The University of York annual Learning and Teaching Conference is this year taking place on Wednesday 10 June in the Exhibition Centre. The conference is on the theme ‘One size does not fit all: ensuring all students reach their potential’ and will explore the implications of diversifying delivery of programmes and how students are engaged during their studies and supported in the process of achieving their potential. A key theme will be the way in which programme design can address the range of student ability and levels of student engagement. It will also explore the use of personalised learning approaches within module teaching.
The conference programme is now available. The day will begin with an introduction by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Students Dr Jane Grenville. Conference themes will then be addressed in detail within five parallel workshop sessions, with sessions covering a wide range of topics including:
- Giving everyone a voice – all students in small groups want to say something
- Power to the people: addressing inclusivity and student motivation through choice in assessment format
- Personalising feedback: Can we bridge the formative-summative gap?
- Fitting Language – but how many sizes?
During lunch there will be a poster session for colleagues and students to share their own educational innovations in any field, as well as plenty of opportunities for discussion and debate about the issues raised. Following lunch the keynote speech will be given by Christine Hockings. This will be followed by further parallel workshops. The conference will conclude with a structured group discussion over drinks on conference themes.
Christine Hockings, Professor of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education at the University of Wolverhampton, will deliver the keynote speech. Christine has conducted a significant amount of research into the pedagogy of widening participation and student diversity. She recently completed a project to develop Open Educational Resources for the Higher Education sector designed for the enhancement of inclusive learning environments that has been accessed widely both nationally and overseas. Her main area of teaching includes the innovative Teacher as Academic module on the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice at the University of Wolverhampton. Christine will draw on her experiences and will share these resources, describing how they have been used. The conference will conclude with a structured group discussion over drinks on conference themes.
There is no charge to attend and all staff and students are welcome. Please use the online bookings form to register to attend.