Monday, 5th July, 11am to 11:50am
This keynote will be a reflective pause for thought around the events of the last academic year. In a time of unprecedented challenge and change in higher education, this talk will explore lessons learned. It will ask questions such as ‘What should we keep doing that we didn’t do before?’ ‘What should we never go back to?’ And, ‘How can we make sure that we don’t return to practices that did not serve us well?’. We will consider how a period of enforced change has provided a new lens to view existing practices, bringing a new focus. We’ll take a tour of the practice landscape and consider issues relating to staff wellbeing, assessment, teaching, technology, learning spaces, partnership, organisational culture and professional development. We will contemplate how far we have travelled. Informed by reflections, work with students and colleagues, and a collaborative research project seeking to learn from the pandemic period, this talk will offer ideas of how we can move forward as individuals and as organisations.
Professor Lydia Arnold is Director of Education at Harper Adams University. Her interests are many and varied. She is currently leading an institutional curriculum review and a post-pandemic ‘assessment amnesty’, and she has institutional oversight of eLearning and academic staff development. She has a scholarly interest in assessment, action research, and auto-ethnographical methods (and much more!). Lydia is a National Teaching Fellow and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has a first degree in Education Studies & Geography with Mathematics and a Doctorate in Higher Education. Before working at Harper Adams, Lydia was based at Ultralab and latterly the Faculty of Education at Anglia Ruskin. Apart from being interested in all things educational and techie, she enjoys a loud live music, walking and baking! Connect through Twitter @LydiaJArnold or via her blog at lydiaarnold.net