Facilitating Brave Space through Transformative Virtual Learning in Post-Secondary Academic Settings (74154)

Session Information: Higher Education
Session Chair: Joanie Crandall

Saturday, 23 September 2023 10:20
Session: Session 1
Room: Room D (Live Stream)
Presentation Type:Live-Stream Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 2 (Europe/Madrid)

Virtual learning has seen unprecedented levels of significance in the recent past, creating a need to foster the concept of brave space (Brown, 2022) within academic environments. This paper will focus on the importance of flattening hierarchical constructs and respecting individuals’ lived experiences to cultivate truly transformative learning. It further focuses on creating an inclusive and collaborative setting where educators and learners can freely contribute their perspectives, driven by their own axiology and motivated by a deeper purpose in learning.

By recognizing and challenging the conventional hierarchy prevalent in academia, a more egalitarian learning environment can be promoted that values equity, diversity, inclusion, and decolonization with the incorporation of lived experiences. Virtual platforms sometimes render personal connections more arduous to achieve. Through acknowledging diverse backgrounds, identities, and personal narratives, the learning community can create a richer, more transformative learning environment. Transformative learning experiences promote personal growth, self-reflexivity, and the development of inclusive mindsets. Fostering transformative learning and a deeper engagement with knowledge encourages learners to connect their learning to real-world contexts.

Through reflective inquiry (Cunliffe, 2003) we examine the role of inclusive pedagogical approaches, the promotion of dialogue and active listening, and the integration of diverse perspectives into approaches fostering brave spaces. Implementing these strategies allows the creation of a learning environment that values and nurtures a diverse range of experiences, ideologies, and transformative learning journeys of learners, ultimately fostering a true brave space for personal and collective growth.

Joanie Crandall, Yorkville University, Canada
Raj Verma, Independent Scholar, United States
Audrey Simard, Independent Scholar, Canada
Hanna Ha, Independent Scholar, Canada
Peter Arcand, Independent Scholar, Canada

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Joanie Crandall is a University Assistant Professor/Lecturer at Yorkville University in Canada

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00