Wednesday, 2 March 2016

FW: Sheffield Hallam University Learning and Teaching Conference 2016





Dear Colleagues,


We are pleased to announce that Sheffield Hallam’s annual Learning and Teaching Conference will take place on the 23rd and 24th June 2016. This year’s event is our 20th annual conference and has the theme ‘University Places: Educational Spaces’.


The call for papers is open and we are welcoming submissions for the Day Two programme (Friday 24th) that address the following themes:


1.       Transformative learning spaces

Although many learning activities are generic, some are closely tied to specific disciplines.  Accordingly, many institutional teaching and learning spaces are designed to accommodate a range of programmes, whereas others are designed specifically for disciplinary needs (e.g. laboratories or studios). Here, we invite you to explore how different teaching places are used to enable learning in different ways, in different contexts, from one of two perspectives:

                                 i.            How are general teaching places (seminar rooms, lecture theatres, virtual learning environments) used to enable learning in specific disciplines or subjects? Examples might include creative uses of rooms or online tools to support a single learning activity or a significant change in approach to large or small group teaching for a specific subject.

                               ii.            How are disciplinary places used to enable the learning of more generic skills common to/shared by many disciplines (e.g. critical analysis, group work, presentation skills)? For example, where places which have been designed and equipped for specific learning activities (e.g. experiments or performances) are transformed into writing spaces, dialogic spaces or reflective spaces for learning.


2.       Beyond the ‘Physical Campus’

Here, we welcome papers which explore the use of places which exist outside of the physical university campus as learning spaces.  These might be

                                 i.            Virtual spaces where staff/and or students interact outside of formal ‘working hours’.

                               ii.            Places of work (work-based learning, placements, part-time study, employers on campus).

                              iii.            ‘Satellite’ and partner campuses, both in the UK and abroad.

Central to the theme is the question of how we support student learning in those spaces, providing settings where mutually beneficial interactions can occur and communities developed.



More information about the conference is available via the conference website.  Submissions should be made using the appropriate forms (available on the conference website) by THURSDAY 24th MARCH


A further announcement about bookings will be made when registration is open. In the meantime, please note the dates in your diary and direct any enquiries to the Conference Team.


Tweeters can follow @SHULTevents for the latest updates and use #SHULT16 to join the conversation!


Best wishes,


Dr Natasha Taylor SFHEA

Senior Lecturer in Academic Professional Development | Learning Enhancement and Academic Development | Sheffield Hallam University | Building Oneleven | City Campus | Howard Street | Sheffield S1 1WB | Tel: 0114 225 6662 | email:


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