Learning and Teaching Conference 2022

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The University’s popular Learning and Teaching Conference will return in June 2022, with the theme Shaping our Futures.

The conference will open on Tuesday 14 June with a face-to-face event in the McEwan Hall. The day will focus on keynote presentations, panel discussions, poster presentations, and opportunities to network. Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 June will be online events. These shorter days will showcase paper presentations, panel discussions, workshops, short talks and storytelling.

The call for proposals is now open.

Since 2018, the conference has been bringing together staff and students from across the institution to share good practice, and to take a scholarly look at learning and teaching.

The 2022 Learning and Teaching Conference provides a space to showcase existing teaching practices, as well as offering a platform for debate, innovation and creativity to plan for the future.

All members of the University community are invited to submit proposals that relate to one or more of the following themes in a range of formats:

  • Building community
  • Teaching data skills, data ethics and AI
  • Sustainability
  • Interdisciplinary teaching
  • Hybridity reimagined: Teaching experientially in outdoor, indoor and online places
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Challenging accepted ways of thinking
  • Student-Staff co-creation curriculum work
  • Engaging employers, community, and alumni

The deadline for proposals is Friday 21 January 2022.

Earlier this year, Nini Fang, Lecturer in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Applied Social Science, submitted a successful proposal for the 2021 conference, and she found the experience incredibly rewarding: “It was a great pleasure to present at the Learning and Teaching Conference this year.

“My presentation centred on relational ethics in higher education and spoke to the question of how forms of institutional violence such as the audit culture and tyranny of student satisfaction add present-day insult to historical injury of colonialism and racial suffering. I was apprehensive prior to the presentation given the personal storytelling that formed a critique of institutional working. However, the audience response conveyed such a generous spirit in engaging with me. Hearing how a few felt ‘shocked’ by my story brought me relief that my story was telling-worthy. In the current climate, this coming together, being unafraid of going to uncomfortable places together, the collective further musings, and solidarity feel precious beyond words!”

You can hear more about Nini’s experience on the Teaching Matters podcast.

The outcome of the proposal reviewing process will be communicated by the end of February 2022.

Submissions that are jointly-led by both staff and students are strongly encouraged. For more information, including how to submit your proposal please visit the University of Edinburgh’s Learning and Teaching conference website.

Photography: Allan Bovill at the Learning and Teaching Conference in 2019.