Learning and Teaching FEST 2017: Call for contributions

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Student Success: Adding Value through ‘Learning Gain’

This year’s Learning and Teaching Fest will be held on Tuesday 20th June 2017 on our Fusehill Street campus. The theme of this year’s Fest is “Student Success” Adding Value through ‘Learning Gain’ a topic which covers a broad spectrum of practice and will allow us to showcase some of the best and most original practice at UoC and our partner institutions.

Adding Value through ‘Learning Gain’ is becoming an increasing focus as a way of measuring success in higher education and is one of the aspects the TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework) assessment framework considers as teaching excellence (Jan 2017, TEF, Higher Education Funding Council For England).

Learning Gain can be defined and understood in a number of ways. Broadly it is an attempt to measure the improvement in knowledge, skills, work-readiness and personal development made by students during their time spent in higher education (Feb 2016, Learning gain, Higher Education Funding Council for England).

The conference is looking to share learning and teaching practice from across the UoC and our partner institutions which adds value through learning gain to enhance student success. We are looking for contributions in the following key areas identified in the Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy review:

  • The learner
  • The learning environment
  • Curriculum design
  • The Academic role
  • Partnership working

Presenters will be scheduled within 30 minutes’ slots (maximum 20 minutes presenting, with time for Q&A/discussion).

Presenters are asked to explore the evidence of the impact and or effectiveness of their practice on adding value to the student experience. They will also be encouraged to frame the work within the new Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy.

Presentations may be single or joint with colleagues or students. We highly encourage co-presentations with students.

To offer a contribution, please submit a 200 word abstract via BOS survey by Friday 7th April 2017.

Abstracts should address the following:

  • What were you trying to enhance?
  • How did you enhance your practice to address this?
  • What is the evidence of the value added to the student experience?
  • How is this underpinned by current thinking in the literature?

Successful participants will be notified by email by Thursday 27th April 2017.

Should you wish to discuss your ideas before submitting a proposal please contact:
Dr Amanda Chapman (amanda.chapman@cumbria.ac.uk) ext: 2739
or Dr Ruth Mewis (ruth.mewis@cumbria.ac.uk) ext: 2616

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