Contemplative Pedagogy Symposium 2020
Being Human in Higher Education
Online 25th August – 26th August 2020
Teaching and learning in higher education tends to focus on the cognitive, mental domain. The human body and the often inconvenient feelings and emotions that accompany our embodied experience are largely pushed aside in pursuit of logical, rational thought. Now that many of us have moved rapidly from inhabiting shared teaching spaces, collectively exploring ideas in close physical proximity, to ‘distance’ learning and connection through technology, cultivating the more human aspects of learning may be more challenging than ever.
This year’s symposium will explore what it means to be fully human in higher education with particular interest in how we make space for exploration of our embodied experience in online learning settings. Even before COVID-19 there was growing concern about the mental health of university staff and students. Pressure on staff and students to perform, focus on outputs rather than process, and implicit and explicit competitiveness in academic life were all thought to be contributing to this decline in wellbeing. This is likely to exacerbated by the insecurity that is now facing the sector. Even though, or perhaps because, we are now occupying different spaces from our colleagues and students it is crucial that we recognise that the experiences of staff and students are not separate from each other. Both students and educators experience the full gamut of humaness, including the upheaval and insecurity of the current context.
Contemplative practice can help us to explore our humanness and sit with complexity rather than reaching for quick fix solutions to the difficult aspects of our experience. This can support our learning and that of our students and inform our motivations and intentions as professionals. The symposium will provide a platform for exploring the relevance of contemplative pedagogy to our current situation with particular emphasis on online learning. The whole event will be underpinned with contemplative activities and interactions so that your learning will be experiential, not just theoretical.
We hope that you will join us for these two days to bring to life a unique type of learning community in which we will learn together, deepening connection with ourselves, each other and our capacity for service as educators.
Day 1 Workshops on Contemplative Pedagogy
|10.00 – 10.45||Welcome, introductions and instructions|
|11.00 – 12:30||Workshop 1|
|14:30 – 16:00||Workshop 2|
|16:00 – 16:15||Closing reflection|
Day 2 Open Space
Day 2 will use an adapted Open Space format allowing participants to set the agenda for the day. More information on Open Space can be found here.
The overarching theme of the day will be ‘Being human in higher education’. Participants are encouraged to contribute questions and ideas about the theme and how it connects with contemplative pedagogy. These will then form the framework of the day.
Several different options of activities and discussions will be available in each time slot.
|10:00 – 10:30||Introduction to Open Space|
|11:30 – 12:30||Open Space 1|
|13:30 – 14:30||Open Space 2|
|15:00 – 16:00||Open Space 3|
|16:00 – 16:30||Closing and next steps|
Contemplative pedagogy in higher education: building confidence and community
9th -12th September 2019
Emerson College, East Sussex, UK
A four-day symposium for educators
Teaching and supporting students in higher education within the current environment of political and financial uncertainty, is difficult. Increasing workloads and expectations, and growing anxiety and poor mental health amongst staff and students, reflect the challenging nature of both working and studying in modern day universities. Contemplative pedagogy, with its active embrace of the subjectivities of learners and educators, combined with its call for slowing down, feeling and connecting goes against the prevailing trends in higher education today. Growing research points to the value of contemplative approaches in teaching and learning, to deepen understanding, build community and improve the wellbeing of students and those teaching and supporting them.
The theme of this contemplative pedagogy symposium is building confidence and community and it is relevant for anyone with an interest in contemplative ways of teaching and learning, no matter their level of experience or formal role. The event will include workshops run by participants who will demonstrate how they use contemplative practices in teaching, learning and the support students. There will be time to engage in contemplative practices together and actively build our community. Through the use of Open Space Technology, there will be deep exploration of your own questions and the gentle fostering of confidence and community.
At this point we envisage three key areas for exploration:
- How do we slow and deepen learning both for ourselves and our students?
- How do we build community both within our institutions and outside, so that difficult social challenges such as social justice and inequality can be explored meaningfully and tackled effectively?
- How can contemplative pedagogy contribute to culture change so that we might create a more just and sustainable future in and through higher education?
We invite you to come with an inquisitive mind and a willingness to actively participate and explore your own experience. The event will create space for reflection and meaning making, allowing you to develop greater confidence in your role as an educator and the potential for change that this embodies. This will, again, be a truly unique event on your conference timetable.
This four-day event at Emerson College will bring together educators working in higher or further education, with an interest in contemplative pedagogy to explore question such as:
* What is contemplative pedagogy?
* How can contemplative practice be integrated in higher and further education both by educators and students?
* How is contemplative pedagogy related to radical and critical pedagogies?
* What role can contemplative pedagogy play in promoting not just wellbeing but social change and social justice?
* What questions does contemplative pedagogy raise about the meaning of the educational endeavour, particularly within universities?
Emerson College, East Sussex, Forest Row, RH18 5JX
Fees and Payment including tuition, all meals and single room accommodation
After January 31st 2018
Employer funded: £580
Contemplative Pedagogy: a counterforce in higher education?
Monday 10th & Tuesday 11th April 2017 at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
You are warmly invited to participate in an Open Space Technology (OST) event around the theme of: Contemplative Pedagogy: a counterforce in higher education?
Who should attend? Anyone interested in contemplative pedagogy in higher education.
What is the format? This is a real time, real place, live, face-to-face event. We’ll use ‘Open Space Technology’ (=’open space’ as technology) to connect, relate to each other and explore this broad topic.
There is no agenda.
There is no preparation required.
There are no key note speakers or invited papers.
Just come and join in and be prepared to relate, engage, contribute and learn.
Both days – Waged : £125 or Student/unwaged: £65
One day – Waged : £75 Student/unwaged: £40
Refreshments and lunch included
Please register no later than 31 March 2017
Doing less, learning more: the potential of contemplative pedagogy in health professional education
Seminar faciliated by Caroline Barratt
Wednesday 25th May 2016 3 -4.30pm
Room 2S2.5.20 University of Essex, Colchester Campus
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for details
Growing Contemplative Practices in Higher Education?
Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, EH21 6UU, Scotland
Friday 22nd April 2016, 9am-4.30pm
The event will use Open Space Technology to explore if and how contemplative practices, mindfulness and meditation should and could be grown within the Higher Education context.
There is no agenda. There is no preparation required. There are no key note speakers or invited papers. Just come and join in and be prepared to relate, engage, contribute and learn.
Financial exchange: £50 (employed) or £25 (unemployed/student) Places: 60