|The Learning and Teaching Conference 2022 will showcase effective, creative and collaborative approaches to learning and teaching across the University. |
We are planning an in-person event with opportunities to engage with online events over the conference week. Call for papers and registration information coming soon. Keep an eye on the conference website for the most up to date information.
With over 280 delegates, 12 lightning talk videos, 9 live sessions and some creative entries to the poster competition, our first online learning and teaching conference had something for everyone. Thank you to all colleagues and students for getting involved and sharing some of their teaching and learning successes and challenges from the past year.
You can find a number of resources from the week below and we look forward to seeing you all at the next event.
Introduction from the Vice-Chancellor
Professor Chris Day introduces the conference celebrating the many collaborative, creative and impactful approaches to teaching across the University. He also highlights the achievements of Professor Suzanne Cholerton, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Education, who is retiring this year.
Opening Keynote Address: Education for All?
Professor Sue Rigby, Vice-Chancellor, Bath Spa University
Professor Sue Rigby opened the event with her address intended to provoke, asking colleagues and students to think about some key questions:
- Why doesn’t everyone thrive at University?
- Attainment gap or awarding gap?
- Thrive or strive: Is learning purposeful? Is it effective? Is it challenging? Is it engaging?
Watch Education for All? Keynote address
Lightning Talk videos
A diverse range of approaches to teaching and learning all covered in less then 7 minutes. With contributions from colleagues from Schools and Services across the University these are a great resource if you’re looking for some new ideas:
- Time to unlock your talent Tong Xin, School of Computing
- Supportive Practice Tool Kevin Johnson, Student Health and Wellbeing Service
- Student (mis) understanding of citation practice Sarah Carnegie, Newcastle University Business School
- Virtual Reality Game for chemical engineering education and training Ryo Toyoda, School of Engineering
- Differentiating Specialisms Karen Murad, School of History, Classics and Archaeology
- Recent Developments of MSP George Stagg, School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics
- An exploration of individual student generated videos creation as an assessment method Nick Howey, Newcastle University Business School
- How representative is our student representation system Dr Luisa Wakeling, School of Dental Sciences
- Managing Diversity through Technology Dr Yen Nee Tan, Newcastle University in Singapore
- Learning Styles of stage one medical students Ratnapdeep Saha, NUMed Malaysia
- Lessons from a Continuing Professional Development Programme Dr Tejal Shah, Institute of Coding
- Newcastle Calls Project Barbara Guidarelli and Dr Cristina Peligra, School of Modern Languages
Congratulations to Rosalind Beaumont, HaSS Faculty Office and Nuala Davies, LTDS who won this year’s poster competition with their poster:
Winning the Blended Learning Game (step by step) Flipping the HaSS PG Cert Research Training over three years.
You can still view all of this year’s poster submissions
All live sessions were recorded so if you missed any or want to revisit some of the talks you can at the links below:
- Tackling the awarding gap for BAME students, Workshop Dr Ruth Graham – HaSS Faculty, Laura Johnstone and Daniel Homer – Learning & Teaching Development Service
- Enhancing the levels of student voice Dr Alessio Iannetti and Muaz Ibrahim, School of Pharmacy
- The student as lecturer Dr Hélène Tyrell, Newcastle Law School
- Sustainable futures: how can Higher Education Institutions integrate social responsibility and sustainable development issues into the curriculum? Tracy Scurry, Associate Dean, HaSS Faculty and Naomi Oosman-Watts, Assistant Director, Careers Service
- Learner – centred education: Empowering individual learners through student-centred experiential learning Dr Orla Collins, School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
- Microsoft Sway – An accessible and inclusive online learning tool Linda Jose, School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
- It’s not just about the science-attribute development and recognition via final year dissertations Dr Vanessa Armstrong, School of Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Sciences
Closing Keynote address: Keynote Address: Powerful Learning for a Challenging World
Professor Dilly Fung, Pro-Director for Education, The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
Professor Dilly Fung closed the conference with an inspiring talk which looked at the relationship between education, research and public engagement through the lens of the Connected Curriculum framework.
