Teaching Matters – November roundup

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The Teaching Matters blog team shares an insight into its explorations of the latest learning and teaching themes.

The November Teaching Matters newsletter explored five futures from the fifth Annual Learning & Teaching Conference.

The exterior of McEwan Hall with a Learning and Teaching Conference banner in the foreground.

Summer saw the return of the Annual Learning and Teaching (L&T) Conference at the University. In June, McEwan Hall welcomed more than 400 conference attendees: 200 colleagues and 31 students in person, with a further 193 delegates able to join through a livestream. The following two days were held online, with more than 600 delegates attending 96 talks and workshops. As Jenny Scoles writes in her Teaching Matters blog post covering the conference, external colleagues were also invited to attend, which allowed for greater knowledge exchange. This chance to blend physical and virtual environments over three days was a truly meaningful one, not least because the conference followed months of uncertainty.

Read Jenny’s blogpost.

The theme of the fifth Annual L&T Conference was urgent: Shaping Our Future. There is no doubt that this was a necessary exploration of what higher education could and should look like in a post-2020/21 world. What has changed? What hasn’t? Which areas of academic life need the most attention at this critical juncture? What kind of work is actively being done, by staff and students, to shape our future in the present? Teaching Matters’ recent Hot Topic series on the conference offered attendees a space to address these questions and many more. Reflecting on their presentations and experiences, the authors of these blog posts are teachers, students, and academic developers who approach future-shaping in distinctive ways.

Read the Teaching Matters’ recent Hot Topic series.

You can access recordings of the keynote presentations, papers, workshops, panel sessions and posters on the Learning and Teaching Conference 2022 website.

In the November Teaching Matters Newsletter you will find five futures from the fifth Annual L&T Conference. These are followed by our regular features: Collegiate Commentary, In Case You Missed It (ICYMI), and Coming Soon at Teaching Matters!


The University of Edinburgh Learning & Teaching Conference 2023 – Call for Proposals now open

Submissions are invited from staff and students for the University’s annual Learning & Teaching Conference taking place 27 and 28 June 2023. Proposals should relate to the theme: ‘Investigate, inquire, innovate: exploring research-informed teaching practice’. Deadline for submissions is 12pm on 16 January 2023. For more information, please see the Learning & Teaching Conference website.

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