Educators in Brazil, Holland, Portugal and Spain have received licenses to run the Kaospilot course “The Art and Craft of Designing and Facilitating Learning Spaces” in their own languages. This export of education is an important step in sharing the educational knowledge that the Kaospilot school has gathered during the past 25 years. 





“The Art and Craft of Designing and Facilitating Learning Spaces is a Kaospilot programme that trains educators and ”edu-preneurs” in creating new curriculums to engage their students more in the learning process.


Simon Kavanagh is the programme developer, and now he has also trained others in facilitating the course. The chosen externals have been given licenses from Kaospilot to promote, run and facilitate the course in their national languages.


- As part of the Kaospilot’s 25th anniversary we decided to make this license model to spread our knowledge in even more parts of the world, and give back at a very important time for educational development and change, says Simon Kavanagh. He himself has been teaching the course in both Denmark, the U.S., Canada, Malaysia and across Europe.



Sharing educational knowledge

The course is a three-day masterclass that gives educators the tools to create learning spaces that provoke creativity, innovation, autonomy and risk taking.


-       The programme stands on the shoulders of the methodology and pedagogic approach that we use at Kaospilot, which is very much hands-on and co-creative with the students. We developed the course to share our experiences and knowledge of experiential learning with other educational systems. That we are now expanding to other countries, not only by travelling to others countries ourselves but also through the license model, is only a natural extension of the knowledge-sharing we wish to see, says Simon Kavanagh.


Everyone is welcome to share the methods and tools they learn at the course, but for people to represent Kaospilot they need to be trained by Simon Kavanagh before getting the license, which gives authorisation to run this exact Kaospilot programme. The licensed programmes run in Spain, Holland, Brazil and soon Portugal.





Connecting Dutch students and teachers

In Holland Joska Spruyt now runs the programme. So far 70 people have attended the course under his facilitation and three more courses are to come this summer. He experienced the need for a programme like this when he worked as a teacher.


-       I think that “Meeting the students where they are at” as we focus on in the Kaospilot methodology, has become rare in education. As a teacher I saw good students dropping out of university because they were bored, and I saw good teachers with burn-outs because they were working very hard but not for what they felt as being important in education, says Joska Spruyt. Therefore he sees a demand for this course in Holland also.


-       I see a need for both students and teachers to connect and be challenged again. In the courses I make teachers and management remember how wonderfully effective and rewarding teaching can be, and I offer them tools to develop and measure soft skills and attitudes, which become increasingly important in complex work, says Joska Spruyt.



The programme developer learned the hard way

Since the programme was first launched at Kaospilot three years ago 750 professionals within the educational sector have graduated.


-       We want to support educators in transforming from being teachers to being facilitators of learning spaces. We believe that students best learn in this way and become more independent and innovative, says Simon Kavanagh.


When he himself first started working at Kaospilot ten years ago it was to get the newest knowledge within challenging and engaging pedagogy. And he had to unlearn everything he had learned as a teacher so far.


-       I had to create more of a facilitator role and rethink the student-teacher relationship. At Kaospilot the students are very co-creative in the learning process and demand ownership and transparency. I learned to incorporate their input in the educational work the hard way, Simon Kavanagh remembers with a smile.


- I thought about how others could learn from my learning and that is what has resulted in this programme. It means very much to me to share this knowledge and that is why the outreach of the programme is so important, he says.



Interest throughout the world

Simon Kavanagh experiences a great interest from universities that need new designs of their curriculum and more experimental programmes.


-       There is a core need of exploring how to create authentic engagement in educations, he says.


The programme is both open for individuals and educational institutions. Some of the schools that Kaospilot have run “The Art and Craft of Designing and Facilitating Learning Spaces” for, are School of Visual Arts in New York, The Centre for Journalism Studies CFJ in Paris, and Bath Spa University in the U.K.


See more about the course here