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Uncanny Encounters in Experiential Learning: Designing Residential Study Trips for Students. Dr Anne-Marie Evans & D r Kaley Kramer York ST John University @ Dramevans @ drkaleykramer.

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Uncanny encounters in experiential learning designing residential study trips for students

Uncanny Encounters in Experiential Learning: Designing Residential Study Trips for Students

Dr Anne-Marie Evans & Dr Kaley Kramer

York ST John University

@Dramevans @drkaleykramer


‘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
The Brief: man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast’. 

  • To explore connections between internationalisation, employability and enhancement

  • To consider recent dramatic changes within the sector

  • To examine ways of reinvigorating literary study


Why paris
Why Paris? man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast’. 


The grand tour in the 21 st century
The Grand Tour in the 21 man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast’. st Century

  • Level 3 student enhancement excursion to Paris

  • 6 days away: 18th – 23rd 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
Practicalities: man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast’. 

  • 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
The timeline: man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast’. 

  • 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.


Sample itinerary
Sample Itinerary man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast’. 


The research task
The Research Task: man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast’. 

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.


  • Create14 exhibition
    Create14 man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast’. Exhibition:


    Student responses
    Student Responses: man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast’. 

    • ‘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’


    @ dramevans @ drkaleykramer
    @ man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast’. DrAMEvans @DrKaleyKramer


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