learning environments. It aims to offer solutions for practice to enhance positive and goal oriented interaction with all stakeholders in order to better support learners to achieve their full potential and feel empowered. Thus, enhance facilitation of learning.

The maximum number of participants in this course is 18 students.

Objectives

Solution-focused coaching is a framework that builds on and promotes positive development of individuals and teams. It encourages learners to take ownership of their learning and develops their learning-to-learn skills. During the course, you will explore the ideology along with a number of methods of the framework. On completion of the course, you will be able to utilize the solution-focused coaching methods in diverse situations in working and learning environments. You will be encouraged to explore how the approach could be used in different contexts, and in particular in digital environments.  In addition, you will become aware of your position as a coach, rather than a teacher.

Contents

  • What is solution-focused coaching? – Framework for solution-focused coaching in educational environments
  • Solution-focused coaching in practice, challenges in online environments
  • Solution-focused question and conversation techniques
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Empowering interaction with various stakeholders (e.g. students, colleagues, project partners, meetings)
  • Utilizing strengths as a tool in facilitating learning

Assessment materials

  • Active participation in hybrid learning sessions
  • Completion of set assignments
  • Independent working in an online learning environment

Assessment criteria

  • Participation required in hybrid learning sessions face to face (or virtually)
  • Sharing ideas and knowledge to promote collaborative knowledge creation
  • Successful completion of learning assignments
  Required skills
Reflection skills
  • You will be able to view your own interpersonal and pedagogical starting points in relation to coaching and develop your coaching competencies
  • You will be able to explore your own skills as well as the skills of your work community in relation to challenges of solution-focused interaction and communication.
  • You will have the ability to set new goals in order to develop your own as well as your work community´s practices regarding solution-focused interaction.
Information management skills
  • You will have the capability to search for and utilize theoretical knowledge about the importance of solution-focused coaching and interaction for the benefit of your own practical skills and experiences.
  • You will be able to apply the structured knowledge and information gathered in future coaching and interaction encounters.
Developmental skills
  • You will be able to develop your own and your work/learning community’s activities and practices in relation to the challenges the work community will face.
  • You will develop a willingness and skills to face challenges arising from applying solution-focused interaction and communication in different work and learning environments.
Digitaltechnology skills
  •  You are able to use various digital resources and environments in an appropriate way to support coaching practices.
  • You participate actively in online collaboration creating possibilities for positive interaction in a hybrid-learning setting.

Grading scale

    • Pass/Failed