The 7 Learning Outcomes have always been an integral part of the International Baccalaureate. These Learning Outcomes must be achieved by students as they complete their CAS Projects.
Educators around the world are finding it harder to provide students with meaningful Service Learning opportunities due to COVID-19 so we have curated a two-day virtual conference for schools and students to benefit from.
The Virtual CAS Conference inspires collaboration between up to 400 students from around the world. The weekend event will feature keynote speakers from leading global organizations, such as Extinction Rebellion and the United Nations, addressing the most pressing global issues of today; The Climate Crisis and COVID-19.
In addition to providing a platform to compare and challenge ideas, the conference will challenge students to work together in a Hackathon format to develop a long-term solution-focused Service project in response to a charity’s urgent, authentic need.
Here’s how students will interact with the 7 Learning Outcomes throughout the Virtual CAS Conference:
1. Identify your own strengths and develop areas for personal growth.
On Day 2, your students will be challenged to work collaboratively with 5-7 other students from around the world in a Hackathon to develop a solution to a charity’s urgent need.
Assessing and playing to individual team members’ strengths will be key, while post-experience reflection will identify areas for improvement and growth.
2. Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process.
Have you ever had to work against the clock with a team of people you’ve never met to initiate and plan a solution that could positively impact thousands of lives? No? We didn’t think so!
The unique, high-pressure challenge of the Virtual CAS Conference will force students out of their comfort zone, and require quick thinking and teamwork throughout.
3. Demonstrate how to initiate and plan a CAS experience.
On Day 2, students will hear from a charity who are facing a huge problem in their organization and provision of services. Students and their teams will work together to conceive, organize and develop an original solution to this problem.
Students must submit their plans by midnight, and the winning team will be awarded €1000 to go towards implementing their project for the charity. But regardless of whether their team wins or not, your students will come away with a comprehensive plan to implement a CAS Project.
4. Show commitment to and perseverance in CAS experiences.
This will not be easy. Students’ perceptions and beliefs may be challenged in the breakout workshops to discuss the keynote speakers’ presentations in Day 1.
Throughout Day 2, they will have to overcome obstacles and difficulties, as their teams race the clock to submit a well thought out, original and feasible solution to conquer the Hackathon.
5. Demonstrate the skills and recognize the benefits of working collaboratively.
Day 2 is all about the Hackathon – working collaboratively, communicating efficiently and working together with teammates will be absolutely crucial, if your students’ teams are to stand a chance of developing a feasible solution to the charity’s issue.
The challenge will be for students to divide tasks amongst each other, identifying and utilizing fellow team members’ strengths, and delivering their project idea on time.
As you know, all students must engage in a month-long collaborative CAS Project at some stage during your IBDP studies. All Virtual CAS Conference participants will come away with the plan and international team to implement this.
6. Demonstrate engagement with issues of global significance.
In 2020 the world has been blindsided with the COVID-19 global pandemic, and the myriad tragic challenges that it has created for humanity. Meanwhile, the Climate Crisis continues to rage, threatening our very existence, and is not going away anytime soon. These are the two most pressing global issues of our times.
By participating in the Virtual CAS Conference, students will expand and challenge their knowledge of these issues by hearing from representatives of two of the most important global players; the United Nations and Extinction Rebellion. Following keynote speeches by these organizations, your students will debate the merits of their actions with other students from around the world.
Finally, in Day 2’s Hackathon students will lay the groundworks for a tangible CAS Project that will make a genuine positive impact on one or both of these huge global issues.
7. Recognize and consider the ethics of choices and actions.
The breakout workshops following each keynote speaker will challenge students to dig deep and honestly assess their own day to day actions, as well as their beliefs and prejudices in relation to COVID-19 and the Climate Crisis.
While we cannot reveal the exact nature of the issue you will be tasked to solve in Day 2’s Hackathon, we can say that your students and their teams will have to consider the ethical impact of your proposal throughout. Does their solution consider the community and people in need first? Have they accounted for cultural sensitivities? How will it affect people’s lives?
Ready to explore the 7 Learning Outcomes and engage with meaningful Service learning? Register here to join hundreds of international school students at the Virtual CAS Conference this month.