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Learning for a Complex World: Appreciating the Power of Immersive Experience

Surrey Centre for Excellence in Professional Training and Education, (SCEPTrE, University of Surrey, Guildford)
9 January 2008 13:00 - 10 January 2008 16:00

This innovative event provides a starting point for a year-long collaborative enquiry aimed at discovering how people currently provide opportunities for immersive experiences in higher education and whether there are more and better ways of doing it.

The event will be formed around an Appreciative Inquiry drawing on participants' own immersive experiences and they will try to embody some of the characteristics of immersive experience into the participants' own learning process.

Professor David Boud, University of Technology Sydney, an expert in experiential learning, and Dr Glynis Cousin, who is responsible for pedagogic research at the HE Academy, will help stimulate thinking and act as observer commentators throughout the process. They will also involve an artist to help visualise and represent ideas. There will be lots of scope for emergent (rather than planned) conversation.

Who might be interested in participating?

The experience will appeal to anyone who is interested in encouraging higher education to move towards a more experiential, 'real world' curriculum and who is interested in their own professional learning. It will also appeal to people who enjoy participating in experiences that are rich, challenging and a bit messy, who enjoy a bit of risk but also the opportunity to be creative.

Student participation is particularly welcome, so they are offering a 50% discount to registered undergraduates and full-time postgraduate students.


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