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Contemplative Pedagogy Symposium 2021: Pause: finding space in higher education

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Contemplative Pedagogy Symposium 2021

24th-26th August 2021 on Microsoft Teams

Pause: finding space in higher education

It has been over a year since the majority of educators in higher education moved rapidly from inhabiting shared teaching spaces to online learning

The movement of teaching away from lecture halls and seminar rooms into our own kitchens and living rooms has further blurred the lines between work and home. Our anxiety and stress and that of students and colleagues has been challenging and yet there has been the potential for change too. This symposium will be an opportunity to pause. To stop. To put down what we are carrying and look around, as well as inside, and notice what’s there.


From a pedagogical perspective we will be focusing on how contemplative pedagogy can help us bring valuable ‘pauses’ into teaching and learning. We will explore how silence, stillness and contemplation are not idle time wasting but space from which creativity and meaning can arise. They allow time for students and educators to appreciate their subjectivity and how this impacts their teaching and learning and that of others. Pausing is not just about rest and wellbeing, although they are certainly important aspects of it, it can be pedagogically valuable in ways that we will discover together over the course of the symposium.

To reflect the theme of the event we will be arranging the symposium over three days to allow it to be more spacious and you are free to attend as many components of the event as you wish. There will be more time dedicated to shared contemplative practices than in previous events as well as the usual workshops style sessions and Open Space component. All aspects of the event this year will be run on Microsoft Teams to keep technical complications to a minimum.

The Contemplative Pedagogy Network has grown considerably in the last year which has been amazing to see. We hope that you will join us for this event to bring to life a unique type of learning community in which we will learn together, deepen connection with ourselves and each other and renew our capacity for service as educators.

Schedule and commitment

As the symposium is online we know that people’s ability to engage will be mixed, given our different responsibilities and home situations. We know that some people will want to participate but will not be able to attend everything and the symposium has been designed with this flexibility in mind.


However, please keep in mind that the success of the event relies on the active participation and engagement of attendees. Your unique contribution is important.


Attendance at the ‘Welcome’ on Day One and the ‘Introduction to Open Space’ at the end of Day Two are important for being able to fully participate in the event.


After you have booked, you can submit an idea for a 1.5 hour workshop which will take place on Day One or Day Two.

Instructions for how to do this will be included with the information you are sent after booking.

We will select three workshops which complement each other and best capture the theme of the symposium as well as taking into account the importance of including a diversity of voices and worldviews.

 

Day One
Workshops and practices will be facilitated by attendees and the titles confirmed at a later date. The workshops will start with a whole group activity, then smaller group discussion will allow depth of exploration.

10.00 - 10.45 Welcome, introductions and guidance
11.00 - 12:00 Contemplative Practice 1 
12.30 -  13.30  What is Contemplative Pedagogy? Optional session for people new to contemplative pedagogy
14.30 - 16.00 Workshop 1

As the titles for the workshops become available they will be listed on the Contemplative Pedagogy Network Events page.

Day Two
Day Two Workshops will be facilitated by attendees and the titles confirmed at a later date. The workshops will start with a whole group activity, then smaller group discussion will allow depth of exploration.

 10.00 - 10.45 Contemplative Practice 2
11.00 - 12.30 Workshop 2
14.00 - 15.30 workshop 3
15.45 - 16.30 Introduction to open space

As the titles for the workshops become available they will be listed on the Contemplative Pedagogy Network Events page.

Day Three
Day Three will use an adapted Open Space Technology format allowing participants to set the agenda for the day.

More information on Open Space can be found here.

The overarching theme of the day will be ‘Creating space in higher education’. Questions that are collected from participants during the last session of Day 2 will then form framework for the day.
Several different options of activities and discussions will be available in each time slot.

10:00 - 10:30 Welcome to our open space
10:30 - 11:30 Open Space 1
11:45 - 12:45 Open space 2
13:30 - 14:30 open Space 3
14:45 – 15:45 Open Space 4
16:00 - 16:30 Closing and Next Steps

 

 

 

Technology

The event will be held on Microsoft Teams.

Payment and expenditure

We would very much appreciate financial contributions from participants. Next year we hope to return to a face-to-face format but need to ensure we have sufficient funds to do so.
However, we do not want cost to be an obstacle to participation. Please chose the cost that feels appropriate to you.
Thank you for your generosity.
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Please note that registration is now closed.

Event Details

Location Online
Date & Time Start 24 August 2021
10:00am End 26 August 2021
4:30pm
Cost Pay as you choose (see event details). Please note that registration for this event is now closed.