Meet the researcher schemes, an interdisciplinary course for all first-year students and a degree showcase portfolio are all practical examples of ways that the Connected Curriculum can be achieved.
The talk ended with some questions and examples of work already happening in these areas as well as lots of new ideas to explore.
Professor Suzanne Cholerton, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Education
Professor Cholerton thanked all speakers, delegates and organisers for making this year’s conference happen in spite of the current circumstances.
This was Professor Cholerton’s last learning and teaching conference and during her time as PVC Education the conference has gone from strength to strength with increased numbers of colleagues and students presenting and attending each year. This is down to Professor Cholerton’s vision and leadership and we hope we can continue to make future conferences equally as successful.
Next years event
Planning will be underway soon and if you’d like to get involved in the programme committee we’d love to hear from you. Please email LTDS@ncl.ac.uk
Join us at this year’s learning and teaching conference for a fantastic series of online events. Hear from colleagues, students and external speakers, collaborate in workshops and watch some of the lightning talk videos during the conference week, 1-5 March 2021.
Everyone involved in learning and teaching at all Newcastle University campuses – students, academic colleagues, professional services colleagues technicians and external collaborators are all invited to attend.
We are delighted to be welcoming two keynote speakers, Prof Sue Rigby, Bath Spa University and Prof Dilly Fung, LSE to this year’s online event. Find out more about the keynote addresses and sign up using the links below.
- Education for all? – Professor Sue Rigby, Vice-Chancellor, Bath Spa University, Monday 1 March 2021 12:00-13:15
- Powerful Learning for a Challenging World – Professor Dilly Fung, Pro-Director for Education, The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Friday 5 March 2021 12:00-13:15
Full programme and registration
Get in touch with the conference team NULTConf1@newcastle.ac.uk.
1 March – 5 March 2021
The Learning and Teaching Conference 2021 will showcase effective, creative and collaborative approaches to learning and teaching from across the University.
Workshops, presentations and lightning talks will be spread across the week, for our first ever fully online conference allowing you to pop along to connect with colleagues and share new ideas. We are pleased to be welcoming keynote speakers Professor Sue Rigby Vice-Chancellor, Bath Spa University and Professor Dilly Fung Pro-Director for Education, The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
As the 2020 event couldn’t take place we can’t wait to see you at this year’s event. Keep a note of the date in your diaries. More information to come.
If you have any questions get in touch LTDS@ncl.ac.uk
2nd April 2020
Newcastle University Campus
How do we deliver Newcastle’s educational vision, meet the needs of all our students and support and develop our staff?
This one-day conference will explore these questions and more.
All are invited to join the conversation on the 2nd April 2020.
Join us – Registration is open
You can book your place for the conference now.
Hear from the two exciting keynote presenters and be inspired by the work of your colleagues and students across Newcastle University’s campuses.
Keep up to date with how the day is developing by visiting the conference website.
Call for submissions
Why not share your own practice? The call for submissions is also open.
Proposals are encouraged from everyone involved in learning and teaching at all Newcastle University campuses – students, academic staff, professional services staff, technicians and external collaborators.
There are full details about how to submit, formats, themes and criteria on the conference website.
The deadline for submissions is 10 January 2020.
Spread the word
Tell you colleagues about the conference and how to register – all are welcome.
Are they doing some interesting work that deserves to be known more widely, and just need some encouragement? This is their chance, why not suggest they submit a proposal.
Dr Alessio Iannetti, School of Pharmacy
At the Newcastle Teaching and Learning conference in April, I received a NUTELA award for my presentation “Who wants to be millionaire as a game for Pharmacy Curriculum”. I have used an adapted version of this game as part of my biology seminars for Stage 1 Pharmacy-students. I did this to make the seminar sessions more fun and engaging thanks the competitive nature of the game, but at the same time to test a new approach to facilitate student knowledge retention on a difficult topic of biology, such as immunology is.
