Schedule: Spring 2018
Lecturers in charge: Zwanie van Rij-Haze, Windesheim UAS and Eila Burns, JAMK UAS.
Hybrid sessions: January 17 and 31, February 7 and 21

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.

In this course, we will promote and evaluate reflection skills, interaction skills and learning environment skills.

This course is designed and will be implemented in international collaboration with Windesheim UAS (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).

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.

This course is implemented as a hybrid-learning environment course (simultaneous face-to-face and online setting). Thus, a stable internet connection, an USB headset or conference microphone or a webcam are required.

The dates for the hybrid (online) implementation:

  • Wednesday 17 January 2018, at 16:30 -18:30 Finnish time (15:30 -17:30 h Dutch time)
  • Wednesday 31 January 2018, at 16:30 -18:30 Finnish time
  • Wednesday 7 February 2018, at 16:30 -18:30 Finnish time
  • Wednesday 21 February 2018, at 16:30 -18:30 Finnish time

Online pedagogical help-line will be available on dates that will be decided upon with the group.

In addition, you need to complete a set assignments and assessment tasks, and share ideas to promote collaborative knowledge creation.

The lecturers in charge of this course are: Zwanie van Rij-Haze, Windesheim UAS and Eila Burns, JAMK UAS.

Teacher Education College has 18 vacancies in this course.

Intended learning outcomes

The student is able to utilize the ideology and some tools of coaching in working and learning environments. He/she is also aware of practical solutions for enhancing positive and goal oriented interaction with all stakeholders in order to better support learners to achieve their full potential and feel empowered.

Acquiring competence

You can acquire the competence required by this course by participating in a hybrid-learning environment course as described above.

Demonstrating competence

You can demonstrate the competence required by this course by attending the the hybrid-course and by completion of the learning assignments.

Assessment of the learning process and competence

In this course reflection skills, interaction skills and learning environment skills are assessed.

During the learning process the methods of self-assessment and peer-assessment are used. The assessment decision is made by the teacher educators once all the learning tasks have been completed. The assessment decision is made on a pass/fail scale.

The assessment materials for the learning process and competences consist of active participation in hybrid learning sessions, completion of set assignments, independent working in an online learning environment and self-assessment tasks.