Call For Proposals

Next Generation University Teaching: New Challenges and New Rewards

At its best, university teaching is a space for intellectual engagement, creativity and innovation. What could be more rewarding than the opportunity to engage with students who are the future generations of leaders, scholars, professionals, innovators and entrepreneurs? Yet, university teaching is facing new challenges: expectations from all major stakeholders are changing, new and contested ways of assessing teaching have been introduced, criticisms of the efficacy of teaching for different groups of students are growing, technologies are changing the traditional pedagogical relationship between students and tutors, and employers are challenging universities to better prepare graduates for the demands of the 4th Industrial Revolution and lifelong learning.

In this conference we will focus on the challenges and rewards of teaching in a contemporary university context. We are interested in exploring how we can support teaching to evolve to meet the changing needs of stakeholders while retaining intellectual and pedagogical rewards for teachers. At its heart, great teaching is personal and relational; as Maxine Greene put it “Part of Teaching is helping people create themselves”. It is timely, therefore, to focus on the needs of teachers and on teacher satisfaction as a pre-curser to optimal student learning and satisfaction.

Call for proposals:

We welcome submissions of proposals for short papers or poster presentations. Proposals must be submitted to hefi@contacts.bham.ac.uk using this form by 5pm on 28th February 2020

The call for proposals for HEFi20 is open to internal and external colleagues interested in exploring the challenges and rewards of teaching in a contemporary university. Within the conference theme, we welcome submissions that seek to tackle the following challenges:

  • Reclaiming the teaching space. How can we respond to the changing expectations of stakeholders whilst retaining the unique experience of teaching and learning in a higher education context?
  • Tackling inequalities. How do we ensure that teaching is optimal for all students and staff?
  • Disrupting the curriculum. How can we challenge traditional curriculum structures to support creativity and innovation in teaching and learning?
  • Future of the university. How should we position ourselves to ensure that next generation university teaching will meet the challenges of the 4th Industrial Revolution and the lifelong learning agenda?

Presentation formats:

  • Paper presentation (10 minutes plus 4mins for questions)
  • Poster

Presentations must:

  • draw on relevant experience and wider research
  • be self-contained and crafted for maximum audience learning
  • include a conclusion with ‘implications for practice’
  • be designed to last no longer than 10 minutes

Posters must:

  • draw on relevant experience and wider research
  • be self-contained and self-explanatory
  • be presented on either A1 or A0 size paper