UEL’s Learning and Teaching Symposium 2018 Report

On Thursday the 20th of September, the 2nd Annual Learning and Teaching Symposium took place. What an amazing event it was, with 160 people attending, 57 externals from Imperial College, UCL, LSE, Birkbeck as well as presenters from UAL and Lancaster University, sharing practice as well as 38 unique views on the livestreams and 123 interactions on Twitter using the #uelLTSymp18.

The Symposium was opened by our new Vice Chancellor, Professor Amanda J Broderick on competency based learning, digital first and skills development, all linked to employability and well being of the workforce.

Our Keynote, LSE’s new Pro-Director, Professor Dilly Fung,  discussed about how students feel connected with her talk count me in.

We have a series of 14 sessions on a variety of topics from ‘Decolonising the Curriculum’ to ‘Engaging and Retaining Mature Learners’, aligning with the theme of ‘Inclusive Design, Inclusive Practice’. Some tweets below highlight this.

Even some of our remote participants were enjoying the event!

If you missed the event, or couldn’t attend all the sessions you wanted to, you can view the recordings and slides of the presentations here.

Award Winners

We would also like to take this opportunity to say a huge congratulations to our 2018 Learning & Teaching award winners!

We had some really fantastic nominations, thank you to all those who submitted a nomination form after being nominated by their Head of Department. This year’s winners are:

Excellence in Learning & Teaching – Heba Elsharkawy (ACE)

Best Performing Academic Team – MSc Psychology

Most Inclusive Teaching Practices – Aura Lounasmaa (OLIve, CASS)

Curriculum Innovation – Nicola Antoniou and Eleanor Scarlett (Law)

Enhancing First Year Experience – Max Eames (Pscychology) and Liselle Terret (ADI)

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) – Sonya Dineva (Psychology)

Next Year…

We would love to hear your ideas for next year’s theme.

If you attended the symposium (in person or virtually) please complete this short survey where you can give your feedback, as well as ideas for next year’s theme. If you were unable to attend the symposium but would still like to share your ideas, please submit them here.

Thanks to the staff who have already completed the short survey, we are taking your comments on board for next year!

2017 – The First-Year Experience

2018 – Inclusive Design, Inclusive Practice

2019 – … …?

And Finally…

Thank you to the staff who posted messages on Twitter and sent emails. Below are just a few.

Dear Charles et al, Just a quick note to say congratulations to you and the team, and the behind-the-scenes service staff, on a great day. I was particularly inspired by Cigdem and Angie to do something a little different this year with my level 4 students – thank you!

See you next year!


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