Interdisciplinary Art/Science Learning Seminar – 20 November 2013 (free event)

The Broad Vision team are running a free one day seminar on interdisciplinary learning in higher education.

Please forward to any interested colleagues and follow the link below to book a place.


Learning across disciplinary divides: integrating art and science through emergent curriculum design


Higher Education Academy Seminar Series

Wednesday 20 November 2013

10am – 4pm

University of Westminster

115 New Cavendish Street, London W1W 6UW

Using the Broad Vision art/science learning project as a case study, this seminar aims to stimulate debate on the processes, successes and challenges of working across disciplines in higher education. Staff and students will present research and experiences, facilitate discussions, and offer practical exercises to enable participants to identify possibilities for interdisciplinary learning.

The aims of the seminar are to:

•  offer insights into an art/science research and learning programme over a three year period, sharing experience from multiple perspectives (student, teacher and educational researcher),

•  share the educational model developed through Broad Vision and specific practical exercises in facilitating interdisciplinary learning,

•  address specific themes, such as: recognition of student disciplinary knowledge; interdisciplinary inquiry and curiositycreativity in science and art; interdisciplinary learning environments; and staff/student partnership,

•  develop thinking and practical possibilities, so that delegates are able to leave with ideas and methods to adopt and adapt in their own institutions.



10.00: Arrival, registration, coffee

10.30: Introduction to the day. Image Interpretation Exercise

10.50: Introduction to the Broad Vision art/science research and learning programme – Heather Barnett, Broad Vision Project Lead

11.10: Disciplinary Exchange and Creative Collaboration – Benjamin Palmer (BSc Bioscience) and Robbie Duncan (BA Illustration)

11.40: Break

12.00: Interdisciplinary Learning Spaces – Dr Silke Lange (Broad Vision educational researcher) and John Smith (Broad Vision project tutor). Exercise:

13.00: Lunch

14.00: Experts and Novices – Dr Mark Clements (Biosciences Lecturer) and Mell Fisher (BA Illustration graduate); Student Engagement – Simon Westgate (BA Photographic Arts)

14.40: Interdisciplinary Scenario Building

15.30: Barriers to Interdisciplinary Curriculum

16.00: End

This event is funded as part of the Arts & Humanities workshop and seminar series 2013-14. The workshop is free to attend for delegates but booking is essential to secure your place, as numbers are limited. The seminar is aimed at university teachers, educational researchers, curriculum managers and interdisciplinary and/or education students.