Celebrating enquiry and innovation in teaching: Learning and teaching forum at the University of Edinburgh

Here at the Institute for Academic Development (IAD) we’re busy preparing for the Learning and Teaching Forum on June 10th.  This is our annual celebration of the Principal’s Teaching Award Scheme (PTAS).

You can find info about last year’s (very successful) event here.

We’re happy to announce that our keynote speakers for 2014 will be Dr Cathy Bovill, University of Glasgow and Professor Mark Huxham, Edinburgh Napier University.
• Drawing on her research and practice in co-creating curricula with students, Cathy’s talk will be entitled ‘Co-creation of learning and teaching: background, evidence and strategies for success.’
• Mark will be sharing some of his experiences of discovering where power should (and perhaps should not…) be shared with student partners.  As a challenge to seeing teaching as a form of engineering, he suggests the more organic metaphor, inspired by mountaineering, of natural lines: ‘From constructive alignment to natural lines – learning to share control in education.’

Once again, we have a diverse range of presenters who will be showcasing their research and reporting their findings:

Professor Susan Rhind will present ‘Where Art Meets Science,’ about a collaborative project between the veterinary school and Edinburgh College of Art.
Dr. Jeremy Kidwell will pose the question “To blog or not to blog?” and will share some of his experience of using blogs in teaching Divinity.
Dr. David Hope and his colleagues will discuss “Developing satisfying and effective feedback for medical students.”
Jo-Anne Murray’s presentation is entitled “Lecturer in your lounge” and will look at providing digital feedback to distance education students using screencasting.
• Dr David Salter and colleagues will share their learning from creating and growing a community (both online and F2F) for English literature students.
• Dr. Judy Hardy will present a comparative study of home and international students’ expectations and achievements in sciences, maths and engineering disciplines.

This year, alongside keynote speakers and presentations from PTAS award-holders, we will also be highlighting the work of IAD secondees.  These are colleagues from different parts of the University who come into the IAD on a part-time basis to work on learning and teaching enhancement projects.  Daphne Loads will be presenting the findings from a recent research project into internal secondment.

We hope that colleagues form the University of Edinburgh will join us for a day of inspiring keynotes, presentations and discussions on enquiry and innovation in the enhancement of teaching and learning at our University.  Booking is via MyEd.

If you are not a member of the University of Edinburgh, and would like to attend, please contact Daphne Loads (daphne.loads@ed.ac.uk) for more information.


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