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Posted by cursusiceland on April 4, 2013 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

The first seminar in 2013.

A group of 10 teachers from Estonia, Finland, France, Belgium, Croatia, Latvia and Greece finished the first seminar at Cursus Iceland the third week in March 2013.


It was a week with clear sky and fresh northern wind that surrounded the group from day one. The participants engaged in the program in high spirit and finished as a solid team, ready to perform.


The cold northern wind created a challenge for the outdoor sessions, but with a resiliance the withstood the obstacles. The weather can be a defining factor for outdoor learning, and an hurdle for some. It was a valuable lesson for many to experience an outdoor lesson in the cold arctic winter.

During the seminar we met with a group of lecturers and workshopleaders, that showed us examples of outdoor parctices. The seminar includes variety of tasks from theoretical, experiences and hands-on learning. All aiming to create and holistic learning cycle and inspiration for the participants.


The social and cultural exchange is valuable for us as for the participants. The group performed with pure excellency and finished the seminar as a team with new friendships and network for the years to come.


Gudmundur Arngrimsson

Seminar host



"The highest quality Comenius qualification development activity, 2011"

Posted by cursusiceland on February 13, 2013 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)



Cursus Iceland received the honor of being chosen "The highest quality Comenius qualification development activity, 2011" by the Lithuanian national agency, presented in the institution´s annual report. This recognition was given for the Seminar on outdoor education, landscape qualities and outdoor education facilities.


Virginija Augustaitienė from Lithuania attended the seminar in March 2012, and presented her evaluation of the seminar to the Lithuanian national agency following her arrival.


Some of Virginija´s words on the seminar  are as following:


"The course consisted from several main topics: team work, team formation, development of outdoor education ideas, organisation of various activities outdoors, as well as ways how integrate and transfer the topics that pupils learn indoor into the outdoor environment in order to encourage children to stay, act, and learn outdoor as much as possible, and to stimulate teachers‘ creative attitude towards educational process through making it more diverse with adding new methods, tools, and experience. Experience gained during the already completed projects was also shared, we have visited the educational institutions, observed and actively participated in practical activities."


Lithuanian national agency.


Lithuanian national agency, annual report on excellent practice 2011.

Round 2 for the Comenius_Grundtvig seminars,

Posted by cursusiceland on January 23, 2013 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Round 2 for the Comenius_Grundtvig seminars,

01. May - 31. August 2013.

 

Application deadline for round 2. 2013 in the Comenius_Grundtvig programme exceeded on the 17th of January. Cursus Iceland received applications from 27 European countries for the two outdoor programs, Outdoor education and Outdoor arts & crafts.

 

Preparation for the summer is well underway and we are expecting a prosperous and memorable season.

 

In 2012 Cursus Iceland carried out 4 sessions of the two programs with good results, with teachers arriving from across Europe for a 1 week stay and experience.

New seminars on outdoor education in 2013.

Posted by cursusiceland on October 28, 2012 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

New sessions of the seminar on Outdoor education, landscape qualities and outdoor education facilities in 2013, in Reykjavik Iceland. -by Cursus Iceland.

Cursus Iceland is organizing several sessions of the seminar on Outdoor education, landscape qualities and outdoor education facilities in the year 2013

 

The seminar dates in 2013 that are still open for application are following:

 

Application before 16. January 2013.

Session 1. 27.05 – 01.06

Session 2. 10.06 – 15.06

Session 3. 24.06 – 29.06

Session 4. 12.08 – 17.08

Application before 30.april 2013.

Session 5. 02.09 – 07.09

Session 6. 16.09 – 21.09

Session 7. 07.10 – 12.10

 

You will find further information on the Comenius-Grundtvig database: http://ec.europa.eu/education/trainingdatabase/index.cfm?fuseaction=DisplayCourse&cid=34141

 

 

The seminar is aimed at teachers and trainers working with children and young people in the outdoors. The seminar is build up by mixture of lectures, activites and outdoor workshops.

 

The seminar topics are following:

Team building & outdoor games

Outdoor & Environmental education

Workshops

Landscape qualities

Outdoor education facilities

Materials & crafts

Cooking

Community resource

Experiential learning & youth work.


 

 

Andy Goldsworthy inspiring outdoor educators

Posted by cursusiceland on September 22, 2012 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The world famous artist Andy Goldsworty is inspiring outdoor educators with his installations and artwork made with natural and local material. His approach is imiginative, sensitive, delicate and surprising, making the viewer shift focus and consider the environment. Most of his artwork is temporary and processed by the life cycle, the force of nature. This delicate approach to nature and philosphy of change and process is applicable in many outdoor subjects, and is being recieved with motivated spirit by teachers. Karólína Einarsdóttir, is leading the topic of environmenttal art/eco-art as a part of the outdoor seminars organized by Cursus Iceland. Her inspiring lectures and workshops are being highly credited by the participants.

Kristina Strand, a teacher from ESS-gymnasiet in Stockholm Sweden made this amazing artwork, inspired by Andy Goldsworthy as a part of the workshop carried out by Karólína, during the Seminar on Outdoor education, landscape Qualities and Outdoor education facilities.


Outdoor arts and crafts.

Posted by cursusiceland on September 20, 2012 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

7 participants from 4 European countries participated in the first Outdoor arts & crafts seminar held in the period of 3-8 September 2012. The seminar was a success, challenging and creative.

Here are the participants, sitting on the freshly constructed benches by the sturdy new table, built as well by the amazing ladies. All made of natural local materials.


Outdoor seminar finished with a success

Posted by cursusiceland on April 19, 2012 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (1)

16 teachers from 10 European countries finished the Seminar on Outdoor education, landscape qualities and Outdoor education facilities, on 31. March. They have now been invited to join the Langeldur - Outdoor learning network to continue developing their practice and exchange.

The seminar edalt with outdoor education in different scales, activities and settings. Among the activities was the challenge of caving.

Here is the group safe and sound on the surface again, with the seminar hosts.



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