Building Stories of Care Against a Discourse of Resilience

In recent years institutions are increasingly providing wellbeing activities in the face of the creeping discourse of resilience. However, this discourse is situated in an era of meritocracy, amplified surveillance and high tuition fees, with students increasingly under pressure. Teaching staff are also facing increased precarity and casualisation whilst simultaneously pressurised to satisfy demands for excellence with ever shrinking resources.

Participants will have an opportunity to critically reflect on the resilience discourse. How it relates to their own perceptions and experiences of care within education, specifically in the open, and how power and influence contribute to the narrative. Increasingly, open spaces that once offered support and strength now are places that institutions insist staff must occupy to augment their profile. In addition, these are becoming increasingly unsafe, especially for marginalised users.

In this workshop we will explore how we can navigate the tension between wellbeing and resilience narratives to ensure that care is at the forefront of our teaching spaces in a time when all learning is being delivered online. Have paper and pens near to hand for this hands-on session.

Workshop Leaders

Kate Molloy
Kate Molloy is a Learning Technologist with the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at the National University of Ireland, Galway.
Clare Thomson
Clare Thomson is a Digital Education Consultant with the Office for Digital Learning at Ulster University, Northern Ireland.
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