Transformative Learning Hub
The Transformative Learning Hub is a community of practice that brings together researchers, educators, students, changemakers and activists across different disciplines and fields at Wageningen University & Research and beyond. What connects us is our shared interest in engaging with transformative and participatory theory and methodologies in our research, teaching and societal engagement - bringing together heads, hearts, hands, and feet.
We hold regular thematic community gatherings (see below for our agenda and updates), run an annual PhD course on transformative and participatory arts-based research methods, and support staff training initiatives in the fields of transformative learning and interdisciplinary research. We also actively work to introduce transformative and participatory approaches and techniques into spaces and among groups beyond the Hub. Check out what we're doing in greater detail below!
If you're interested in participating and/or contributing to the TL Hub's activities, please contact its coordinators: Anke de Vrieze (email@example.com) and Meghann Ormond (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The TL Hub is a Centre for Space, Place & Society (CSPS) research cluster at Wageningen University & Research. For more information about CSPS, visit https://centreforspaceplacesociety.com/
Learning, training & connecting
Our regular Transformative Learning Hub gatherings
Check out the 'Updates' blog section below for details on the TL Hub's upcoming and previous community gatherings. Participation is free of cost, and everyone is welcome!
'Transformative & Participatory Qualitative Research Methods' (TPAR) PhD course
This annual course for PhD candidates and early-career researchers provides both conceptual and hands-on methodological engagement with transformative, participatory and action research approaches that use creative and arts-based research methods and techniques to foster the inclusion and engagement of diverse (often marginalised) perspectives and to bring into focus, examine and transform narratives, representations and practices.
Check out the course flyer and visit the WASS course webpage to register. We run the course again in Feb.-Mar. 2024. Here's a set of best practices generated by our 2021 course participants that gives a real taste of what we do in the course!
'Transformative Online Learning: Building & Facilitating Nurturing Learning Environments' training course
Thanks to special educational funding from Wageningen University, transformative learning specialist Neza Krek trained 20 educators throughout WUR from Nov. 2020-May 2021. It ran again between Jan.-June 2022 for a new batch of staff and students seeking to bring the course's innovative vision on learning to their facilitation, research and teaching practices. Check out the course brochure here: https://centreforspaceplacesociety.files.wordpress.com/2021/12/46f2f-tl-for-wageningen-2022-1.pdf
Training & coaching for the Centre for Unusual Collaborations' (CUCo) Spark & UCo fellows
CUCo supports unusual collaborations — projects involving researchers from fields that otherwise would not collaborate and might have difficulty acquiring funding from typical funders. But CUCo’s goal is broader than funding — it seeks to invest in scholars themselves, allowing them to build skills for effectively conducting interdisciplinary research. To provide scholars with the skills to effectively engage in interdisciplinary collaborations, TL Hub co-founders Meghann Ormond and Anke de Vrieze, along with TU/e's Leo Tiokhin and CUCo's Corinne Lamain, have together developed an interdisciplinary training programme for Spark fellows that premiered in September 2022. Learn more about the CUCo Spark and how to register for the Spark learning journey here: https://www.unusualcollaborations.com/spark-grants The next Spark learning journey begins in March 2024!