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Pre-conference workshops

Workshop A: The Collaborative Museum: Discursive relationships between art and academic disciplines
Thursday 5th December 2019, 10:00pm - 12:00pm

Tadhg Crowley & Fiona Kearney, Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork 

A session on the collaborative museum that considers the gallery as an environment of knowledge exchange and maps the different learning connections that the Glucksman has evolved across the University. We would also plan to do an introduction to our digital toolkits that will be launched as part of our exhibition openings that evening. This session considers the potential of the gallery as an environment of knowledge with a focus on the collaborative relationships within and beyond the university that inform our artistic program. Through exhibitions, artist and community-led projects, schools’ outreach and postgraduate masterclasses, the Glucksman has created learning connections for all ages and abilities. The session will also introduce the digital toolkits supported by UCC Office for Vice President of Learning & Teaching that invite participative learning through the UCC Art Collection.

LOCATION: River Room and Gallery Spaces, Glucksman, UCC

Workshop B: Can Podcasting Become A Valid Form of Assessment?
Thursday 5th December 2019, 15:00pm - 17:00pm

Kieran Hurley, UCC 98.3FM, University College Cork

This workshop will introduce the concept of podcasting as a form of action research which can be used to produce forward facing evidence of learning. Attendees will gain an understanding of a simple but effective framework for interdisciplinary action which borrows techniques from the discipline of journalism to help build a framework which will engage students as learning partners. The final part of the workshop will introduce assessment and the tools needed to apply to submitted multimedia project work to help assess the work and provide feedback. Using industry standard equipment this workshop will feature examples of work and hands on experience of the equipment used to capture audio recording.

LOCATION: Room 106, Western Gateway Building, UCC

Workshop C: Tour of the Hub
Thursday 5th December 2019, 12:00pm - 14:00pm

Willie Carey, O’Donnell & Tuomey Architecture   

Tour of state-of-the-art facility for students, staff and visitors to the university alike, in the heart of University College Cork’s beautiful historic campus.


Workshop D: Where is the learning in learning spaces? Developing a research agenda
Thursday 5th December 2019, 15:00pm - 17:00pm

Ivar Nordmo, University of Bergen, Norway

Higher education institutions are investing in building new and innovative learning spaces that aim to foster academic, intellectual, and social connections. How are we researching the learning taking place in them? The aim of this workshop is to ask questions about what we need to learn about learning spaces, and to explore what a research program could look like at the institutional level. The workshop is facilitated by Ivar Nordmo, Associate Professor of University Pedagogy at the University of Bergen, Norway. His focus on learning spaces brings together his 25 years of experience as an educational developer, and his background as an architect.

LOCATION: Room 1.01, O’Rahilly Building, UCC

Workshop E: DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE: A performative interdisciplinary workshop on Dance/Somatic Practices & Architecture / Engineering
Thursday 5th December 2019, 14:00pm - 16:00pm

Jools Gilson, School of Film, Music & Theatre, University College Cork

The broad focus of this workshop is the expert disciplines of creative practice (dance, theatre, music, film, visual art, creative writing etc.) as modes of intelligence, and their untapped potentiality for progressing innovative inter- and transdisciplinary STEAM research. Making a connection between creative practice expertise and its broader, catalysing potential for interdisciplinary collaboration is a unique move, internationally, and one which we feel Ireland is uniquely placed to develop. This two hour adventure into this three day workshop is open to staff from Humanities and STEM disciplines. No prior experience of creative practice is necessary. Participants must register for this workshop in advance. 

LOCATION: Theatre Lab, Connolly Complex, UCC

Workshop F: Teaching Spaces, Learning Places at University College Cork, 1849-2019
Thursday 5th December 2019, 12:00pm - 14:00pm & 15:00pm - 17:00pm

James Cronin, Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning, University College Cork

How has UCC’s teaching & learning environment changed over time? Join James Cronin, University College Cork, for a guided walking tour of the historic main campus. At the end of this workshop participants will be aware of how ideas about educational cultures have been embodied in educational spaces at University College Cork from 1849-2019. Highlights include the Windle Medical Building (Student Hub), historic Quad, Aula Maxima, Glucksman Gallery and Honan Chapel. 

LOCATION: Under the Clock Tower, Main Quad

Workshop G: Theory to practice: Integrating assessment in teaching and learning through the use of Adaptive Comparative Judgment (ACJ)
Thursday 5th December 2019, 15:00pm - 17:00pm

Donal Canty, School of Education, University of Limerick
Niall Seery, Vice President Academic Affairs & Registrar, Athlone Institute of Technology

This workshop will present how adaptive comparative judgment has been used to address key issues in relation to the integration of assessment in teaching and learning activities.

