Subject description for 2019/20
Experience Pedagogy
Subject description for 2019/20

Experience Pedagogy

This module is part of the semester package Adventure Knowledge, but can also be taken separately. It gives an introduction to the Norwegian educational system, and political and philosophical perspectives behind this system. The focus will be on efforts in Norwegian schools to change the view on learning from looking on knowledge as something that can be transmitted, to something that is a result of participation in social and cultural processes, based on activity, experience and reflection. The students will take part in study visits to kindergartens and schools and must themselves organize a one-day-program for Norwegian pupils presenting characteristic and interesting information about their own home country. This is called "The world experience day".

Higher Education Entrance Qualification and English language proficiency.

Can be taken as an individual course.

Places on the course are limited. Students who apply for admission to the stdy programme are given priority over students who wish to take it as an individual course.

If the number of international applicants exceeds the number of places available, students from institutions holding a student exchange agreement with Nord University will be prioritized

Since oral communication and written work will be in English, students will have to master English as a working language to pass the course.


On successful completion of the course the students will have knowledge about:

  • The Norwegian educational system: The educational structure, the Education Act, the curriculum and traditions and fundamental ideas behind this system.
  • Place-based learning (PBL) as an approach to educational provision and the Educational Philosophy about Learning called Experience pedagogy and experience-based learning (EBL):
    • What is experience?
    • What is learning?
    • The relation between experience, reflection and learning.
    • Examples of experience based learning in Norwegian Schools:
      • Outdoor Learning.
      • Cultural activities in school.
      • Entrepreneurship-learning in school.
    • EU-politics for experience-based, informal and lifelong learning.


On successful completion of the course the students will be able to:

  • Analyse, describe and compare the Norwegian educational system with the school system in their home country and other countries.
  • Take part in place- and experience based learning activities like study visits and excursions.
  • Plan and organize place and experience-based learning activities for children.

General competence:

On successful completion of the course the students will have the competence to:

  • Understand different concepts of learning and the use of them in the national educational systems.
  • Take part in discussions about the ideas behind the formation of the European and national educational systems.
  • Be reflective about their own learning in different contexts.
No tuition fees. Costs for semester registration and course literature apply. Some minor expenses connected to the study visits and the World Experience Day.
The learning activities will be organized through lectures, group-work, study visits to a Norwegian camp school, ordinary and alternative schools and kindergartens. The students will be responsible for a one day experience-based programme for Norwegian pupils called "The World Experience Day".
Evaluation using mid-term and final surveys. Students are also encouraged to participate in the central quality surveys.

Composite assessment: All parts described below must be approved/passed to get a grade in the course.

Compulsory participation: A minimum of 80% participation is required. Counts 0/100 of the grade.

Home exam: 4-day individual written home exam. Assessment expressions A-F, where A is the best grade and the F is not passed. Counts 100/100 of the grade