The annual College Development Network (CDN) College Expo kicks off tomorrow and two members off staff from Edinburgh College feature in the jam-packed, two-day, programme of events.
Today, Graphic Design lecturer Helena Good will run a session focusing on the Daydream Believers project which is aimed at promoting creative thinking as an approach to problem solving in schools, and has since developed into a unique programme which has engaged schools, pupils, teachers, lecturers and employers.
The College recently set Skyscanner and two of Scotland’s leading digital agencies – Whitespace and Amazerealise the task of resourcing our schools with real-world’ problem solving and context.
Their solution was to create an online programme that resources teachers for a one-hour weekly class working with 12-13-year olds. This is a resource that up skills our teachers to coach and facilitate ways of student learning based on play, passion, context and purpose.
In this session, Helena will share their insights from running Daydream Believers and examine ways that the model can be developed for other colleges.
Helena said: “I am looking forward to attending College Expo and sharing our Daydream Believers experience with delegates from across the Scottish FE sector.
“In connecting our communities together and sharing our insights we can equip our young people with skills to survive not just this Fourth Industrial revolution but the fifth and sixth too.”
On Thursday, the College’s Head of Communication, Policy and Research Nick Croft will host a session entitled Community Engagement: Tackling Poverty and Inequality in Further Education. Nick’s session follows the Tackling Poverty and Inequality conference hosted at the College’s Granton Campus earlier this year which saw over 100 delegates from partner organisations meet to look at the impact of poverty and inequality in Scotland and what the FE sector can do to help tackle the problem.
This discussion will explore the extent of college engagement in community planning partnership activities: the experience and impact of current college involvement as well as looking at what more can be done.