Coordinator Lela Mosemghvdlishvili developed two new activities for the course Integrative Seminar IV: Societal Challenges. They aimed to strengthen students' metacognitive skills, namely reflection and self-awareness. The first activity, the Socratic Circle, was directed at nurturing students' listening skills and deep thinking. These discussions were fully student-led. After the discussion, reflections were written in class and at home by students. The second activity responded to an increased need to nurture students' soft skills, in particular cultivating empathy. In the elective tutorial project Bridging Self and Other traditional classroom education was combined with an experiential movement practice. Lela used movement and dance as a medium for learning activities and student projects. The assessment is showcased in the forthcoming handbook Meaningful Assessment in Interdisciplinary Education (Amsterdam University Press).
The Socratic Circle, without overstatement, exceeded my expectations, and the students reported it as one of the most ‘meaningful’ in class discussions at the university level.Lela Mosemghvdlishvili, PhD