Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Conference 2017 - Beyond Boundaries - 15-16 June 2017

Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Conference 2017 - Beyond Boundaries - 15-16 June 2017

Call for papers

In the contemporary changing and challenging Higher Education landscape, this year’s Learning, Teaching, and Student Experience Conference at Worcester aims to explore some of the exciting possibilities created by working across and beyond boundaries. We are looking to engage in discussion and debate about the potential that emerges when we reach across or dissolve the boundaries between: disciplines and departments, spaces, places and stages of learning, virtual and physical learning environments, students and staff, teaching and research, or between the ivory towers of academia and the wider world beyond the university. How can and have we worked together? How do connections with local, regional, national or international partners and networks inspire us to improve the student experience?

The Conference will include a panel discussion on breaking boundaries and keynote lectures including: 

Professor Debby Cotton - Head of Educational Development in the Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory at Plymouth University, discussing:

Beyond boundaries: Enhancing the student experience using pedagogic research

Professor Richard Hall,Co-Director, Institute for Education Futures. De Montfort University.

Against boundaries: Dismantling the Curriculum in Higher Education

We invite proposals which showcase instances of practice that has worked for others can try and contributions that encourage debate, discussion and aspiration from those who work and study at the University of Worcester, partner colleges and beyond which address one of the conference’s six strands:
  • Flexible learning (including new media technologies, part time study, distance learning, different types and times and styles of learning)
  • Transitions (induction, between years/ levels, from under to postgrad, careers)
  • Partnerships (i.e. with students – with communities with other college other institutions in the sector)
  • Research inspired learning
  • Enhancing the student experience
  • Student wellbeing (including mental health, sexual violence)

Abstract proposals should be submitted using the Google form and be no more than 250 words. You are invited to submit an abstract to be presented in one of the following formats:

  • Ignite format – no more than 20 slides delivered in a short (max 5 minutes) session with Q&A at the end of the session. See www.ignitetalks.io for more information
  • Oral presentation – a presentation of no more than 15 minutes in duration with an additional 5 minutes for Q&A
  • Workshop session – an interactive session of no more than 30 minutes in duration
  • Panel session - no more than 60 minutes in duration. Panel proposals must include a brief description and rationale for the panel, supported by between 2 and 4 short abstracts
  • Poster – specific guidance on the final layout and formatting will be provided upon notification of acceptance

Although the conference committee aims to accommodate as many applications as possible, this is a selective process and spaces are limited. Where space is very limited in a particular strand, applicants may be asked to present in a different format to their original submission.

Proposals will be reviewed and applicants contacted during the week beginning 1 May 2017.

You will also need to register to attend the event in order to contribute to the conference; further information will be sent out in due course.

Criteria for acceptance

In order to be selected for the conference, your proposed contribution will need to:

  • Have clear relevance to the overall conference title and agenda
  • Clearly fit within the specific strand you have selected
  • Be written with clarity so that the content is easily understood by the review panel and by conference delegates
  • Be of interest to conference delegates through describing practice or research from which others might learn
  • Ensure accuracy of citations, where these are used

The closing date for submissions to the conference is Monday 10 April 2017. Submissions received after this date will not be accepted.

For further information please contact ltconference@worc.ac.uk