Manchester 2015 agenda: a University that `will have a defined and internationally recognised role in and contribution to society locally, nationally and internationally Has led to funding… Learning Tasks Looking Outwards: Encouraging Social Responsibility in the Religions and Theology curriculum Four undergraduate units: – Postcolonial Christian Theology – Studying Sacred Spaces – Religion, Culture and Gender – South Asian Diasporas
What are we trying to achieve? What are the key objectives and challenges? Participant pre-workshop comments/ questions
Pedagogy Issues of design and assessment of group projects outside the academy Assessment criteria Ideas for virtual learning Dissemination media At what levels are these kind of activities most appropriate/ effective in terms of student learning? How to get students involved in outreach and impact programmes?
Skills and employability How could we develop students' employability/ skills through our teaching? How TRS graduates and academics can use their knowledge and skills to work with businesses as they navigate an increasingly religiously and culturally diverse UK / world Does the framework of Learning Objectives, aimed at inculcating transferable skills, develop autonomous learning skills?
Partnerships and practicalities What is the scope (practically and ideally) for running collaborative outward looking learning projects between institutions (and even internationally)? Issues around interdisciplinary and inter-institutional co- operation and planning. Sharing of resources across institutions, especially activities for students. Can we run an UG course based entirely on the outreach agenda? Community involvement & academic framework How to involve partners constructively at each stage of development of projects
Research impact & REF Relationship between this and impact/REF (if any). How can teaching and learning activities be aligned to increase the social impact out of research projects? (without using students as 'slave labour') External funding opportunities.
Big issues How might we think otherwise about learning and teaching? How might we get HEIs to think otherwise about learning and teaching? Notion of religious education as vehicle for social cohesion - potential funding for projects to bring theology into social sphere What are the ethical issues involved in this?
Some practicalities Ideas car park Template for small group working in final session Andy Boakye – Photos – Narrative of the day, building on ideas raised and small group work