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  1. 1. World Café –engaging learnersMark Hetherington and Isobel Paterson (Lecturers in Communication and English)
  2. 2. • Overview of the „World Café‟• Stevenson College – applications and event(s)• Feedback from the event• How it has / can work in the classroom• A World Café session in Helsinki• Feedback / plenary
  3. 3. • TWC – innovative, simple methodology for hosting conversations about questions that matter. • Link and build on each other as people move between groups, share ideas, discover new insights into the questions or issues most important in their life, work, or community. • As a process, TWC can evoke and make visible the collective intelligence of any group. • To increase people‟s capacity for effective action in pursuit of common aims.
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  6. 6. Stevenson College - EWC• Why? Learner engagement a constant challenge• Attempt to build a clear learner engagement strategy• Led by students – their views central to any decision making• The start of a process• Held in Edinburgh Zoo – 15th September 2009
  7. 7. About the event• 60 participants – very few had attended a World Cafe event• Risky?• Aim – to create a relaxed opportunity for „cafe style‟ conversations on key issues• Innovative and participatory methodology with a focus on creative solutions
  8. 8. Practical arrangements• Nine tables (students, lecturers, senior management, student guild)• After discussing issues (recorded on table cloths), everybody, apart from the „hosts‟ at each table moved to another table• Different people discussing different issues meant facilitators could pick up themes• Outcome – collective sense of priorities for engagement
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  12. 12. Types of questions (student led) • Communication – technology, ways of communicating effectively? • Staff performance – student involvement in recruiting staff, introduction of student voted good teaching award? • Management – what do you want to know about how SCE is run, how are students supported on committees? • Facilities – how is the canteen used, do you get good service from the Advice Centre?
  13. 13. Types of questions (student led) • Class rep system – how can that be improved? • Feedback from lecturers – do you get any, is it enough, how is it communicated? • Learning resources – adequate library, computers? • Learning and teaching – teaching methods, should students be involved in course design?
  14. 14. Agenda for future...• Develop better communication systems (intranet, VLE)• How can students feel more secure when complaining about lecturers to other lecturers?• How are tutors chosen?• How do we develop a buddy scheme to support students?• How do we improve social spaces for students?• Can students pay before starting?• How do we prepare and support students for participation in college groups?
  15. 15. Feedback• “A great way of engagement. By switching tasks, ideas could easily be turned on their head”• “Really interesting to have all this interpreted by an outside eye and displayed so vividly”• I liked the dynamic nature of this – I think students found it straightforward to contribute”
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  21. 21. Cross Faculty Approaches• Two faculties: Creative Industries and Science, Sport and Engineering joined together for a World Cafe event in October 2009• HMIe inspection in November 2009• Theme – „Who‟s afraid of the HMIe?‟• Feedback on this event was excellent• (The College performed very well in the review by the way!)
  22. 22. Classroom approaches• Encouragement to students of literature to encourage them to take responsibility for their own learning:• Having studied a novel: divide the class into groups where they are asked to discuss these literary techniques:• Plot, Themes, Setting, Structure, Narrative techniques, Characterisation, Key incidents, Symbolism
  23. 23. How is this done?• Students write down their collective input on a communal piece of paper.• Half of the group move on to the next group and add their ideas to the original written document.
  24. 24. Discussion after the World Cafe Event?
  25. 25. Today’s World Cafe!• Questions to stimulate discussion for today‟s „World Café‟ workshop:• What does your College do to encourage student input into learning and teaching?• What factors result in your students ‘dropping out’?• What does your College do to promote social inclusion?• How does the culture of your College promote discussions that result in systems to encourage retention?