Functioning as both a verb and a noun, the concept of fika is simple. It is the moment that you take a break, often with a cup of coffee, but alternatively with tea, and find a baked good to pair with it. You can do it alone, you can do it with friends. You can do it at home, in a park or at work. But the essential thing is that you do it, that you make time to take a break: that’s what fika is all about.Anna Brones and Johanna Kindvall in Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break
Recognizing that educational developers often don’t take enough time for breaks, and connecting with colleagues, the Fika Friday practice was introduced. One Friday a month, COED members are encouraged to grab a drink and/or a snack, grab a colleague, and take a break.
In recent months, COED has organized virtual Fika Friday sessions for the community. The virtual session is a chance to gather with colleagues from different institutions and take a break from your daily activities.