Rich Learning Environments - Exploring the potential of created, built and natural environments as sites for transformative learning and nurturing capacities of global citizens. Back to events list

Date: September 15th, 2018 at 09:30 to September 16th, 2018 at 17:00
Venue: CIT Crawford College of Art & Design


Rich Learning Environments:

Exploring the potential of created, built and natural environments as sites for transformative learning and nurturing capacities of global citizens.


Dates: September 15th and 16th 2018

Time: 9:30-5pm

Cost: €40

The fee in a nominal fee as the programme is subsidised by Irish Aid. The nominal fee is considered a deposit and is non-refundable case of cancellation.                           

Location: CIT Crawford College of Art and Design Grand Parade Campus

Trainers: Jessica Carson, Claire Coughlan and Helen O Keefe

Jessica Carson is the co-ordinator of the Creativity and Change CIT CCAD programme and has been bringing creativity to transformative learning experiences in a wide range of settings in Ireland and occasionally in Latin America where she has enjoyed rich exchange with and learning innovative artists and grassroots initiatives. She works as an artist, trainer, facilitator collaborator and learner.

Claire and Helen are both artists and facilitators who have collaboratively set up a mobile arts programme called Splattervan. Splattervan uses Graffiti and street art to engage with young people particularly young people at risk, who may not have been well served by the education system, young people in care and asylum-seeker young people. Through expressing themselves they become active citizens and change-makers, and the art work lives on to engage others. They realise they can make a difference for in the world both for  themselves and others. They are interested in the power of working with groups outside of usual learning environments and the impact this can have on the work created.

Workshop description

This workshop will explore what qualities makes a rich learning environment. It will explore existing natural and urban man-made environments as well as the importance of bringing creativity to learning spaces to make them richer and engaging. This experiential workshop will bring you to the streets of Cork city and to nearby natural environments and will support you to experience and explore the environment through the perspective of a global citizen. It will also explore how we can bring creativity to learning spaces to enrich learning experiences.

It will support you to consider how you can support learners to develop competences such as critical thinking, curiosity, empathy, initiative, resilience and sense of agency. Using principles of transformative learning we will explore how various processes in different environments can support learners to engage with their head, heart and hands, with knowledge and ways of thinking, with values emotions and sense of connection and with consideration of behaviours and actions.

Having participated in the workshop participants can expect…

  • To have had a personal transformative learning experience.
  • To take away a range of tools, processes and activities that you can use in designing learning experiences for others.
  • To take away principles you can apply to work in different environments
  • New inspiration
  • Motivation to view the wealth of potential for learning in the environments around us.

Who is it for?

The programme targets change-makers, educators, activists, artists, community workers, adult educators, youth workers, volunteers and anyone who is interested how creative engagement can nurture global citizenship and empathic action around local and global justice themes.

About Creativity and Change

In the Creativity and Change programme we believe that creative engagement can support transformative learning experiences that connect the head, hand and heart and nurture competences of global citizens that are important for the sustainable future of our world, competences such as

  • empathy
  • resilience
  • critical thinking
  • problem solving
  • ability to take action
  • compassion


Our core programme is an CIT Level 9 Accredited Award that runs one weekend / month during the academic Year. We also offer Master classes and an annual Youth engagement Lab for practitioners

Our training opportunities bring creative methodologies and energy to Global Citizenship/ Development Education. The programme is based in CIT Crawford College of Art and Design, in the Department of Arts in Health and Community Practices and is supported by Irish Aid.

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