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A national one-day conference to examine innovative teaching and learning practice, and what we really mean by 'teaching excellence'. Produced in partnership with the Higher Education Academy, this conference will bring together experts, policy influencers and innovators to examine how universities can shape their learning and teaching strategies to deliver excellent and innovative teaching and learning.
As we emerge from TEF 2 and consider learnings to take forward into TEF 3 and beyond, this conference will be an opportunity for all those involved in shaping teaching and learning strategy to take a step back and consider what excellence and innovation looks like at their own institution.
Supporting academic staff to take risks, training to bring staff up to speed with the latest technology and methods, and a coherent overarching teaching and learning strategy are vital to producing excellent teaching and learning. This conference will bring together innovators, policy experts and thought leaders to help you adapt your strategy, in the context of the current policy landscape.
"A thought provoking and engaging conference with a rich range of speakers."
"A full packed agenda with short and snappy presentations."
"A day valuably spent."
"A useful experience to gain insight into institutional barriers to grass roots changes. Lots of advice received."
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Professor Paul Layzell, Principal of Royal Holloway, University of London
Bob Cryan, Vice Chancellor, University of Huddersfield (winner of the Global Teaching Excellence Award 2017)
Chris Hale, Director of Policy, Universities UK (UUK)
Pauline Hanesworth, Academic Lead, Equality and Diversity / TEF, Higher Education Academy (HEA)
Dr Nicola Byrom, Lecturer and Researcher Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neurosciences at Kings College London, and Founder, Student Minds
Rosie Tressler, Chief Executive Officer, Student Minds
Ellie Russell, Student Engagement & Partnership Manager, The Student Engagement Partnership (TSEP).
Helen Beetham, Consultant, JISC Curriculum Design programme
For the last three years this conference has heard about the growing significance of students' digital experience. This covers both the curriculum and students' engagement with the university as a provider of services and a place of belonging. Digital technology also offers new ways of engaging students in dialogue and partnership. For two years, Jisc has been running a digital engagement service based around a student survey. This year 94 UK and around 20 non-UK universities are taking part. With surveys meeting resistance across HE, why does the digital tracker continue to be popular, and how is it helping universities to understand and respond to contemporary students' needs? This workshop explores some innovative features of the tracker project, and encourages HEIs to take control of the process of student research and engagement, using digital tools on a local scale as well as an international one.
John Donovan, Managing Director for EMEA and Asia-Pacific, and Jeni Evans, Head of Business Development, UK and South Africa, VitalSource
This workshop will look at the evolving nature of digital course materials and best practice related to the use of digital resources in teaching, and how it is benefiting universities though better levels of student engagement. In particular, we will look at how learning analytics can be used effectively, whether to identify and support students who may be at risk of underachieving, or to support greater levels of engagement through the creation of assignments that focus student reading and study time.
Ian Dunn, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience), Coventry University
Professor Veronica Bamber, Director, Centre for Academic Practice, Queen Margaret University
Sarah Davies, Head of higher education and student experience, Jisc and Niall Sclater, Learning Analytics Consultant to Jisc
In this session Sarah Davies and Niall Sclater will outline some of the actions that are being taken by universities across the world to enhance their curricula based on data accumulated about students’ learning activities and their subsequent performance. Participants will be given a scenario to investigate involving the analytics around a particular course. They will have an opportunity to think about what the data shows and what interventions could be made to improve the course.
Hear five presentations from five of the 67 universities who have been part of the HEFCE innovation fund. Five speakers will have five minutes to share the key learnings of their project. Introduced by a member of the team at HEFCE. Followed by opportunity for questions from the audience.
Professor Susan Rigby, Vice-Chancellor, Bath Spa University