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Transforming Teaching

As Higher Education responds to ever-changing contexts, our assumptions about the purpose of the University and the roles of teachers and students working within it are regularly challenged. This compels us to reflect and to consider how our teaching practice both adapts to and creates new learning environments. We invite you to share your strategies and responses to change within higher education. What does learning and teaching in the early 21st century look like and feel like? How will higher education evolve in order to meet future challenges, and how will you create opportunities to enhance student learning?

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Session 1C (R1.13)

Creative Critical Reflection: Innovation for Student Learning Through Emotion and Senses, Motion in Open Space, and Creative Critical Thinking

Grier Palmer and Nese C. Tosun

WBS and Theatre and Performance Studies

This session will involve colleagues across the schedule, physically, emotionally, and pedagogically! It will focus on the audience ’tasting’ the student experiences of and responses to a radical core inter-disciplinary Undergraduate module that aims to boost criticality: and reflecting on how their own teaching practice could enlarge the emotional, creative, and critical learning opportunities for their students to develop richer critical processes as more independent adult learners, confidently questioning, exploring, and creating critical perspectives.

Grier Palmer teaches 'Critical Issues" for the Business and Law Schools, using creative criticality -- a pedagogic process he has developed over 10 years at Warwick. At WBS he was Assistant Dean for Creativity, Teaching and Learning; and won a WATE award in 2010/11, which he used to be trained at Harvard in Case study writing and teaching. He is currently writing a pedagogical and historiographical history of History at Oxford.

Nese Tosun is doctoral candidate in Theatre and Performance Studies.

Session 2C (R1.13)

Of 'Show' and 'Case'

Gary Watt

School of Law

An interactive workshop on the use of such performance techniques as movement and gesture to explore expression, excursion and translocation as attributes of education. Amongst our wanderings, we will wonder when to walk, and how to walk and where to walk; when to gesture, and how to gesture and where to gesture; if to sit and when to sit and where to sit. We will seek to appreciate rhetoric as an art of moving minds that is shared by teachers, advocates, orators and actors, and to put into practice Hamlet’s advice to the players, which was to “suit the action to the word”. As a lawyer I will explain the law’s approach to the “suit”, the “action” and the “word” and consider how a teacher’s approach might improve upon the law’s habits.

Professor Gary Watt is a National teaching Fellow and WATE winner. He was named national Law Teacher of the Year in 2009. This session uses techniques developed in his interdisciplinary module “Law and Literature” and in rhetoric workshops for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Session 3C (R1.13)

Student Seminars at Warwick Medical School

Claire Keith, Charlotte Littler, and Dave Larkin

Warwick Medical School

Student Seminars is a peer to peer learning project that uses a back to basics approach to learning, drawing out concepts and using practical activities to solidify knowledge. You will experience an interactive session, learning about the anatomy of the heart, whereabouts it actually sits in your body and have the chance to listen to your own heartbeat!

Claire Keith is a second year Medical Student who has previously worked as a tutor, as a tour guide, and in medical communications. She is the current MedSoc Societies and Education Officer and has an interest in medical education that she hopes to progress to a career.

Dave Larkin is a first year medical student and registered Pharmacist, and throughout his career to this point he has been closely involved in medical education. He have taken part in the first year of student seminars, and hopes to continue to support them in the coming academic year when he will be the Education and Societies Officer for the Medical Society.