27 June 2017, 09:30 - 16:15
Our annual learning and teaching conference, Engage, celebrates learning, teaching and assessment-related activities across Anglia Ruskin University.
The conference includes keynotes by our Vice Chancellor Professor Iain Martin and Professor Jacqueline Stevenson, workshops and paper presentations. An awards ceremony will also take place, celebrating our new ARU Teaching Fellows and announcing the Learning and Teaching Project Award holders.
Our Vice Chancellor Professor Iain Martin will give the keynote address 'What might university education look like in 10 years: issues for our education strategy'.
Our keynote speaker will be Professor Jacqueline Stevenson, Head of Research in the Sheffield Institute of Education, Sheffield Hallam University. She is a sociologist of education with a particular interest in policy and practice relating to equity and diversity, widening participation, and student success. Her key areas of interest are policy and practice relating to the higher education experience of black and minority ethnic and religious students, as well as international students, and of refugees and other forced migrants.
Professor Jacqueline Stevenson's keynote will focus on 'Reconceptualising the retention puzzle through the lens of student resilience'.
The need to build students' resilience is increasingly framing approaches to enhancing retention and success in higher education. In the US similar approaches are designed to help students develop 'grit', whilst in schools the focus has been on developing positive 'mindset'. These interventions are, however, largely built on the belief that those who fail in education lack resilience. This locates both the problem, and also the solution, firmly with the individual and negates the role of the institution.
This keynote draws on data from students from a range of backgrounds who have demonstrated high levels of resilience before entering higher education but may still withdraw early. Professor Stevenson will evidence the risk factors students face, the internal resources they draw, on and the external factors which can enhance or inhibit their success throughout their learning journey. In doing so, she critiques resilience-building activities that work to individualise and stigmatise students, and argues instead for a reconceptualisation of the role and responsibilities of universities in enhancing retention.
Alison is Acting Director of Academic Quality and Development and Head of Learning and Teaching at the University of Winchester. She is former Associate Dean Learning & Teaching at the London College of Fashion and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Her higher education career has focused on working with creative arts staff and students and in May 2014 Alison was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in the UK. She has worked in creative arts education in a variety of guises, across all levels and many subjects – as educational and staff developer, researcher and policy maker and teacher.
Alison will lead the workshop Exploring curriculum development in 3D with LEGO®.
This workshop will offer a hands-on opportunity to consider how playful and constructionist activities can be applied to curriculum design and development. Some of these activities will draw on principles outlined in my report for the HEA on innovative pedagogical practices while others are being used on an MA in Learning and Teaching module on curriculum design.
The workshop will sketch out the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® approach and outline with practical activities how its principles can be adapted to higher education contexts. The session will also draw on literature and current initiatives concerning play in higher education and debunk the notion that the playful is incompatible with the serious, complex or challenging. Questions about, and examples from, participants’ own practices and contexts will be welcomed.
David is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Loughborough University. He is Senior Fellow of the HEA and Honorary Research Fellow, Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies.
David will lead the workshop Visual communication: multimedia methods for engagement and active learning.
In this workshop, we’ll be matching how our students learn to how we deliver lecture content by exploiting the potential of images, and mapping that to how our brains process knowledge.
Drawing on five decades of research in cognition, and the contemporary scholarly research of Richard Mayer and others, we’ll explore a more balanced pedagogic delivery called multimedia learning (MML).
MML acknowledges the role vision plays in interpreting knowledge. It can be adapted and applied in other pedagogic contexts beyond the lecture theatre, but it also draws on an older idiom: ‘a picture paints a thousand words’. We’ll be reviewing David’s recently published research that explores how imagery generates engagement, provokes active learning, and stimulates better recall. The workshop will begin with a visual presentation using image-filled slides that summarises the research and its findings. We’ll be talking about the implications of adapting our pedagogies to – and exploiting resources from – the digital visual era. We’ll also look at supporting the increasing number of dyslexic learners through visuality. You’ll have the opportunity to do hands-on exercises in groups to better understand the ‘how’ of the process. If you can, please bring an Internet-connected device with you.
Please watch David’s TEDx talk Visual feasts of the mind: matching how we teach to how we learn to prepare for the workshop.
We've created a conference pack for you to download.
9.30–9.55 Coffee and registration
10.10–10.40 Vice Chancellor's address
10.45–11.30 Keynote: Reconceptualising the retention puzzle through the lens of student resilience
11.45–12.45 Parallel session 1
13.30–14.30 Parallel session 2
14.45–15.45 Parallel session 3
15.45–16.15 Lesley Dobree
Presenters can choose from the following:
Please give approximate timings for your session. For example:
If you’ll be using PowerPoint slides in your presentation or workshop, please download the Presenters' PowerPoint Slide template (.pptx). Please also provide us with an electronic copy of your PowerPoint presentation at least one week prior to the conference. Presentations will be included in the conference proceedings.
Each physical poster will be displayed on a board and should be A1 in size.
Images and logos should be prepared at a minimum 150dpi at 100% size.
You should arrange for your poster to be printed by Digital Copy Services and delivered to Anglia Learning & Teaching at least one week prior to the conference.
Please also submit a PDF version of your poster for inclusion in the conference proceedings.
For general information and to view resources from last year's conference, please visit our CPD Opportunities Annual Conference page.
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