The game worked well and the data collected showed that it augments student knowledge retention. Student feedback showed that the game activity was very engaging and that students appreciated working in teams for the game. Therefore, a second aim to keep this game in the seminar sessions, is to help students to practise the team-work skills that they will need in their career. In the feedback form, students acknowledged that they prefer a game activity to a seminar and underlined how enjoyable this is. One student said: “Much better than seminars” Another student said: “Thoroughly enjoyed the session”.
Thanks to the NUTELA award, I was able to fund part of my journey to the Biennal Monash Pharmacy symposium in Prato (Italy) last July, where I presented my work to Pharmacy educators coming from all the world. It was a great experience, I networked with a number of colleagues who expressed interest in the game and in applying it in their own institutions.
Read the full case study on the Case Studies Website.
The changing landscape of Higher Education
3 April 2019
Over 250 delegates attended this year’s conference to celebrate learning and teaching here at Newcastle University.
The packed programme included 45 presentations, workshops and lightning talks, as well as keynotes from Professor Alison Shaw, Vice-President, National Foundation for Educational Research and Founder, North East Futures UTC and Chris Millward, Office for Students.
You can find a full range of resources from the conference below, including ReCap recordings and copies of presentation slides.
Don’t forget to save the date for next year’s conference which will be held on 2 April 2020. You can also sign up for the conference reminder service if you want to find out when the call for submissions and registration opens.
Professor Suzanne Cholerton, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Education
The Learning and Teaching Conference poster competition is now open and Newcastle University staff and students can vote for 3 posters that they find most inspirational. Winners will be announced at the end of the conference on 3 April 2019.
Conference delegates will be able to browse the posters during registration and over lunch, where presenters will be available to answer any questions. Voting will close at 3pm (GMT) on the 3 April 2019.
Find out full information about this year’s conference on the conference website.
If you have any questions please get in touch LTDS@ncl.ac.uk
The changing landscape of Higher Education, 3 April 2019
This year’s programme includes a fantastic range of speakers and we are delighted to confirm that Professor Alison Shaw will be delivering a keynote at the conference.
Alison has enjoyed a long and varied career in the English education system. She is Vice-President of NFER, the UK’s leading independent provider of education research and insights; and Founder of North East Futures UTC.
She studied Modern Foreign Languages to postgraduate level at the University of Leeds, to which she subsequently returned to do her PGCE after a year spent teaching at the University of Lyon in France. She has occupied senior roles in several secondary schools in England, including 11 years as a Headteacher, specialising throughout in shaping and augmenting curricula which combine academic rigour with real-world experience and relevance. Continue reading “Learning and Teaching Conference 2019: Keynote Speaker, Professor Alison Shaw”
Do you want to help inform the University’s decision on the future VLE?
The University is well underway with the review of its Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and following the in-depth consultation that has taken place with staff and students over the past 18 months, the project team have worked hard to ensure the University’s requirements have been captured in the official tender which will be published later in February.
Once we receive suppliers’ responses to our tender, members of the project team will analyse these and will initially determine which suppliers meet our mandatory (pass/fail) requirements. The project team will then score suppliers based on their responses to our highly desirable/desirable requirements.
We need your input….
The quality of the user experience is a very important element to our tender and will have significant weighting in our scoring process. We would really like both staff and students to get involved with this. During April to June, we will have access to test accounts for the systems that have met our mandatory requirements and volunteers will be asked to undertake a series of tasks, assessing each for ease of use, anticipated support required and system confidence.
It is essential that colleagues involved in this process review all systems that meet our mandatory requirements but it is not anticipated that this will take more than half a day. You will have the option of an organised workshop or completing the tasks in your own time and further details will be provided in the coming weeks.
We need representation from both academic and professional service staff with varying degrees of VLE experience from absolute beginners to expert users.
If you are interested in being involved, please complete this expression of interest form.
On behalf of the project team, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your engagement throughout the consultation period which has been crucial in getting us to the point of publishing our tender documentation. I look forward to working with you during the next exciting phase.