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Learning and Teaching Conference 2020

Learning and Teaching Conference 2020
Celebrating Learning Community: the transformative potential of partnership working in higher education

Now more than ever we need to celebrate and promote the power of the learning community and partnership working. So for the first time, our annual Learning and Teaching Conference will be delivered entirely online. The conference will also be open to a national audience and the papers will share best practice from the national learning community. During the week of 29 June-3 July we will bring you a varied and inspiring collection of sessions from across the sector.

This includes two key notes, one from Brendan Stone, Professor of Social Engagement and the Humanities, University of Sheffield and another from students and staff working on the University of Hull Student Staff Partnership Scheme. In addition there will be discussion papers, workshops, live Q&As and much more. With a combination of synchronous and asynchronous content you will be able to access more content, and at a time to suit you.

Sessions will present practical wisdom others can learn from and/or adopt, be scholarship of teaching and learning-led, and have been selected based on evident success or lessons learned from the initiative described.

In a time of political and financial uncertainty for higher education one constant continues to thrive - the integrity of the learning community. Learning communities are made up of those invested in our success, and include: students and academic, related and professional service staff; regional, national and international schools, colleges, charities, businesses and employers; and of course, the cities in which our institutions reside.

Working with our community, in partnership, calls for radical openness to different ways of knowing and doing, and may mean rethinking our practice to achieve our common goal – student and community success.

'Celebrating Learning Community' gives a platform to the 'pedagogic practices engaged in creating a new language, rupturing disciplinary boundaries, de-centring authority, and rewriting the institutional and discursive borderlands' (Giroux and McLaren, quoted in hooks, 1994).

Partnership working can be rewarding, challenging and transformative. It strengthens the learning community and offers comfort in adversity as 'hope… becomes intensified when one realises it is not a solitary struggle' (Freire, 1997, p106). Partnership working includes (but is not limited to):

1. Integrated working across an institution, collaborating with fellow research, teaching and scholarship staff; support and
professional services; students’ unions and student representatives;
2. Engaging students and/or alumni in educational development, pedagogic research or consultation in curriculum design;
3. Working with external stakeholders such as validating partners; professional, scholarly, and research bodies; employers and/or placement providers; government bodies; schools and colleges; non-government or third sector organisations and community groups;
4. Collaborating with other HE institutions and providers across the regional, national or international sector; and/or partner
providers whose programmes your department/institution validates.

In addition to these themes, there will be two additional themed days focusing on inclusive teaching and learning and digital teaching and learning.


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Details of the full programme.  

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