Inaugural Learning and Teaching Conference: “Back to the Future: Drawing from experience to inspire innovation”

27 June 2017, 9.00 AM - 27 June 2017, 5.00 PM

Graduate School of Education, 35 Berkeley Square

Raise questions… Share good practice … Test ideas … Explore new technologies … Develop your teaching network …Learn from others’ experiences … Build your pedagogic profile … Encourage debate…

We are pleased to announce the Inaugural Learning and Teaching Conference for the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law. Our Faculty is full of staff innovating in learning and teaching, in all schools and in all areas; from programme and unit design to assessment strategies, feedback, student engagement and extra-curricular activities. Colleagues are thinking deeply about using technology in the classroom, making better use of Blackboard, the future of teaching space and designing classrooms to enhance learning.

Our broad theme, ‘Back to the Future: Drawing from experience to inspire innovation’ recognises that good practice and innovation in the field of learning and teaching results from reflection on our and others’ experiences, whether positive or negative. The aim of the conference is to promote good practice and inspire learning and teaching development. The intention is to encourage a sense of criticality and to learn from one another through the promulgation of ideas, tips and techniques.

Abstracts and Proposals

We would like to invite you to contribute to a conference that not only critically reflects upon some of the narratives present in today’s HE environment but also celebrates and promotes examples of excellent practice found in our Faculty. We are inviting contributions from across the Faculty, in a variety of forms, including papers, workshops, round table discussions, posters or an exhibition stand. You could address one of the big questions, such as “does technology really enhance learning?” “how do we internationalise the curriculum?” or “how does research influence our teaching?”, or focus more closely on a recent personal experience in learning and teaching practice and innovation.

If you are interested in contributing to the conference please send a short (200-300 word) abstract or outline description of your proposal to by the end of the day on Friday 7th April 2017.

Workshops Do you – or a group of colleagues – have something to share about learning and teaching? You might have developed techniques for engaging students in large lectures. You might be a whizz with Blackboard or Camtasia and can run a workshop to help others. Have you worked on a project during your CREATE programme that deserves to be shared?

Papers Are you presenting to a national or international conference? Trial your presentation and give your colleagues an insight to your insights! Have you applied for a teaching grant, here or elsewhere, this year or before? Share your ideas with colleagues and get feedback on your proposal. Or perhaps you are working up a paper for a journal – or just thinking that you might? Here is a great place to test your thinking and get that invaluable feedback.

Exhibition Space Maybe you have a germ of an idea that is not yet fully formed but you’d like to share on a poster or video to trigger discussion. Perhaps you have developed an interesting way of assessing students’ work, or providing feedback, that you can present on a poster or demonstrate to colleagues. Posters, exhibition stands, videos are all welcome.

If you would like to discuss your ideas before submitting your proposal, you are welcome to contact: - Jenny Lloyd (EFM), Jon James (GSOE), Gaston Fornes (SPAIS) or Imogen Moore (LAW)

Further information can be found here

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