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The 2015 Learning and Teaching Conference focused this year on Enhancing Quality at Northampton: Initiatives and Perspectives on Teaching, Learning and Assessment. The conference was opened by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nick Petford and was then followed by an introductory keynote from Professor Rhona Sharpe from Oxford Brookes University, entitled ‘In defence of MOOCs: Rethinking Pedagogy for an Open, Digital Age’.

After an opportunity to look at and discuss the various URB@N projects for this year, the conference introduced the Cracker Barrel afternoon session – opportunities for groups of staff to discuss pedagogic initiatives over cheese and crackers before we were treated to short presentations from the winners of this years’ Student-Led Teaching Awards from the Student Union.


Keynote Abstract:

As quickly as the excitement for MOOCs began, the backlash is gaining pace. This talk stands in defence of openness as an opportunity to rethink pedagogy and will showcase imaginative learning designs. We will examine open, online learning through the eyes of learners and teachers, using their stories to examine aspects of open, online course design including learner participation, assessment and feedback, and team teaching. The talk will open the debate on the value of open academic practices for learners, staff and their institutions.

 

Watch Rhona Sharpe defend MOOCs in her Keynote Address

Hear from the winners of this years Student-Led Teaching Awards

Check out these conference highlights!