“Designing Education” – academic workshops
As part of ICAEW’s AuditFutures University project, I have collaborated with Martin Martinoff to design and lead a number of innovative and interactive workshops for educators and faculties within leading business schools in the country. Over the past three years, we have engaged and mobilised progressive academics in an inquiry to discuss the future of business and finance education and to build an appreciation and agreement around effective pedagogy that could improve motivation and wisdom in students.
Through the AuditFutures University workshops, we design bespoke practical sessions for identified interest and needs in faculties and staff. Our sessions specifically focus on informing pedagogy, curriculum planning and design, with the aim to enrich educators’ repertoire of practical approaches for developing students’ critical and creative thinking, moral awareness, and interest in the accounting profession.
Over the past three years, we have engaged more than 50 universities by creating an empowering platform where educators can provide insights, share concerns and actively contribute toward building a community of forward-thinking educators.
Key themes of our workshops:
1) Aims of education
We actively engage in philosophical discussions to develop a vision for the future and the role of the university.
2) Future Professional
We explore the competencies and qualities that aspiring professionals would need in the future, building on the insights from the AuditFutures educational initiatives. In the context of future professional, we create the space to explore how education could help foster virtuous character and moral motivation in students.
3) Fostering Capabilities
We provide insights and theoretical approaches from the growing field of the learning sciences and will introduce practical ideas for new pedagogical approaches, such as philosophical inquiry.
4) Bringing it all together:
DESIGNING HOLISTIC EDUCATION THROUGH CURRICULUM, ENVIRONMENT AND PEDAGOGY
Building on the insights from the learning sciences, we explore methods for creating holistic conditions for the development of motivation, critical judgment and values in aspiring professionals. We further consider the wider educational ecosystem and the role of policy and professional practice in informing educational programmes.
Find out more on the AuditFutures page.