Participation in higher education

I work as a parttime university teacher at a University in Bogota Colombia. I mentor the industrial design students during their final projects.
It is a 4 months long process, where they are expected to be creative, innovative and independant, to a degree that most of them have not been used to during their first 4 years at the university.

I have started introducing a series of participatory spaces and practices like check ins and check outs – group work in adapted world cafe formats, feed back sessions all with the intent to create a more creative and participatory culture in the classroom

It is slowly starting to take root and I am working on a proposal for the whole department about how to include these ways of working in the study plan and the long term strategy of the university.

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