LOCATION: Room 123, O’Rahilly Building, UCC

Workshop H: Guided tour of the Cork Centre for Architectural Education at Nano Nagle Place
Thursday 5th December 2019, 12:00pm - 14:00pm

Sarah Mulrooney, Cork College of Architecture Education
Catherine Molloy, Cork College of Architecture Education
Dr Danielle O’Donovan, Programme Director, Nano Nagle Place

Conference delegates are to visit CCAE, Douglas Street. The visit will begin with a brief talk referring to the design of schools of architecture worldwide from the last century. This will be followed by a guided tour of a variety of the teaching and learning spaces at the newly opened building. Delegates will also be invited to participate in a survey where they will be given an overview of some of the monitoring equipment which can be used to evaluate the environmental conditions of a learning space. Also planned is a visit to the ground of Nano Nagle heritage centre which consists of a delightful complex of buildings from a rich architectural assemblage including restored walled convent buildings, beautiful hidden gardens, garden pavilion café and shops. It is a place that "celebrates the vision of empowerment through education, community inclusion and spiritual engagement for a contemporary world".

LOCATION: Cork Centre for Architectural Education, Douglas St, T12 AD7R

Workshop I: The Glucksman gallery as artistic, aesthetic and pedagogical space
Thursday 5th December 2019, 15:00pm - 17:00pm

Marian McCarthy, Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning, University College Cork

This workshop will use the Project Muse approach with participants to bring art/sculpture to life. Participants will approach the work from a number of perspectives to reveal its artistic and aesthetic dimensions. We will then discuss the pedagogical insights of the encounter and the implications for teaching and for student learning.

LOCATION: Gallery Spaces, Glucksman

Workshop J: Universal Design for Learning as inclusive learning space
Thursday 5th December 2019, 10:00pm - 12:00pm

Marian McCarthy & Brian Butler, Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning, University College Cork

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) challenges us as teachers to take the findings of neuroscience into account to maximise student learning. This workshop will explore the three principles of UDL (Multiple means of Engagement, of Representation and of Action and Expression) which can be used to design better learning opportunities for all students.

WORKSHOP: Room 123, O’Rahilly Building, UCC

Workshop K: “Hic et Nunc (Here and Now)” - One-day Laboratory in Physical Performance
Thursday 5th December 2019, 12:00pm - 14:00pm & 15:00pm - 17:00pm

Francesca Castellano, Artist

This workshop focuses on performance in the context of physical engagement and collective empowerment. It is structured to allow participants from varied life experiences to engage with the process of collaboration and presence in the moment. Participants are asked to consider their personal experiences as a collection of memories that can be shared, and as a physical tool to connect to others. In the shared space of the laboratory, the individual ways of being can be appreciated and valued, within the wider community, as a source of wisdom, and it becomes the source of performative physical movements and gestures. Through exercises that focus and enable collaboration and honest communication, participants are encouraged to explore their individuality and creativity with new ways of moving through space and to initiate the rupture of “accepted” social codes towards a potential “other” way of living-sharing-inhabiting the world. The overarching aim of the laboratory is to enable participants to expand their own individual experience and values by encouraging experimentation and collaboration with others.

LOCATION: Room 371, Western Gateway Building, UCC

Workshop M: Community Based Participatory Research
Thursday 5th December 2019, 15:00pm - 17:00pm

Owen Jump, Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning, University College Cork

In 2016, UCC launched its first community-based participatory research course for PhD students. Each year, through a CBPR methodology UCC PhD students and staff collaborate with a different community partner and investigate potential areas of research, or a specific opportunity or challenge encountered by the community partner. The class has become an important vehicle for supporting early career researchers to build their participatory research skills and, importantly, to give them more confidence and skills to work collaboratively with community groups. For community partners, the course offers an opportunity for their members to influence and shape research priorities regionally and within the higher education sector. It also aims to build community partners’ capacity to assume a leadership position in identifying and beginning to act upon the most pertinent opportunities and challenges facing their organisation and sector. This workshop will briefly introduce participants to CBPR and some of its associated methodologies, and will feature talks from community partners, former students and lectures.

LOCATION: G19, Aras na Laoi, UCC

Workshop N: Collaborating in the Virtual Space
Thursday 5th December 2019, 12:00pm - 14:00pm

Sarah Thelen, Office for the Vice-President for Learning & Teaching

The workshop will begin with an overview of some of the key principles of group work. This will be followed by some practical implementations using Padlet and Canvas’s group work tools. Workshop participants should bring their own devices.

LOCATION: G14, Western Gateway Building, UCC

Learning Connections

Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL), The West Lodge, University College Cork, Ireland , T12 YN60