Keynote Speaker at Learning & Teaching Conference 2017

Date: 16 May 2017, 9:00-17:00

Venue: King’s Park Conference Centre, Kings Park Road, Northampton NN3 6LL

Theme: Waterside in the time of the TEF

Keynote 1: The view from 2023, given by Peter Hartley and Mark Schofield


Peter Hartley is now Higher Education Consultant, and Visiting Professor at Edge Hill University, following previous roles as Professor of Education Development at Bradford and Professor of Communication at Sheffield Hallam. As National Teaching Fellow since 2000, he has promoted new technology in education, including the development of award-winning software. He led influential development projects for HEA and Jisc was involved in other national initiatives (e.g. CETLs) covering a range of themes, including institutional online and assessment strategies. His current involvement with national educational organisations includes roles with SEDA and ELESIG Scotland. Recent/ongoing consultancy includes work on coaching/CPD initiatives, institutional strategies for learning spaces, and assessment (usually involving approaches from the PASS project at Bradford on programme-focused assessment).Current interests also include concept mapping and visual thinking, and developments in human communication and online interaction (e.g. second edition of Business Communication, Routledge, 2015).

Mark Schofield is Professor of Learning and Teaching at Edge Hill University where he is Dean of Teaching and Learning Development, Director of the Centre for Learning and Teaching and Academic Director of the SOLSTICE Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. He is U.K Director of the University’s Confucius Institute and has held Visiting Professorships at the University of Northampton, Leeds Beckett University, Hunan First Normal University, Chongqing Normal University (China) and became a Senior Fellow in Educational Development at the University of Windsor, Canada in 2009. He was awarded the National Teaching Fellowship in 2011. He leads on strategy and policy development in teaching, learning, assessment and associated research. His interests include constructivism, complex problem-solving, curriculum design and active learning in terrestrial and cyberspace environments. He was recently selected as a TEF Assessor.


Thanks to some ground-breaking innovation in the technology of chronologically-adaptive sub-atomic physics, the University has obtained a copy of the opening keynote from our conference in the year 2023. This keynote will be delivered according to the to-be-published abstract as follows:

This session will celebrate our fifth year of residency at the Waterside Campus in the newly-developed Museum of Educational Artifice and Design (known currently as the Sunley Conference Centre).

This year (i.e. 2023), the University commissioned a review of our progress from two internationally recognized experts in educational and curriculum development. In this session, they will comment on a range of issues which will be of critical importance to our commitment to the enhancement of the student experience (and are likely to be prominent indicators in the 17th revision of TEF which is expected to be announced later this summer).

Issues covered in the session will include:

  • How the University has finally resolved the developmental nature of assessment and assessment feedback.
  • Moving from VLE to PLE (and the implications for both staff and student development).
  • Encouraging innovation and creativity in boundary-less teaching rooms (implications for pedagogy, architecture, and technology).
  • Student engagement in the ‘extended course’ (from pre-application to post-alumni) and the implications for university services and organisation.
  • Responding to the external environment (e.g. in the wake of political turmoil such as ‘Johnson-gate’ and new competitive initiatives such as the Dyson University.

As is now the norm for all community gatherings at the University, delegates should bring at least one connected device.

Keynote 2: TEL and the TEF: Does Technology promote excellence? Simon Sneddon, Faculty of Business and Law, University of Northampton


The idea that we are moving to a more technologically-aware era of learning and teaching is, by now, well-established. More lecturers will say, if asked, that there is far more tech being used today than there was “in their day.” Some will paint this as a wonderful, shining example of a fully-connected future society, and others will point to disturbed sleep patterns, shorter attention spans, and an inability to communicate in person.

The Teaching Excellence Framework aims to recognise and reward excellent learning and teaching and, regardless of the views of some organisations and people about the need for, or design of, the TEF, it will be the measure used to assess Universities for the foreseeable future.

This session will explore the extent to which the use of, and reliance on, technology drives excellence in learning and teaching, and whether, in fact, excellence in learning and teaching drives the evolution of technology.

Issues which will be covered include:

  • What do we mean by technology?
  • Can you have technology-free innovation and creativity  in learning and teaching?
  • What do we mean by excellence?
  • Should we be emphasising Appropriate Technology Enhanced Learning?