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Annual University Learning and Teaching Conference 2015

Released: 29.06.15

A conference of Learning and Teaching will take place over two days in the University’s Desmond Tutu Centre this week.

Over 85 delegates have registered to attend the annual conference, ‘Strategic Themes in the Curriculum’ on 1 and 2 July.

Ian Gilespy, Learning Enhacement Coordinator at the University and chair of the conference organisation panel, said: “The conference offers an excellent opportunity to share and evaluate some of the innovative work taking place at the University in the area of learning and teaching alongside the chance to hear from some leading national figures focusing on key parts of the University’s Strategic Plan relating to digital innovation, sustainability, citizenship and employability.”

There will be a keynote speech from Professor Colin Beard who is a Teaching Fellow in Sheffield Business School. Prof Beard has spoken at over 45 national and international events over the years. His talk ‘Engaging Students through Sustainability Education?’ promises to inspirational.

A keynote ‘The Changing Face of Assessment and Feedback: how technology can make a difference’, will be delivered by Lisa Gray of Jisc. As a programme manager within the e-learning team, Lisa is exploring large-scale enhancements to assessment and feedback practices.

On day two, the conference welcomes Professor Phil Race to deliver the Keynote Lecture ‘Making learning happen: addressing the challenges of our digital age.’ Professor Race’s passion is “making learning happen, in an approachable way, without recourse to jargon, acronyms or elitism.”

His work was recognised in 2007 by award of a National Teaching Fellowship, and in 2012 as a ‘Principal Fellow’ of the Higher Education Academy. He is known for bringing humour into presentations and keynotes.

Panel sessions and workshops will discuss innovations in teaching such as the virtual outdoor classroom, the abstract labour of learning and the value of assessment, amongst many others.

A presentation from Simon Cremin of BT and Dr Liz Smith, Executive Dean of Student Experience, will conclude the second day with, ‘Enriching the student journey through technology: the University of St Mark & St John ‘Smart Campus’ Project.

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