Skip to main content

Teaching in the spotlight: Day one

03 Jul 2019 | We report some of the highlights from the first day of the Advance HE Teaching and learning Conference 2019.

Teaching in the Spotlight: Day One

Our Chief Executive Alison Johns welcomed delegates to our annual Teaching and Learning Conference at Northumbria University – three days of positioning the spotlight firmly on higher education teaching in a global context.

Alison Johns at the Advance HE Teaching and Learning Conference 2019

A view from the top

Diana Beech, Policy Adviser to Universities Minister Chris Skidmore gave the Day One keynote speech, addressing the audience on Teaching Excellence and the national policy context.

From her unique position at the heart of higher education policy-making in Whitehall, Diana explained why recent Governments have been so keen to recognise and encourage excellent teaching, and how they are going about it – outlining key developments in improving student choice, access, experience and outcomes.

Diana reflected on the evolution of the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework asking where we could be going next to enhance innovation in teaching practice? She asserted that good teaching is Assessable, Inspiring, Supportive, Imaginative and Responsive. She called for teaching to be more imaginative, to embrace VR, AR and learning analytics to really drive engaging student experiences.

Emphasising the importance of feedback, Diana highlighted that online feedback can be impersonal or lower rated. She suggested more detailed and personalised feedback should be a part of universities delivering more supportive teaching.

Dianna Beech at the Advance HE Teaching and Learning Conference 2019

Standing-room-only workshops

Heather Pennington and Emmajane Milton from Cardiff University presented a popular workshop on ‘Teaching excellence and embracing innovative teaching practices to engage and support “hard to reach” colleagues’. Look out for a blog coming soon on this topic.

Workshop presenters at the Advance HE Teaching and Learning Conference 2019

Speed presenting

Our afternoon Ignite session aimed to enlighten delegates in lightning-quick time. Twenty slides in five minutes that automatically move on - our four presenters stayed focused and kept to time, explaining their approaches to assessment, critical thinking, collaboration and interactions in Health and Social Care.

• A co-creation approach to strategic enhancement of assessment and feedback in Nursing and Midwifery - Hilary Abbott-Brailey from Northumbria University.

• Using a model to develop students’ critical thinking skills - Craig Johnston, Brunel University London.

• Collaborative teaching and learning: Speech and Language Therapy students and trainee teachers learning to work together - Aydan Suphi, Birmingham City University.

• Overcoming the pseudo-individualised approach to student interactions - Dr Tim Young, University College London.

Title slide from the Ignite sessions at the Advance HE Teaching and Learning Conference 2019
The group taking part in the Ignite Session at the Advance HE Teaching and Learning Conference 2019

Soapbox challenge

New for this year is the Soapbox Sessions on Health and Social Care. These short presentations are designed to help our specially selected Soapbox speakers find people working in similar areas to collaborate and make connections with those with shared interests.

Further details of all Soapbox projects will be posted on the collaboration areas of Advance HE Connect.

Our Soapbox speakers included:

Dr Tim Young from UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology (IoN) is looking to collaborate with colleagues keen to increase student feedback participation rates through testing personalised email content.

Shakila Devi Perumal from Cardiff University is seeking partners to collaborate with in the investigation of the impact of content and language integrated learning (CLIL) technology in postgraduate curriculum design, assessment and feedback.

Jackie Cawkwell from the University of Nottingham is exploring how to extend engagement with CPD for teaching and learning support colleagues who contribute significantly to the student learning experience but who are excluded from targets.

Pauline Calleja from Griffith University is looking for partners interested in collaborating and contributing to a study using Artificial Intelligence methodology to collect information from large numbers of participants to better understand what can be done to support graduate nurses’ transition into their first year of practice.

Speaker at the Soapbox Challenge at the Advance HE Teaching and Learning Conference 2019
Speaker at the Soapbox Challenge at the Advance HE Teaching and Learning Conference 2019

Keep up to date - Sign up to Advance HE communications

Our monthly newsletter contains the latest news from Advance HE, updates from around the sector, links to articles sharing knowledge and best practice and information on our services and upcoming events. Don't miss out, sign up to our newsletter now.

Sign up to our enewsletter