Arranging a national student workshop in Bergen

 

From the 14th to the 15th of January, engaged and active students from UiB, UiO, UiT and UNIS will gather in Bergen for a national student workshop.

The challenges posed by global environmental changes and the increasing demand for Earth’s finite resources underscore the dependence of future civilization upon improved Earth System knowledge. In Norway, this challenge is particularly evident in navigating the juxtaposition between our role as a global energy supplier and our ambition to be a world leader in environmental management. Identifying and addressing these future challenges therefore requires new thinking about the modern geoscientist role in society, and a correspondingly new orientation in our geoscience education. The result is iEarth (Center for Integrated Earth Science Education), a national network consisting of geoscience education and research institutions at UiB, UiO, UiT and UNIS, which will work together to create a future-oriented and innovative learning environment. iEarth needs engaged students who cares about their everyday student life, concerned about their learning, and willing to put in an effort to create the education relevant for the society. Together we will develop state-of-the-art teaching methodology, adopt modern technologies and tailor the education for future needs.

With this as the backdrop, we are now gathering 2-4 students from each partner department to share ideas and thoughts for the future geoscience education. Through use of the Design Thinking approach and the help from mentors, the students will work on ideas for new teaching- and learning methods.