Seminar working with Experiences in Higher Education
In this two-day seminar, lecturers, experts by experience, researchers and students explore ways to integrate experiential learning and experiential knowledge into bachelor and master education in social work and nursing. For the Erasmus+ Partnership project it is an opportunity to exchange inspiring examples and to learn from the experiences and ideas of the participants. The seminar provides a learning event for everybody.
Tuesday 23rd May
9.00 – Registration
9.30 – 9.45 Opening and introduction to the programme
9.45 – 11.15 Round 1 workshop (see options below)
11.15 – 11.30 break
11.30 – 13.00 Round 2 creative forms of working with experiences
Afternoon: Site visits to services (optional) (see options below)
Wednesday 24th May
9.00 – 9.30 Opening and introduction to the programme; reflection on yesterday’s experiences.
9.30 – 11.00 Round 3 workshop (see options below)
11.00 – 11.15 break
11.15 – 12.15 Next steps working in 3 groups reflecting on the questions:
1. What will be your wishes and/or next step in developing experiential knowledge?
2. What can be the next step involving colleagues or peers in the process of implementing experiential knowledge in the curriculum?
3. What suggestions do you have for our Erasmus+ project to develop further?
12.15 – 12.45 Summary of ideas and tips
12.45 Wrap up and evaluation
The seminar is free of charge. However, travel and accommodation costs are on your own expense. Some financial support can be given from the budget of the project. Please ask the contact person of the university in your country that participates in this project.
Starting at the beginning: multiple sensory experiencing, how to collaborate and to build trust, and how to depend on each other – round 1 and 3
Participants will be invited to experience some exercises which can be used in working with groups for the enhancement of such social competencies as cooperation, communication, leadership and others. You will have an opportunity to try out how the method (exercise) is working by engaging in an activity and learning from your experience.
Workshop leader: Jolita Buzaitytė Kašalynienė, Vilnius University, Lithuania
Feelers – Educational examples of working with experiential knowledge and learning – getting inspiration how to introduce experiential knowledge and learning to students – round 1 and 3
In this workshop lecturers and researchers from the Netherlands will let you experience some elements of what it means to work with experiential knowledge in your own classroom. We will start with an introduction on experiential knowledge, and then work in groups using activities from our own educational practice. There will be time in the workshop to reflect on ways to work with experiential knowledge within your university/organisation.
Leonie de Quelerij, Hogeschool Windesheim, the Netherlands
Rosalie Metze, Hogeschool Windesheim, the Netherlands
The letter – Educational examples of working with experiential knowledge and learning – getting inspiration how to introduce experiential knowledge and learning to students – round 1 and 3
In this workshop lecturers and researchers from the UK will let you experience some elements of what it means to work with experiential knowledge in your own classroom. We will start with an introduction on experiential knowledge, and then work in groups using activities from our own educational practice. There will be time in the workshop to reflect on ways to work with experiential knowledge within your university/organisation.
Helen Casey, The Open University, England
Susan Levy, University of Dundee, Scotland
Creative forms of working with experiences: this is a market you can walk around and see different examples from different countries. For example Visual Arts together; how to connect with one another through a creative activity. Being creative together makes you aware of exclusion and inclusion, gives insight into (the similarities of) each other’s world and allows you to have fun together without stigma. Or you can follow the workshop ‘standing in the shoes of another’.
Standing in the shoes of another – round 2
In this workshop we use theatre to experience a difficult situation from the inside. How does it feel to be in this situation? What different perspectives brings this situation? What do you learn from experiencing this situation? By making sculptures of the situation we will explore these questions. This method is also useful in research and in teaching. After experiencing working with sculptures we will talk about the transfer to research or teaching. Switch your shoes and join the workshop!
Workshop Leader: Leonie de Quelerij, Hogeschool Windesheim, the Netherlands
Social project “Mano guru”
“Mano Guru” is the first social café in Lithuania and has been operating since 2002. The café was set up specifically for the professional and work reintegration of addicts. The aim of the social projects is to help former addicts, prison leavers and other marginalised people to integrate into society, and most of the waiters and bartenders in the café have had these problems and are undergoing training and work experience.
Caritas Social Support and Integration Center “Betanija”
Persons in need can receive not only food and other material help but also have the opportunity to contact a social worker working at the Centre regarding bailiffs, social benefits, housing, job search or other issues. Visitors will be able to join eco-educational activities from 2 pm with the homeless and other service users and get to know the everyday routine of the Centre.
Caritas Children’s Day Center “Vilties angelas” (Angel of Hope)
It offers socio-educational services to children and adolescents aged 4-18 and their families experiencing various difficulties. At the Centre, children and teenagers prepare homework, play, talk, make handicrafts, do sports, try culinary recipes, travel, and organize picnics and summer camps. Parents are helped to care for their children and simultaneously find ways to solve the difficulties that arise.
Next to the Children’s Day Center is a Mother and Child Care Home, where mothers in need with small children can find temporary shelter. Families are provided with multifaceted help: spiritual, social, psychological and material, and getting ready for social integration and independent living.
Vasaros Hospital – Psychosocial rehabilitation department at Mental Health Center.
It is possible to combine the seminar with the CONFERENCE: EXPERIENTIAL KNOWLEDGE IN THE SPOTLIGHT | Powerus on 22nd of May 2023.
Jolita Buzaitytė Kašalynienė, Vilnius University, Lithuania
Egle Narkevicience, Vilnius University, Lithuania
Jean Pierre Wilken, HU Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands
Iris van ‘t Wout, HU Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands