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Medway Learning & Teaching Conference - 26th June 2024

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About our conference

The annual Medway Learning and Teaching conference is jointly organised by the Universities of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church and Greenwich, who share the Medway campus. The conference aims to share, celebrate, and promote best practice across the Medway campus.

This year the conference will be held on Wednesday, 26th June 2024 on the Medway campus. It is free and welcomes all staff and students from the three universities and their partner institutions, and local education providers to attend in-person. Presenters who cannot come to the campus on the day will be supported to present online and all sessions will be recorded.  If you register to attend the conference, then you will have access to the recordings.  Free refreshments and a light lunch will be provided on the day.

 

Submit Proposal for ML&T 2024

The Conference Programme for ML&T 2024
The full programme will be made available from Monday, 10th June 2024 and will be downloadable from this page.

Our Keynote Speaker: Dr Martin Compton

“AI: Crossing the beams of artificial intelligence, academic integrity and assessment innovation”.  Dr Martin Compton

About Martin

Martin is College Lead for AI and Innovation in Education and Programme, Module & Assessment Design Lead at King’s College London.

He has been an educator for over 30 years, affording him ample time to realise that it takes a lifetime of teaching to get the hang of it.  In that time, he has had the privilege of teaching children, young people and adults.  His teaching has spanned secondary schools, international schools, further education colleges and universities both in the UK and overseas.  Having spent a number of years at the University of Greenwich and then UCL, in July 2023 he took up a post at King’s College London where he was employed to lead on curriculum and assessment design but as it turned out he has spent most of his time looking at ways in which the opportunities and threats of AI will necessitate changes to pedagogy, assessment and feedback practices across higher education.  His role as College Lead for AI in Education gives him the opportunity to help colleagues reflect on, critique and reimagine teaching and assessment design and other ways of elevating a ‘freedom to learn’ philosophy.

Conference Theme

Courage, Compassion & Trust:  Helping students see the value of Higher Education.

These are challenging times and Higher Education (HE) is feeling the pressure. We need to show that HE provision is still valid, current and an excellent way to build skills and knowledge for a productive and successful future. Two genuinely unique contributions that HE brings to education are, one, a ‘way of thinking’ , which broadly defined – it trains you to think and be a certain way in the world (variously packaged as critical thinking/ reflexive thinking/ independent learning/ lifelong learning, depending on context and emphasis). Two, it offers access to expertise from a range of disciplines and promotes an understanding of the interconnectedness and relativity of knowledge, which in itself promotes compassion. Our theme calls for ideas and inspirations for shaping minds, shaping communities, and critical thinking for compassion and empathy. Your proposals might cover any of the following:

  • Building communities of learning beyond the university.  This might be your experience of expanding outreach to local colleges and sixth forms. Ways in which you can inspire young people to study beyond school. How to do this differently/more effectively, considering the underfunding of FE colleges nationally, but particularly locally.
  • Finding new and courageous approaches to areas such as academic integrity.  Advocate for an educative rather than a punitive approach and showcase what good academic practice is and why we should aspire to it. Avoid visiting epistemic injustice on our staff and students.
  • Avoiding moral panic around Generative AI.  AI has the power to aid higher education and employers are increasingly going to expect graduates to be comfortable and trained to use AI efficiently and ethically. Take the focus away from fears of students cheating and more on how it can be used for educational development.
  • Challenging the ‘bare minimum’ narrative.  Inspiring students through challenging curriculum to think beyond their subject boundaries – teaching using growth mindset techniques.
  • Active use of learning development to promote compassion within the University. E.g., challenging ‘they should already know that’ attitudes to (particularly) assessment literacy e.g., being able to write an essay. This is where generative AI could be used in a helpful way, as many second-career academics don’t have these writing/ research skills themselves, or the time/support to develop them.
  • Actively building knowledge networks with cohorts. Teaching with methodologies that promote social cohesion, and providing the space and timetabled hours to do so. Building a strong argument for reducing ‘independent learning time’ in modules, which students read as ‘time to go and do the housework/pick up the kids/earn’ and facilitating them being on campus, working together, facilitated by tutors. This might be through a collaborative approach with lecturers, learning development teams, library staff, and student support forming integrated teaching teams to learn how to learn together.
  • Making space in PSRB curriculums for humanities-based approaches to science education.  E.g., interdisciplinarity in health-care, education, nursing, humanities, social sciences, etc.
  • Advocate for how critical thinking skills promote empathy and compassion.  E.g., through the normalisation of multiple perspectives (this is usually achieved through clinical supervision in nursing), but alternative approaches such as literature based approaches would be a really exciting and novel way to explore increasing reflection and empathy in clinical trainees).
  • Bringing communities on board with Higher Education.  With students increasingly choosing not to go to university at 18 this is an interesting opportunity to explore what we can do to encourage them to have more trust in higher education and what new and courageous approaches we can take.

