Course: Digital Badge for third level staff

Praxis Global Citizenship and Development Education (Third Level Staff) Award

This digital badge is run by The Praxis Project which is housed at The Centre for Global Development, UCC

Lecturer/Academic Coordinator: 

Dr. Gertrude Cotter

Email:  gertrude.cotter@ucc.ie

Who can apply? 

Priority is given to all UCC Staff from all disciplines and from all departments.  All staff, academic, administrative, technical, maintenance, lecturers, researchers are welcome to apply.  Part-time and Full-time staff may apply.

Staff from other third level institutions may apply.  A fee of €200 applies to non-UCC staff.

Maximum number of participants per year:  16

This badge will introduce participants to the theory, themes, values, methodologies and practice of Critical Global Citizenship and Development Education (DGCE). It will facilitate them to contextualise this learning within their disciplines, pedagogy, research or other third level work and support them to develop cross-disciplinary collaboration and civic engagement skills, with a view to taking informed, collective action towards a just society.

How to apply?

Please write to gertrude.cotter@ucc.ie to express your interest.  Once a group of seven or eight people have expressed an interest we will organise the next digital badge, taking into account times which best suit you the participants.  Once you have expressed an interest you can go to this link to indicate the times and time of the year which suit you best:

https://ucc.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_25nqFi1LN2PAZE2

Rationale

All education sectors have a responsibility to respond to global challenges.  Research shows that there is insufficient provision of GCDE in third level education, which is why the Praxis Project is funded by Irish Aid. SDG 4.7 aims to ensure all learners acquire knowledge/skills needed to promote global citizenship.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcome 1 – Learners will demonstrate an understanding of key GCDE themes, skills, values, methodologies and ideas of active civic engagement for social change.

Learning Outcome 2 – Learners will demonstrate that they can apply critical GCDE theory and practice to their work (e.g. to pedagogy, policy development, practice, projects and research).

Learning Outcome 3 – Show an ability to take critically informed, responsible action on a social, cultural, environmental, economic or political challenge, injustice or inequality through engaged citizenship and illustrate that they can support or encourage their students or other third level stakeholders to do the same.

Learning Outcome 4 – Demonstrate ability to use a set of analytical, reflective, creative and digital competencies aimed at positive social change.

Participants will also:

  1. Show awareness of multiple perspectives, anti-racist and cross-cultural awareness in engaging with social justice, development and human rights issues.
  2. While not compulsory, there will be a focus on cross-disciplinary approaches to this work and those who wish to, can take a collaborative approach to pedagogy or problem solving.
  3. Provide evidence of ability to make critical connections between personal, local, global and planetary justice issues.

Badge Content and Learner Activities

Learners will attend a total of ten hours in person at UCC Campus.  You are also required to meet twice with the academic coordinator/lecturer on a one-to-one basis for a total of two hours for deep discussion on engagement and progress.  It is expected that you take an additional eight hours for self-directed learning.  See assessment section below.

We are currently conducting a survey to understand which format the ten hours on campus might take – see – https://ucc.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_25nqFi1LN2PAZE2

Assessment will be as follows:

(1) attendance, person, at UCC’s campus, for 10 hours – we are currently conducting a survey to understand which format this might take – see – https://ucc.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_25nqFi1LN2PAZE2

We are interested in accommodating you, the participants and will work with you to ensure that the times suit your needs.

(2) 2 x one-hour meetings with lecturer;

(3) in agreement with course coordinator, completion of one or more of the following:

  1. Write a case study of  your GCDE work during the academic year and present key points to other participants.  Case studies generally appear on the Praxis website but that is not obligatory;
  2. Develop a DGCE resource related to your discipline or work area, for the praxisucc.ie website;
  3. Collaborate with other participants to explore and find solutions to a specific societal challenge from a multi-disciplinary perspective (this may or may not be in collaboration with an external stakeholder such as Irish Aid, an NGO or other civic society organisation);
  4. Contribute to the development of an online course on GCDE aimed at third level students and staff.

Delivery Method

Please note that this is a very experiential approach to learning and is not a series of lectures.  Commitment to one another is an important aspect of GCDE and learning happens through dialogue, creativity, peer learning and participatory learning activities.