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WIHEA Learning Circles

Fellows can join a circle led by a colleague WIHEA Fellow to develop their expertise in an area that either explores new opportunities or tackles current challenges faced by Warwick and/or other higher education institutions across the world.

The Fellow's role is to gather intelligence, collaborate and share their findings to inform strategic and practical thinking and enhance institutional practice and policy. It enables Fellows to enhance their own expertise and leadership experience whilst being a part of a collective voice influencing Warwick’s future direction.

WIHEA Fellows are invited to contact lead fellows directly to join any of the Learning Circles below. If you would like to propose starting/leading a new learning circle, please email details to L.Drummond@warwick.ac.uk

Teaching Recognition & Reward (TR&R)

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Led by Jess Humphreys (ADC) and Lydia Plath (History). Informs institutional deliberation on:

  • Parity of research and teaching
  • Teaching career development
  • Recognition and reward of teaching activity

Pedagogic Research in HE

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Led by John Kirkman (ADC) and Richard Smith (Applied Linguistics), this open group involves:

  • Asking questions about our teaching
  • Opportunities to engage in research as well as with research
  • Professional Development through inquiry
  • Peer Collaboration to build pedagogic leadership capacity

Trans & Queer Pedagogies

Trans & Queer Pedagogy Learning Circle

Led by Sam Parr (SU) this Learning Circle looks at gender inclusive teaching and queer pedagogy in particular. The group will:

  • research and discuss existing literature
  • share teaching and learning practices
  • explore the trans student learning experience

Peer Dialogue

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Led by Jane Bryan (Law), this Group will:

  • Evaluate current systems and perceived effectiveness.
  • Explore peer review processes at other institutions.
  • Enhance the Warwick peer observation system.

Internationalisation

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Led by Caroline Gibson (IATL). Internationlistion is one of three aspects of learning beyond boundaries where Warwick excels. This open group explores:

  • Student mobility
  • Exchange of ideas, practices and experience across the discipline
  • Internationalisation in the curriculum

Interdisciplinarity

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Led by Debbi Marais (WMS) and Jo Wale (IATL), the Interdisciplinarity Learning Circle is an open group and aims to :

  • Share best practice
  • Discuss Key Themes, such as the benefits of and barriers to interdisciplinarity teaching and learning
  • Inform and steer the strategic development of interdisciplinarity at Warwick

Module Evaluation

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Led by Cathy Hampton (SMLC). This learning circle looks at:

  • existing practices in module evaluation in Warwick and elsewhere
  • literature on the topic
  • share best practice on how module evaluations can support learning

Learning Analytics

Learning analytics

Led by Russell Boyatt (ITS). Learning analytics may impact on student experience. This circle looks at:

  • the promise and perils of gathering, analysing and using student data
  • issues of privacy, consent, ethics and responsibilities
  • opportunities for analyis and intervention

Wellbeing Pedagogies

 Wellbeing

Led by Elena Riva (IATL) and Martin Mik (ADC) the circle will be space for:

  • Sharing practice;
  • Thinking at how we can design a whole educational experience that supports positive student and staff wellbeing;
  • Exploring the existing literature;
  • Engaging with the different stakeholders across Warwick University.

Anti-Racist Pedagogy and Process in HE

Inclusivity

Led by Meleisa Ono-George (History) and Anil Awesti (CLL), the aim of this learning circle is to:

  • Inform institutional deliberations on issues of BAME student experience and attainment, as it relates to teaching and learning.

 

Authentic Learning

Authenic learning problem based learning

Led by Catherine Bennett (WMS) and co-lead by Kate Owen, this is an open group, all staff welcome - problem or case based learning. The group will:

  • Act as a forum for new ideas and initiatives
  • Provide opportunities for interdisciplinary projects
  • Work with external stakeholders to explore their potential contribution

Employability

Employability

Led by Bo Kelestyn (Chemistry) and Emily Reid (WMS). Warwick feature highly in national and international graduate destination and employability rankings. This group will be an innovative space where:

  • Ideas can be tested
  • New approaches created
  • We learn from one another and other institutions

Student Voice/Experience

Student Voice

This Learning Circle led by Rebecca Freeman, aims to:

  • Engage with the literature around student voice and engagement in the development in the learning experience (rather than how learning takes place in the classroom)
  • Identify areas for research
  • Promote writing in the area of student voice

Third Space

Third

This Learning Circle is an open group, co-led by Sue Parr and Abigail Ball and is for any staff who consider themselves a third space professional and would like to be involved in discussions on the opportunities and challenges that this presents at Warwick.


Co-creation

Led by Damien Homer (Faculty of Arts) and Mairi Macintyre (Warwick Manufacturing Group), the aim of this learning circle is to:

  • Embed co-creation into everyday education practice at Warwick.

  • Co-creation can be between staff and students, but also between academic staff and professional services colleagues.

Restorative Justice in HE

Restorative Justice

Led by Imogen Davies (WMS), this Learning Circle aims to:

  • Explore how Restorative Justice works in other institutions (within and outside of HE)
  • Explore the literature on Restorative Justice and develop an evidence base relevant to Warwick
  • Engage with stakeholders from across the university and explore ways in which Restorative Justice processes might be used at Warwick

Peer Mentoring

Peer Mentoring

Led by David Lees (SMLC), this circle seeks to support the development of student peer mentoring at Warwick. The initial aims are:

  • To establish existing practice
  • To investigate examples of best practice across the sector
  • To support initiatives across the University to develop student peer mentoring and peer assisted learning
  • To examine potential future policy

Neurodiversity and the Student Experience

Led by Jagjeet Jutley-Neilson this WIHEA learning circle aims to bring together academics that are interested in exploring the Learning Experience of Students who identify as having Specific Learning Differences/Neurodivergent. Neurodiversity or Specific learning differences is a term that is commonly used to describe people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) including Asperger’s, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder (AD(H)D); co-occurrence amongst these is also common.