Chapter 12 MIKROAKADEMIE: peer learning to enrich the curriculum and enhance participation and self-reflection
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The MIKROAKADEMIE is a peer-to-peer learning environment for planners, urban designers, architects and students from related fields established at TU Berlin. It consists of a series of hands-on seminars that reach beyond the scope of standard teaching and introduce discourses and contents that would otherwise not be taught. Participants pass on and co-develop their knowledge and learn communication and representation techniques such as hand-drawing, CAD, photography, video-making, remote sensing, cartography/GIS, design methodologies etc. The concept was developed with a focus on students’ media literacy. It enriches the planning programme’s curriculum with bottom-up defined content. Therein, the role of the teacher becomes that of a coach, who accompanies his team (the students) in a solution- and goal-oriented manner, activates potentials, encourages performance, continues to develop competences and promotes the understanding of the subject or matter discussed by encouraging constant review and self-reflection. At the same time, students are trained in independent thinking, research, problem solving, decision-making and being an educative planner themselves. The MIKROAKADEMIE contributes to shaping students’ understanding of teaching as a progressive, interactive and recurring process, where one learns “from each other” (i.e. “student-to-student”) by continuously and flexibly adapting to new situations/resources/ technologies, etc.; it promotes the capacity of autonomous, lifelong learning and teaching.

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