Creating valuable learning partnerships in the contemporary university
Date: Friday 21st June 2019
Though the content may vary, nearly all the learning communities have three things in common. One is shared knowledge. By requiring students to take courses together and organizing those courses around a theme, learning communities seek to construct a shared, coherent curricular experience that is not just an unconnected array of courses in, say, composition, calculus, history, Spanish, and geology. In doing so, they seek to promote higher levels of cognitive complexity that cannot easily be obtained through participation in unrelated courses. The second is shared knowing. Learning communities enroll the same students in several classes so they get to know each other quickly and fairly intimately in a way that is part and parcel of their academic experience. By asking students to construct knowledge together, learning communities seek to involve students both socially and intellectually in ways that promote cognitive development as well as an appreciation for the many ways in which one’s own knowing is enhanced when other voices are part of that learning experience. The third is shared responsibility. Learning communities ask students to become responsible to each other in the process of trying to know. They participate in collaborative groups which require students to be mutually dependent on one another so that the learning of the group does not advance without each member doing her or his part
Keynote Speaker: Dr Ruth Healey, NTF, University of Chester “Developing learning communities through staff-student partnerships”
The Learning and Teaching Forum is inviting colleagues to contribute through workshops or lightning talks on the conference theme or posters on any aspect of teaching and learning.
Suggestions for contributions include: building and fostering effective learning communities; students as partners in learning design; peer support for teaching; collaborative and active approaches to learning. Please see the Guidance for Discussion Papers/Workshops/Lightning Talks/Poster Presentation proposals.
The deadline for submissions is Monday 18 February 2019 (week 7, spring term). Please complete the call for contributions form.
All members of staff and students are warmly invited to get involved, by either facilitating a session/poster or attending on the day.