Sustainicum Collection

Consus The aim of the project is to establish a regional science-society network for sustainability innovations in Albania and Kosovo in order to strengthen the connection and collaboration of institutions in the field of higher education, research and practice.

Resource facts

  • 5 to 10 students
    More than 10 students
  • Up to 3 lecture units
  • Internet connection necessary
  • English, German

Resource Description

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Station Talk(Resource ID: 16)

This method helps developing new ideas for different topics in a structured way. Students work in teams of three or four, and rotate from one topic to the next. This way they can comment on the ideas of the previous group and also further develop the ideas.

A “Station Talk” aims at developing many ideas in a short time. Students initially decide on which of the subtopics they want to work and then as a group come up with first ideas. In the phases two and three, the students take the results of the previous group(s) and work on them – but always from the perspective of their initial subtopic. This makes them stakeholders of their initial subtopic. Finally, the group returns to its initial topic and sees the reactions of the other groups towards it. The results will be presented in the plenary.

Didactical description of the method

As a first step, the facilitator introduces the overall topic to the group. This could be ideas for a “reduction of the ecological footprint”. Secondly, students agree on three different subgroups and decide on which topic they want to work on.  These subgroups could be “mobility”, “food” and “housing”.

After working for ten minutes on the topic, the groups move clockwise to the next board (the procedure has been illustrated in an attached document). While the students work on the topics, the facilitator has an eye on the time and tells them when to move on (10 min per topic). At the end of the three rounds, every group has returned to its initial work station and can see what comments have been made by the others. If some comments don’t make sense, an ambassador can be sent to the other group for clarification.

The results will be presented by each group in a final plenary session.

Necessary Documents/Materials

  • Poster walls, posters, marker.
  • You will find an illustrated version of the “Station Talk” in the file attached.
Type of teaching method
  • Brain storming
Related Teaching Resources
No specific previous knowledge / related resources required
Topics of sustainability
Ecological footprint (mobility, food, housing), sustainable university (where does learning take place, who studies, when do people study), sustainable enterprises (price policy, resources, employees).
Strengths of the method
By using this tool, students learn how to reduce complexity by splitting an issue up to sub problems and thereby make it more concrete.
Students will learn how to deal with comments of others to “their” problem and how to consolidate these different mind sets into one final position
Funded by
Funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research within the framework of the call "Projekt MINT-Massenfächer" (2011/12)

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MMag. Nadine Shovakar


Shovakar Nadine
This teaching resource is allocated to following University:
KFUG - Karl-Franzens-University Graz


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Type of teaching method

  • Brain storming