The 8th Annual University of Glasgow Learning and Teaching conference took place on Tuesday 14th April 2015.
The Conference was entitled ‘Learning and teaching in a changing environment‘ and provided an opportunity to explore important challenges and opportunities arising from changes to the context in which learning and teaching is taking place.
The following themes provided a focus for exploring how a changing environment can enhance the student learning experience:
- Learning with technology
- Assessment that is fit for purpose
- Student diversity
The keynote presentations came from Professor Robert A Duke (The University of Texas at Austin) and Professor Hugh Davis (The University of Southampton). There were a variety of seminars on throughout the day (see here) and I attended: Using audio and video to improve student feedback; Supporting Student Transition from Glasgow International College; A Pre-Entry Distance Course on Moodle: articulating course expectations, aiming to impact on access, and student confidence; Student experiences of formulating dissertation topics: strategies, challenges and support and; What can MOOCs do for us in HE? Some experiences from the School of Law.
There were opportunities (as always!) to meet new people and to network with colleagues from other institutions. The key message for me (I always like to take away one big theme for the day) was that in Higher Education, we are actually very good at being innovative – in the sense that we recognise our strengths and the areas which need to be developed, and through this process we are willing to try new things. The important aspect, of course, is that when we do apply new pedagogy or ideas, we look to form an evidence based approach which will allow for evaluation and future refinement. The conference emphasised this to me and it is too easy to get bogged down in the day to day routine and forget all the excellent work that goes on – often behind the scenes.
The conference used the Twitter Hashtag #GU2015LTC and you can see what other people thought by following the chat. Here are a few examples: