Design Outdoor Education Programs for the Block

Design Outdoor Education Programs for the Block


3:45 – 4:35 pm
Thursday, 13th of July

Room: Stringy Bark 1

Aaron Simson-Woods
Craig Kappes

The aim of the presentation is to identify the challenges of designing and delivering outdoor education in an intensive block mode. To explore this issue, the presentation examines unit design and delivery practices undertaken in outdoor education curricula at an Australian university. A case study research method was applied, with two units being evaluated. The discussion is formed around the three years of experience that the presenters have in designing, delivering, and reviewing the two units.

About the Presenters

Aaron Simson-Woods and Craig Kappes are both teaching focused academics for the First Year College at Victoria University, teaching outdoor education and leadership. Aaron is currently studying a Master of Education at the University of Melbourne, Craig is currently studying a Graduate Certificate of Tertiary Education at Victoria University.

An advocate and lover of outdoor natural environments. These are places where I continually find purpose, meaning and pleasure. I have been a facilitator, teacher and administrator of outdoor education and adventure activity programming within secondary, tertiary and vocational learning spaces.

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