Other ideas relating to the theme are welcome.

 

Proposal Formats at ML&T

Paper Presentation/Discussion Paper (20 minutes with 5 minutes for questions): A traditional conference presentation for sharing ideas with the audience. This can be about a research project (whether complete or in progress) or an example of a teaching practice you wish to share. We encourage staff presenting about their practice to consider co-presenting with students or with colleagues from other disciplines. Discussion papers are best suited for complex presentations that involve multiple innovations or ideas. There should be clear implications for practice and/or areas of critical debate, inviting participants to engage with your findings and ideas.

Case studies (20 minutes with 5 minutes for questions): Case studies can be compelling stories on inclusive education practices based on real-world experiences with implications of wider practice. They can illustrate, describe, explore, analyse, reflect on, or challenge approaches or practices on inclusive education carried out to address a specific problem in a particular context. Additionally, they should describe the challenges experienced and how these were addressed, reflect on the experience, what could have been improved, describe why the case study may be of importance to the delegates and how particular principles and methods can be applied in teaching practice.

Workshops (40 minutes with 10 minutes for questions): Interactive sessions based on engaging the audience with a key idea, practice, tool, or research outcome. Workshop facilitators may utilise their own practice, research or scholarship as a basis for the workshop. Your proposal must outline how you intend to encourage interactive participation in your session (e.g., through specific activities).

Showcase/Panel Discussion (30 minutes with 5 minutes for questions): Discussion sessions featuring a group of colleagues (around 2-5) from the same or different programme or school. These informal sessions will share a variety of practices (e.g., technology use, exemplary practice, etc.) with an emphasis on how they connect. We encourage staff presenting about their practice to consider co-presenting with students.

Lightning talks (7 minutes and 3 minutes for questions): A short presentation on a topic of your choice. This can be about some research (particularly in progress), new ideas or sharing expertise in a quick, insightful, and easily digestible format.

Proposals will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Contribution to the conference theme
  • Clarity and coherence of the proposal, including the problem or question addressed, and findings or solutions offered
  • Theory and/or evidence suggesting the effectiveness of highlighted practices, solutions or findings or quality of reflections on lessons learned
  • Likely value to a range of participants across contexts, fields, disciplines.

 

Submit Proposal for ML&T 2024

 

Proposals’ submission

The deadline for proposals is 2pm, Monday, 29th April.

If you have any queries, please contact us via LTE-ADMIN@canterbury.ac.uk

 

Key Dates

Registration opens14 March 2024
Proposal submission opens14 March 2024
Proposal submission deadline29 April 2024
Feedback on proposals24 May 2024
Registration closes14 June 2024
Conference26 June 2024

The Conference Programme

The full programme will be made available from Monday 10th June, and will be downloadable from this page.

Registration

Registrations to attend the conference will open from Thursday 14th March and close on Friday 14th June.

If you are a presenter please also register so that we know how many are attending for room capacities and arrange sufficient refreshments.

 

Further Information

General enquiries: LTE-ADMIN@canterbury.ac.uk

Privacy Notice

When you register for the conference, we process information about who you are and your contact details; information that you provide on adjustments that may need to be made to enable you to attend and your dietary requirements. This information will be used by relevant employees at the Universities of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church and Greenwich to manage your attendance and participation at the Medway Learning & Teaching Conference 2024 and enable you to provide your feedback afterwards. The data that you provide will be held by the Canterbury Christ Church University for a period of 5 years and will not be shared with third parties. Further information about the Canterbury Christ Church University’s approach to data protection and to your rights can be found here.