In the swimming/aquatics network group we sketched out 4 different approaches to sustainability, that is maintaining, prolonging and developing our activities together, but the time schedule, eagerness and an intention not only to skate on the surface allowed us to mainly focus on 2 of them:
The swimming/aquatics network group would like to develop and do an Intensive summer course together in 2016, preferably in late June or late August. It should be a combined practical / theoretical course, that combines different cultural perspectives. The content should be a mixture of different aquatic activities in close relation to various pedagogical, didactical, psychological, philosophical subjects and themes. We imagine that the course is a recurring activity, where host and locality is changing and rotating for every new course, but we ended up deciding that the first one should be prepared for and done in Copenhagen. In order to become aware of potential collaborations each member/institution will describe areas of interest and possible interdisciplinary themes/subjects. We would like this new intensive course to be a crisscross of and additional to our existing courses. Participation in the course should, if possible, render the students with 5-10 Ects, but we had questions and doubts of compatibility among Nordplus member institutions.
In relation specifically to the development of this course and in general we intend to apply for staff exchange to plan the ways and content of our future cooperation. If funding for that Is not granted, we might just be lucky that it will be possible to meet at some conference we are all attending, or at the Nordplus conference next year.
The next activity we discussed for an even longer period was different topics of potential research cooperation. Dagmar Dahl presented the ideas as an umbrella model named AQUATICS consisting of a long list of interdependable and interwoven subjects and perspectives for example: teacher education and competence, teacher didactics and methods, the physical and learning environment, the students or the target group, the swimming organizations and federations, educational and institutional context, the teaching content, the learning objectives or purpose of teaching.
Because a new member from Lithuania joined us, we ended up describing and discussing courses and cases at our home institution as a way of introduction to each other. Also looking at concrete course material and assessment/evaluation methods as examples we subsequently discussed quality of education.
In the end we had to leave out or postpone two points on our agenda: ideas and applying for “Exchange of staff or teacher visits” and “Writing articles together for scientific journals”. Tacitly, we probably assumed they would follow naturally from the actualization of the Intensive course and the Research cooperation.