'Compassion and Higher Education'
Wednesday 4th April 4.00pm – 6.30pm, Regent Street, UG04
The University of Westminster invites you to join conversations on the theme of compassion at the third Centre for Teaching Innovation seminar for 2017 – 18. The seminar will be chaired by Dr Kathryn Waddington, Reader in Psychology at the University of Westminster and Visiting Senior Fellow in the Darwin International Institute for the Study of Compassion. The speakers featured are;
"How do we root explicit attention to compassion right into the education system - that is, including in assessment?" - Dr Theo Gilbert School of Humanities, University of Hertfordshire
A growing body of studies in several disciplines corroborate each other's findings on why we must do this for student well-being and for raising group intelligences, both social and academic. But how are we to translate these findings into simple, practical strategies in the class room that could that bear the scrutiny of assessment? Here are some ideas that have made it possible to award individual credit - for use of the evidence-based micro-skills of compassion in group work - on some modules in the Business School, Computer Science and the Humanities at the University of Hertfordshire.
'From cohort to community - creating a collaborative, caring and engaging learning experience for Level 4 Marketing students' - Darrell Kofkin, Westminster Business School
Parsuraman et al (1988) first posited that closing the service delivery gap can help to ensure customer expectations are met or exceeded. Designing and planning courses that meet the expectations of a 'Gen Y' tech-savvy student can therefore have a significant impact on enhancing the student experience, leading to improved National Student Survey satisfaction scores. Courses and associated modules must be designed with the target audience in mind. Therefore it is critical that if we are to attract students to our courses in an increasingly competitive market, and if student satisfaction levels are to rise, then courses must become trusted communities of faculty and students where value is exchanged, shared, co-created (Vargo and Lusch 2004) and celebrated.
'Green moments: everyday compassionate practices to re-humanise academic spaces' - Justin Haroun, Faculty of Science and Technology.
The academic world has changed. With increasing pressure, limited resources and diversification of roles, academics often work longer hours and take on responsibilities that are far removed from what they specialised in. In an increasingly commercialised sector there are new pressures that academics are required to navigate in order to "get on" in the profession. From workload allocations to the literal spaces in which academics inhabit the opportunities for connection, dialogue and affiliation are side-lined and undervalued. Universities have always been places of critique and high drive but now they have increasingly become places of high stress. This presentation aims to offer some of the science behind a need for more acts of compassion in higher education, both towards helping others and supporting ourselves. It will explore the everyday practices and acts of compassion and self-compassion that serve to re-humanise the spaces in which thought can flourish. Linking those practices to the science and evidence for their effectiveness.
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