LD@3: Back to the future for The Writing Café

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Resource Duration: 60 minutes
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At the 2014 ALDinHE conference I introduced the Learning Development community to the Writing Café at the University of Plymouth, a new, interdisciplinary and developmental space that aimed to change the pedagogy of writing development in the Ocean City. 5 years on and the Writing Café has become part of the fabric of the university, with Writing Mentors and Learning Developers working together to learn, develop, challenge and change the practices of the institution (Pritchard, 2015). Every corner of the University engages with the space, with students hanging out like it’s a second home. The value of the Writing Café is clear, so why 5 years on am I writing this abstract with trepidation?

….The building that it is located in is set for demolition in May 2020!!

So, I need to go back to the future, where everything old is new again. Step into the DeLorean with me on this immersive, walking and talking exploration of campus and time. We will travel back in history, gaining insights and learning from the last five years to rebuild the Writing Café out of the rubble. Drawing on my doctoral research this session will take you on a timeline ride of the Writing Café, past, present and future. We will be joined by new members of the Writing Café team, including our graduate intern Joshy Mcfly and so long as we can convince senior stakeholders at exactly the right minute, and confirm exactly the right budget…everything will be fine!!!


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View resources by author(s): Christie Pritchard

Institution(s): University of Plymouth

Event Date: 29/04/2020

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