This is my last post in this blog and I thought I would start the post by summing up what I’ve been doing during my time at EfD. So, during my 8 weeks here I (together with Erik) have been:
- traveling to Costa Rica
- studying the preconditions for CATIE being a potential start site for the M.Sc. program
- having meetings with students at CATIE
- having meetings with teachers at CATIE
- having meetings with the IT support at CATIE
- having a workshop with some of the staff at CATIE
- auscultating lectures at CATIE
- having several meetings with Gunnar and Francisco (the initial brains behind the idea of the global M.Sc. program) about the M.Sc. program
- having meetings with Gunnar, Francisco and Thomas about leadership and how they handle it at EfD
- having meetings with teaching assistants at EfD
- creating illustrations that EfD can use in their future work with the new program:
- the illustration of the EfD studies
- the illustration of backwards design
- the illustration of the road map for the creation of the program
- starting to create guidelines for how to study the preconditions of a potential start site for the M.Sc. program
- having a seminar as a part of the handover to EfD.
As you can see there is a lot you can do in only 8 weeks! I’ve learnt very much during my time at EfD, I’ve seen many new places and I’ve come to know many knew friends (even some across the Atlantic). What’s really good is that I’ve also felt that I’ve had use for several things that I’ve learnt from my master program Lärande och ledarskap. For example, as you read in my previous post, I’ve used backwards design when discussing and thinking about the global M.Sc. program.
Since we’ve also discussed the teaching within the program (especially blended learning and flipped classroom) I’ve also had use of all of the pedagogics and learning models that we’ve talked about in the courses Analysera lärande and Naturvetenskapligt och tekniskt lärande 1 & 2 and that I’ve also experienced during my earlier internships at upper secondary schools. During these earlier internships I’ve learnt to observe and reflect a lot by auscultating other people’s and my own way of teaching and leading. This has been very useful, especially during the time in Costa Rica where we studied the preconditions of CATIE being a potential start site for the global M.Sc. program by for example auscultating lectures and seminars.
The creation of the global M.Sc. program can be described as a very big project, and therefore I’ve also had use for some of the project management that we’ve read in the courses Learning and leading in dysfunctional organizations and Utvecklingsprojekt i praktiken. These courses have helped me to better understand some of the things that has been happening within this big project. An example of this can be seen in my second post where I used the iron triangle to describe the trade-offs between time, cost and quality that’s been made when planning the creation of the program.
I’m quite sure that I’ve missed some things, but as you can see there is a lot from the program Lärande och ledarskap that I’ve had use of during my internship at EfD. In fact, the whole program Lärande och ledarskap has been an inspiration for me and Erik when discussing and thinking about the creation of this new program, especially since EfD wants to integrate leadership in the global M.Sc. program.
I think that I’ve developed during my internship at EfD, especially when it comes to making visualizations and conceptual models. I believe and hope that the illustrations I’ve made will be of use for EfD in the future.
And now, I’d like to end this post by sending the biggest thanks and hugs to all of the people I’ve met at EfD. I wish you all the best of luck with the creation of the global M.Sc. program. It’s been very cool to be a part of something so big and important. It’s also nice to feel that the end of my internship isn’t really an end, it’s the beginning of a very big project and I am very grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of the first steps on this long journey.