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.

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  • Independent of the number of students
  • Internet connection necessary
  • English, German

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Dyade(Resource ID: 9)

The Dyade is a conversation between two persons using pre-defined questions. The same questions are asked again in several rounds, allowing a more profound understanding of the topic. The Dyade is a tool mainly for self-reflection and to answer relevant questions.

You can use this method everywhere for different occasions. It is a suitable tool for intensive self-reflection, reflection of workshops or for finding motivations for a project. It can also be used to reflect private plans (e.g. moving) or to reflect interpersonal relations.

The aim is to get deeper into the topic and discover motivations/opinions because the same questions are asked again for several rounds. It can be agreed on different questions but they should be follow-up questions helping to get deeper into the topic.

It is most important that the answering person has time to think and answer. The person asking the question may not interrupt those that are answering.

Didactical Description of the Method

  1. The interview partners find themselves a quiet place, take a walk etc.
  2. Interview partner 1 (IP 1) asks Interview partner 2 (IP 2) the first question, IP 2 has 3-5 min time to answer the question. He/She can talk the full amount of time or use it for thinking about his/her answer. It is important that a) IP 1 does not interrupt or ask further questions and b) IP2 ends his/her answer in a clear and noticeable way. IP 1 continues to ask the following questions.
  3. After all questions are asked roles are reversed: IP 2 asks IP 1 the questions now and allows him/her the time to answer them.
  4. After both partners have answered the questions a new round with the same questions starts. First IP 1 asks and IP 2 answers and then vice versa again. The number of rounds is dependent on the available amount of time. It is recommended to have at least 3-4 rounds.
Type of teaching method
  • Brain storming
  • Reflection
Related Teaching Resources
No specific previous knowledge / related resources required
Topics of sustainability
Possible questions for self-reflection:
- What do you consider to be a fulfilling life?
- What made it hard for you from time to time?
- What does the world need for a successful change?
- What is your contribution to this change?

Possible questions concerning the motivation for a project/plan:
- Why is this project/plan the best possible way for you?
- What can you do especially well in this area?
- What could be the challenges?
- What would be alternative ways to reach your goal?

Possible questions after a workshop:
- Your personal developments in the last few hours/days?
- Tell me a moment where you were surprised about yourself.
- What experiences do you take home?
- How do you want to keep your experiences alive and remembered?

Other possible questions after a workshop:
- How did your comprehension change?
- Follow-up question: In which areas do you still act in a way that might not be appropriate?
- How would you solve those problems?
- Which specific initiatives would make sense?
- Name one specific next step.
- What support do you need to get there?
Strengths of the method
Self-reflection, deeper analysis of a topic, empathic listening
Assessment / evaluation
No assessment
Sources and Links
Funded by
Funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research within the framework of the call "Projekt MINT-Massenf├Ącher" (2011/12)

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Jonas Meyer MSc


Meyer Jonas
This teaching resource is allocated to following University:
KFUG - Karl-Franzens-University Graz
RCE Graz-Styria (KFU Graz)


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Type of teaching method

  • Brain storming
  • Reflection