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Learning and Teaching Conference overview

‘Learning from Moving Online’ was the theme of this year’s annual University Learning and Teaching Conference.  The conference itself was run entirely online through the VLE and Microsoft Teams, there was fantastic participation by staff, much inspirational learning and a clear appetite for sharing experience and practice of online and remote working.

The conference was focused on providing colleagues with the opportunity to share their experiences from the move of teaching, learning and assessment online due to Covid-19, and the learning that we could take forward to September 2020.  There were three parallel strands:

  1. engaging students online;
  2. active online learning and teaching;
  3. and a wildcard strand which included presentations on student and staff wellbeing.

Scheduled over the morning of 11th June, all nine Schools provided a presentation.  These included topics such as:

  1. ‘Workshops at Home’ – looking at developing studio-based skills remotely through informal ‘Biscuit Clubs’;
  2. ‘Ready Paramedic One’ – online simulation for paramedic students creating the lifetime of a real-life ambulance call;
  3. ‘Wellbeing Wednesdays’ – an eight week programme within the School of Psychology to support student wellbeing alongside academic skills.

There was unprecedented participation from over 250 individuals on the day, including representatives from Partner Colleges. A full evaluation of the conference is underway but early feedback from the event indicated that colleagues had valued the opportunity to come together online as a community and hear about innovative and creative learning and teaching practice.  Initial feedback can be summed up from one participant: “Thanks so much for the event yesterday, it was indeed brilliant to see so many people engaged and it certainly achieved the goals of getting us all to think creatively about our learning design for the coming year”.

The conference presentations and recordings are available via the Conference MS Teams site

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