Thursday, 21 April 2016

FW: Educational places, disciplinary spaces: Sheffield Hallam University Annual Conference 23-24 June 2016.


Dear SEDA colleagues,


You are warmly invited to join us at Sheffield Hallam for our annual Learning and Teaching Conference on 23-24 June.  Please find further information about the event below.


Bookings can be made via this link. The conference fee is £130 and tickets are limited so early booking is recommended.


Even if you are unable to attend, you can join the conversation by following us on twitter: @SHULTEvents  #SHULT16


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: | @taylor_dr


Information about the Programme


Day 1 of the conference is a Partnership Symposium in which we explore the challenge of delivering an educational experience in places and spaces outside of the normal campus environment, for example through placement learning, work-based learning and trans-national education. The day will begin with a keynote address by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Chris Husbands.  More details about the programme - which includes sessions on education partnerships, higher and degree apprenticeships, teaching training, knowledge transfer, CPD for skills and international collaboration - are available here.


Day 2 will open with a keynote lecture by Professor Alexi Marmot, a professional architect and expert in learning spaces from University College London.  This will be followed by a programme of more than 40 papers and workshops on a broad range of topics, all tied closely to the theme of space and place in education. There will also be an opportunity to join The Space Tour – an immersive experience of seven university learning spaces, led by a tour guide.


Session themes include:


·         Engaging students in the classroom.

Are you looking for ways to liven up your lectures, or to encourage conversation and collaboration in a seminar? From magic tricks to visual aids, from mobile devices to maker-spaces, projects from across the university will help you to understand the barriers to student engagement and give you ideas to transform your teaching practice.


·         Building learning communities and strengthening cultures

Can you grow the culture of your department by changing the physical environment? How can you help students to become part of a thriving learning community through the use of technology or virtual learning spaces? Explore how course, discipline and university communities are strengthened by transforming the ways in which we interact and collaborate in both physical and virtual university spaces.


·         Beyond the 'university border'

Whether your focus is on improving the experience of Distance Learning students or preparing students for work placements, there are significant challenges associated with supporting learning in off-campus spaces. Find out how flexible- learning tools, innovative programme designs and new partnership models have been used to help students to learn in remote contexts.


Abstracts and more details about the programme are available here; this information is being updated on a daily basis.






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