Tuesday, 15 May 2018

FW: Humanising learning and teaching – what the Arts and Humanities can do for learning and teaching in an age of metrics


Humanising learning and teaching – what the Arts and Humanities can do for learning and teaching in an age of metrics

18th June 2018, University of Stirling


As academic colleagues across the higher education sector continue to develop and expand their scholarship of learning and teaching, this afternoon allows us to pause and consider what methodologies and thinking from the Arts and Humanities disciplines can bring to a wider understanding of learning and teaching in Higher Education. Specifically, what might they contribute to current debates in a climate that is increasingly preoccupied with measurements and metrics? How can these practices benefit colleagues from across the disciplines, helping us all to translate, interpret and seek out patterns as a way of understanding what is happening and how we can learn from each other? This symposium aims to bring together colleagues exploring these diverse practices so that we can collectively and critically examine what value they bring to our own learning and teaching practices and those of our colleagues. Can we find a humanising language to explore meaningfully our increasingly metrics-driven higher education context? 


Areas to explore:

-          Examining learning and teaching from new perspectives

-          Embodying academic practice

-          Making power, resistance and desire in learning and teaching explicit

-          Exposing the fear and shame of teaching

-          Joy and creativity in teaching

-          The role of the humanities in the metrics-driven agenda of current HE sector in the UK





Welcome and introductions

14: 15

Provocations followed by group discussion (additional international speaker tbc)

-          Daphne Loads, University of Edinburgh

-          Marita Grimwood, Independent Consultant

-          Jennie Mills, University of Warwick


Coffee Break


Visualising learning and teaching


Provocations followed by group discussion (additional speaker tbc)

-          Sam Ellis, Glasgow Caledonian University

-          Catriona Cunningham, University of Stirling




Writing learning and teaching


Next steps identified


Close of day




Best wishes,



Dr Catriona Cunningham | Academic Development Partner | HR&OD | University of Stirling | FK9 4LA |01786 467942



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