And so, finally, after all the organisation and committee work, the Teaching and Learning Conference at the University of Huddersfield happened on Monday the 13th September!
The first keynote speakers were Kathryn and Andy Penaluna from Swansea Metropolitan University. They talked about the need to challenge students from the beginning, the importance of curiosity and how creativity and problem solving skills can be found in almost all disciplines. They engaged everyone in understanding intellectual property rights by handing out jelly babies – a very popular and yummy activity (there was a serious point to make with the jelly babies of course, I’ll leave you to guess).
Students as producers
Challenging and engaging students were also themes in the second keynote by Paul Taylor who presented on how to engage undergraduates in research activities. It is all about teaching students how to be scientist – not just teaching them science. Paul highlighted the importance of viewing students as producers instead of students as consumers and to consider staff and students as engaged in a ‘common pursuit of knowledge’. Another key point was that the ideas that students produce in their assessment is going to waste if the only person that reads it is the marker. At Warwick University one outcome of the project was an undergraduate journal, Reinvention.
The whole event was captured in a graphic recording (see photo by Kelly Smith) by artist Nick Payne – a fantastic way to capture the ideas and conversations of a group of people.
This year the T&L conference had a twitter hashtag (#hudtlc10) and there was quite a bit of tweeting activity on the day. This year about 10 people actively tweeted and some non-attendees commented and followed the tweets. Next year, we aim for at least 30 tweeters and many more followers.
One delegate, Sue Folley has already reflected on being a delegate in her Ipark blog: