Presentation on theme: "Uncanny Encounters in Experiential Learning: Designing Residential Study Trips for Students DR ANNE-MARIE EVANS & DR KALEY KRAMER YORK ST JOHN UNIVERSITY."— Presentation transcript:
Uncanny Encounters in Experiential Learning: Designing Residential Study Trips for Students DR ANNE-MARIE EVANS & DR KALEY KRAMER YORK ST JOHN UNIVERSITY
‘If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast’. Ernest Hemingway
The Brief: To explore connections between internationalisation, employability and enhancement To consider recent dramatic changes within the sector To examine ways of reinvigorating literary study
The Grand Tour in the 21 st Century Level 3 student enhancement excursion to Paris 6 days away: 18 th – 23 rd January 2014 Opportunity to engage with literary research in a broader context Literature as engaging with reality as opposed to merely representation; students can recover the embodied experience produced by and through the acts of writing and reading Research-based: Reading Pack to prepare Meetings to attend Research tasks to design and carry out
Practicalities: Finance Subsidised through departmental budget Student contribution is less than £200 (travel and accommodation included) Student selection Application and interview process Meetings and Orientation Day Preparation Reading Pack Resourcing Staff hours captured in AWPM VLE Site Risk assessments Actual planning
The timeline: August: Staff book rooms for information meetings, interviews, etc. September: The trip is advertised to all Level Three Literature and Creative Writing students. Application forms are made available online. October: Information meeting for students. November. Application deadline, interviews, and allocation of places. Students informed and invited to first group meeting. December: Reading Pack made available for students. January: Orientation Day and the Grand Tour. March: Deadline for students to complete their Research Tasks May: Selected work is displayed to the public as part of the YSJ Arts and Humanities showcase, Create.
SATURDAYSUNDAYMONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAY Morning TRAVEL Literary Walking Tour (Left Bank) Paris Opera and National Ballet Musée des Lettres et Manuscrits LouvreTRAVEL Afternoon TRAVEL Notre Dame Cathedral research task in groups (optional excursions*) Musee D’Orsay LouvreTRAVEL Evening arrive Hotel Sibour Group meal at the Hard rock Cafe Free time‘Paris by night’ walking/bo at excursion Free time Arrive back in York Sample Itinerary
The Research Task: A ‘research activity’ might involve: Visiting a specific site, museum or gallery that is not already part of the itinerary and writing a short reflective piece on the experience Writing a creative piece (poem, short story, experimental writing) that explores the experience of being in Paris, or an aspect of Parisian culture Taking a series of photographs that offer a form of comment on contemporary and/or literary Paris Writing a travel blog or news article about the trip Becoming a ‘flaneur’ for the day and writing a reflective piece on the experience of being in another city Producing a piece of artwork (or a piece of music) about the city Close-reading any part of the set reading and reflecting on the experience of having visited the site. This work is not assessed but is included as a requirement of the trip.
Student Responses: ‘Literature in its natural environment’ ‘Something has just clicked’ ‘The highlight of my degree’ ‘It has inspired me and helped me to realise how important literature and culture is to the world’ ‘This trip was amazingly educational and I feel that this trip will truly inspire me throughout my studies’ ‘The reading pack put the city into perspective’