Teaching and Learning Conference 2016 - Developing the Birmingham graduate

Muirhead Tower
Tuesday 28 June 2016 (09:00-16:00)

University staff and students are encouraged to register early for this popular annual event.


This year’s Teaching and Learning Conference will be held on Tuesday 28 June 2016 in the Muirhead Tower and is being organised by the Teaching Academy at the University of Birmingham.

This year’s conference focuses on ‘Developing the Birmingham Graduate’ and is based on the eight attributes of the ‘Birmingham Graduate’ as underpinned in our Education Strategy 2015-20 (PDF - 174Kb). They describe qualities that underpin our institution’s values and culture, and will help prepare our students for unpredictable working environments with the confidence and self-belief to “make important things happen”.

The Conference sets out to describe the current and future landscape for Higher Education, and the case for the students’ learning experience to be more inter-connected, linked to personal development and employability through the Birmingham Graduate attributes. Practical, evidence-based examples will be presented to enhance your knowledge and teaching methods, including opportunities for discussion.

Keynote speaker Professor Andy Penaluna will offer national and international perspectives including how to measure attributes and skills; with Dr Alison James offering non-traditional ways to motivate and engage your students; covering content design and delivery, reflection and evaluation (that go beyond the dominance of writing). We also welcome Tom Harrison from the Jubilee Centre who will communicate why character matters, revealing theoretical and practical insights on how to build students’ character for individual and societal benefit.

Throughout the morning and afternoon, there will be plenty of opportunity to hear real experiences, involving practice in and outside of the classroom. Five workshops with topical themes will also be running, offering lots of ideas and inspiration to support your teaching.

Find out more about how you can participate either as a presenter, a facilitator or with a poster, further details are available on the Teaching Academy conference Canvas pages. The deadline for submissions is 16:00 on Friday 20 May 2016.

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