Short Courses

COL at the Festival of Creative Learning 2018

The Centre for Open Learning is hosting a series of events as part of the University of Edinburgh's Festival of Creative Learning 2018.

For the third consecutive year, the Centre for Open Learning is hosting a series of free events during the University's Festival of Creative Learning 2018.

The Festival of Creative Learning is a year-long festival exploring creative learning and innovation at the University of Edinburgh. It is supported by the Institute for Academic Development (IAD) and invites staff and students to host creative learning events.

In previous years COL has joined forces with Edinburgh Food Studio for interactive dining experiences, asked the public to document their memories in a communal art project and introduced Teaching English as a Foreign Language skills to students. This year the Centre for Open Learning is hosting six events during the Festival. All events are free.

Urban Walks: Sensory

Experience the art of walking during this fantastic workshop and walking tour around historic Edinburgh. After an introduction to walking as an artistic activity and a demonstration on how to record your walk using a notebook or your mobile phone, you will be guided through Edinburgh where you will use your senses to experience the city like never before!

Tuesday 20 February 2018, 9:30am-12.30pm  |  Free  |  Open to the public
Book your free place

Spanish Beginners and Mindfulness Workshop

This workshop is an opportunity to practice mindfulness as a preamble to learning Spanish and also as a resource during the class. The workshop will introduce and explore the basic practice and concepts of mindfulness followed by a Beginners Spanish class. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on their own way of learning and experience this new approach to it. Come and learn a bit of Spanish with a difference.
Tuesday 20 & Thursday 22 February 2018, 4:00-9:00pm  |  Free  |  Open to UoE staff/students/alumni

Book your free place for Tuesday's session

Book your free place for Thursday's session

History in our Own Words: Sally Crumplin

This interactive and friendly workshop uses local historical evidence as the starting point for sharing, discussing and recording local history and the community's place in it. Designed for and taking place within the community around Dumbiedykes, the workshop will focus on local and historical maps to draw together people's ideas, understanding and experiences of their own local area.

Wednesday 21 February, 10:30am-12:30pm  |  Free  |  Open to residents in/around Holyrood
This event is not available to book online. To book, please call our Reception team on 0131 650 4400 or email col@ed.ac.uk

Teach Your Way Around the World: An Introduction to TEFL

A half-day workshop to explore practically the world of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and find out what is involved. Participants will take on the role of language learners and future teachers in an experiential and dynamic workshop.
Wednesday 21 February, 9:00am-13:00pm  |  Free  |  Open to UoE staff/students/alumni
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Urban Walks: Algorithmic

An algorithmic walk uses a simple set of rules to determine a route the walker may not have expected. After an introduction to walking as an artistic activity and a demonstration on how to record your walk using a notebook or your mobile phone, you will be guided through Edinburgh where you will use a predetermined set of rules to experience the city in new and exciting ways!
Friday 23 February 2018, 9:30am-12.30pm  |  Free  |  Open to the public
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The Archaeology of Graffiti

Join Dr Alex Hale as he introduces the concept of archaeological study with a focus on graffiti, which has been recognised since Prehistory. This interactive session will discover the range of public and private markings that range from the past to the present day.
Friday 23 February 2018, 1:30pm–4:30pm  |  Free  |  Open to the public
Book your free place

The above events may be photographed and/or recorded for promotional or recruitment materials for the University and University approved third parties. If you have any accessibility needs, please let our friendly team know in advance of the event by emailing col@ed.ac.uk or calling 0131 650 4400.