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The Dark Would

Held on Wednesday 13 & Thursday 14 May 2015 at The University of Warwick

This IATL event explored innovation in pedagogy, learning, and teaching in Higher Education. It provided a space for staff and students of all disciplines to explore who they are as educators and learners, ask what they need to develop their pedagogical skills, ideas, and philosophies, meet those who think similarly, be challenged by those who don’t, collaborate with both, and experiment to the fullest extent possible.

Day One offered attendees the opportunity to explore the experimental teaching space The Dark Would, choose their own path through an array of taster workshops on pedagogy, teaching and learning, attend drop-in sessions, and participate in a panel discussion.

On Day Two, in a dynamic and supportive setting, experts from across the University offered practical support to attendees in developing their own pedagogic practice, including the chance to apply for a £1000 IATL pedagogic intervention grant. And attendees were invited again to get lost in the woods.

The programme below lists all the sessions that were on offer. All the session facilitators were asked to respond to the images and quotations you see below as a starting point; the published programme was kept deliberately vague to create a sense of curiosity, discovery, and mystery - which was explored throughout the event. However, if attendees preferred to have more detailed information about the sessions, this was available via thedarkwould at warwick dot ac dot uk.

To get a sense of the event, please explore Space and Place, a collection of short films inspired by the event (by Ben Cook, Anti/Type).


PROGRAMME

DAY 1 - Wednesday 13 May 2015

Day One offered the opportunity to explore the experimental teaching space The Dark Would, choose a path through an array of taster workshops on pedagogy, teaching and learning, attend drop-in sessions, and participate in a panel discussion.

09:00-09:30

Breakfast and Event Introduction
(Ramphal Foyer, Ramphal Building)

09:35-10:20 The Dark Would experience (Humanities Studio) Drop-in sessions
(see below)
10:20-11:05 Drop-in sessions
(see below)

The Dark Would experience
(Humanities Studio)

11:10-11:55 Block 1 (your choice of one of the following sessions)

Becoming a beginner: science busking
(R1.04, Ramphal Building)
Session led by Sarah Cosgriff (STEMnet, University of Birmingham)

panda ant

Ecopedagogy workshop
(R1.15, Ramphal Building)
Session led by Dr Rachel King (University of Warwick)

 

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Clowning workshop
 (R2.41, Ramphal Building)
Session led by Robbie Foulston  

clowning 


12:00-12:45 Drop-in sessions (see below)
12:50-13:35 Block 2 (your choice of one of the following sessions)

Day/Night science
(R03/04, Ramphal Building)
 Session led by Professor Paul Taylor, University of Leeds

"We could use the term "day science" for the logical side, and "night science" for the imaginative side. Of course, both sides complement each other and both are needed for progress. But, the embryo of discovery or of a new theory is always found in the night science".

Leo Esaki, 'The Challenge in Frontiers of Science and Technology', Einstein Symposium 2005.

"All grown up..ish": primary school pedagogy in a university setting
 
(R0.14, Ramphal Building)
Session led by Phil Gaydon (IATL) and Miss Ghuman (Earlsdon Primary School)

"Only as a result of unusual teaching do we break through this mask formed by the repressive requirements of education to again see glimpses of the spark, the curiosity, and the wonder and awe of the young child. Frequently only at the doctoral level and sometimes not even then, where the student can explore on his [sic] own, seeking out newness and strangeness, going down dark paths alone and without fear, urging his [sic] major professor to follow along - is the pre-school spirit of joy, of curiosity, and wonder regained. What happens?"

Dwayne E. Huebner, The Lure of the Transcendent: Collected Essays (1999)

 'Imagination bodies forth'
 
(R1.15, Ramphal Building)
Session led by Ali Pidsley, from IATL's Student Ensemble

"No one mind or imagination can foresee what a play will become until all physical and intellectual stimuli, which are crystallised in the poetry of the author, have been understood by a company."

Joan Littlewood, quoted by Robert Leach in Theatre Workshop
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13:40-14:25 Lunch and Student Showcase
(Foyer & R0.12, Ramphal Building)
14:30-15:15 Block 3 (your choice of one of the following sessions)

Reflection for teachers and learners
(R1.04, Ramphal Building)
Session led by Dr Alison James (University of the Arts London)

  
"There are intimate and inextricable connections between my life experiences and my academic research".

Emma Rees, 'Self-reflective study: the rise of 'mesearch'", Times Higher Education [19/03/2015]

reflection

Fail better
 
(R1.15, Ramphal Building)
Session led by Jonathan Heron (IATL)

Midway upon the road of life
I found myself within a dark wood
for the right way had been missed...

The Divine Comedy, 'Inferno', Canto 1.1-3

failbetter

Using constraints creatively
(R2.41, Ramphal Building)
Session led by George Ttoouli (Warwick Writing Programme)

"Through no disturbance of my soul,
Or strong compunction in me wrought,
I supplicate for thy control;
But in the quietness of thought:
Me this unchartered freedom tires."

William Wordsworth, 'Ode to Duty,' ll.25-38

 

constraints


15:30-17:00

Panel Discussion
Chaired by Professor Christina Hughes (Pro-Vice Chancellor for Learning and Teaching), the panel will also include Dr Cath Lambert (Sociology), Ruth Leary (Centre for Cultural Policy Studies), Professor Maureen Freely (English and Comparative Literary Studies), Dr Alison James (University of the Arts London), Jonny Heron (IATL), Rachel Davis (Student Careers and Skills), Ollie Higgins (Chemistry student), Cat Powers-Freeling (Philosophy student), and Dr Rachel King (Centre for Education Studies).

(R0.12, Ramphal Building)

17:00-18:00

Drinks reception
(Ramphal Foyer)

 Drop-in sessions

Curation Room (Fran Duncan): R0.12, Ramphal Building

Meditation Station (Robbie Foulston): IATL Office Space, first floor, Senate House

'I stole this from the internet': an Applied Imagination student-devised assessment (Cat Powers-Freeling): R1.13, Ramphal Building


DAY 2 - Thursday 14 May 2015

On Day Two, in a dynamic and supportive setting, experts from across the University offered practical support to attendees in developing their own pedagogic practice, including the chance to apply for a £1000 IATL pedagogic intervention grant. And attendees were invited again to get lost in the woods.

09:30-10:00

Breakfast and Introduction
Teaching Grid, University of Warwick Library

10:00- 13:00

 

 Parallel sessions: implementing innovative pedagogies  (lunch provided at 12 noon)
(Teaching Grid, University of Warwick Library)

Pedagogic Interventions

 Innovative Assessment & Technology

Module Development

Designing Teaching Spaces

13:00-14:45

The Dark Would experience (Part II)
(Humanities Studio)

14:45- 15:30

Student Stories
(Humanities Studio)

Finish