The OPEDUCA Concept offers a set of guidelines, instruments and applied practice to be molded into a coherent program for the full-scale transition towards ESD-based Education, integrating amongst others Environmental Education, Entrepreneurship Education, Technology, Languages and Citizenship.
The main instruments are 'Flight for Knowledge', 'BusinessClass', 'Global' and 'MasterClass', each of which unfolds in numerous practical pedagogies and resulting learning activities that are complementary, not stand-alone or double-up. The whole can be efficiently organized in an OPEDUCA Based School.
Based on the OPEDUCA idea students should be enabled to learn anytime, anyplace, with anybody, through any device on future defining themes, Flight for Knowledge comprises the basic instrumentation. The pedagogy sees amongst others to theme-based transdisciplinary learning and continuously connected education within the region. OPEDUCA Flight for Knowledge is the pedagogical framework to operationalize ongoing theme-based learning. Although elements of the instrument are inextricably linked and part of a continuous process, we here present the concept by distinguishing between the idea of ‘Fields of Knowledge’ and ‘Flight for Knowledge’ as an educational process, then link the instrument to the concept of OPEDUCA-regions by way of distributed sources of education.
OPEDUCA BusinessClass comprises Entrepreneurship Education, Entrepreneurial Learning, Business Education and Personal Development.
BusinessClass particularly sees to the development of youngsters’ belief in their own ability to develop, evoke change, achieve and belong, be of value to society and themselves. The development of an entrepreneurial attitude is seen to complement the growing understanding of a more sustainable future with the capacity to envision change, re-steer from the present, create and rebuild. The ability to turn ideas into action is taken as the common denominator of human’s capacity to create change, be agentic, effective - entrepreneurial.
BusinessClass focuses on behavior, the development of an entrepreneurial attitude and competences. The capability to transfer thinking into entrepreneurial action in a socially responsible way key.
OPEDUCA Global manifests the local-to-global learning connection, taking the regional working of the other instruments to the global level through exchanges and connected learning processes.
OPEDUCA Global sees to the student's understanding of one’s own region as a composing part of a global society. The concept expands the working of Flight for Knowledge and BusinessClass, taking students’ study of the fabric of society from local to global by way of exchanges with peers, Teachers and Educators in other regions around the world, reaching out to educational sources beyond one’s own region.
Respecting the role, position and capacity of Teachers as being of strategic importance for any envisioned improvement of education, OPEDUCA MasterClass is a key instrument. Understanding the conjunction where teachers and learners cooperate is the heart of the educational process.
Teachers are expected to have a more prominent role in OPEDUCA than one might presume when considering the student-owned and -steered qualities of the approach. Their proposed practice contains more than classroom-based instruction, their profession not degraded to a ‘guide on the side’ or ‘coach’. Any sense of obsoleteness will make way for more relevance as the teacher has to deliver on the individual, Study-Team and school-level.
It is first teachers that take up the essentials of OPEDUCA-based learning by way of a challenging, intensive and selective more-day OPEDUCA MasterClasses.