Learning Technology

Annual Teaching and Learning conference #1 (Nottingham)

July 26th, 2019 at 02:07

Friday May 3rd 2019 saw colleagues from across the University come together for the annual Teaching and Learning conference on the theme of universal design. This yearly event is a great opportunity for the University community to share best practice and network with colleagues. This year over 250 attendees filled the large lecture theatre in the new (yet to be named) state-of-the-art and award-winning Teaching and Learning Building (see Endnote), making time to reflect about their teaching practice and future opportunities and challenges.

Welcoming participants, Professor Sarah O’Hara, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Education and Student Experience, invited participants to embrace the opportunity to share best practice and explore how the University teaching and learning agenda can be developed and moved forward. Sarah encouraged us to use the day to reflect, share and improve our practice and push the boundaries, with a view to ensuring that our students have the skills, resilience and creativity that they will need to succeed in their future lives.

Professor Sarah Speight, University Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor for Teaching and Learning announced the formation of the Education Excellence Team, merging the Quality Assurance and Quality Enhancement Teams. A new web site, where you can learn more about the team’s activities, has recently been launched.

Fiona McCulloughDr Tina Byrom and Dr Fiona McCullough gave an update about improvements to the Teaching and Learning Observation College. Dr McCullough showed a video of academic staff talking about changes to the Observation College. The initiative encourages teaching staff to enter into dialogue with colleagues. ‘Gradations of formality’ have been introduced so that observations can, if preferred, be carried out on a completely informal basis. An online service will be introduced in the next academic year that will bring together observers and observees, making it easier for colleagues to support one another. The service will send automated reminders that will prompt participants to reflect on previous observation sessions.

Did you attend the Teaching and Learning Conference? Did you attend a session that we have not talked about here? We would love to hear your feedback.


The new Teaching and Learning building includes:

  • a 306-seat lecture theatre with triple projection and a Windows Surface Hub (A03)
  • 16 classrooms with Windows Surface Hubs
  • a 50-seat computer lab equipped with Engineering-specification software (C17)
  • multiple individual and group study spaces (bookable by students)
  • an interactive seminar room with presenting screens (D08)
  • a learning lab with group-study Windows Surface Hubs (D02)
  • a state-of-the-art performance studio (B02)

A full list of rooms in the Teaching and Learning Building and the available technology may be found in the Teaching room equipment guide.


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