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Pedagogic Research Conference

The ninth annual Pedagogic Research Conference takes place online and in person on Thursday 18 January 2024. The theme for the 2024 conference is 'Technology and AI in Learning and Teaching'.

Following on from an explosion in the use of digital tools for teaching in response to the pandemic, generative AI and machine learning have recently received a lot of attention across the HE sector as both a risk to academic integrity and an exciting new tool for enhancing teaching and learning. Technology and digital tools are now at the forefront of learning and teaching development and an exciting area to explore in terms of pedagogic research.

Exploring this theme in terms of pedagogic research, this year's conference provides an exciting opportunity to collaborate, build networks and share emerging scholarship with peers from across the institution and beyond.

Conference registration

Conference registration is now open. The conference will be hosted in 126 Mount Pleasant and we hope to see many of you there in person this year.

We will be running the conference in a hybrid format, so do let us know when you book whether you will join us in person or online.

Keynote with Sue Beckingham and Peter Hartley

Reshaping Higher Education Learning, Teaching and Assessment through Generative Artificial Intelligence: What do we need to know, do, and be concerned about?

Sue Beckingham is an Associate Professor (Learning and Teaching), a National Teaching Fellow, Principal Lecturer in Digital Analytics and Technologies, and a Learning and Teaching Portfolio Lead at Sheffield Hallam University. Her research interests include social media for learning and digital identity, groupwork, and the use of technology to enhance learning and teaching. She is also a co-founder of the international #LTHEchat 'Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Twitter Chat', the Social Media for Learning in HE Conference Twitter account, and a member of the team organising the award winning National Teaching Repository.

Professor Peter Hartley is a freelance higher education consultant, and visiting professor at Edge Hill University, following previous roles as Professor of Education Development and Head of the Educational Development unit at University of Bradford, and Professor of Communication at Sheffield Hallam University.

As a National Teaching Fellow since 2000, he has promoted new technology in education, including the publication of award-winning software. He led influential development projects for HEA and Jisc and was involved in other national initiatives (e.g. CETLs) covering themes including institutional online and assessment strategies. He is also a member of the team organising the award-winning National Teaching Repository and the team developing the SEDA/Jisc Student Partnership Impact Award.

Since November 2022, Peter and Sue have collaborated to develop resources on ChatGPT and similar Generative AI applications. This has included conference keynote sessions, online workshops and a series of webinars for SEDA.

Spotlight talk – Lissy Yu Wang (XJTLU)

Lissy Yu Wang

Yu Wang, also known as Lissy, is the Deputy Director, Educational Developer, and Assistant Professor of Practice at the Educational Development Unit (EDU) of the Academy of Future Education at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU). Lissy plays a critical role in shaping the pedagogical development of the institution, as she holds the responsibility of being the module leader for the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education (PGCert) 402 Pedagogic Research to Enhance Professional Practice. Lissy spearheads several initiatives, including the Research-led Teaching and Learning Story Collection, EDU Podcast, and Project-based Learning and Supervisor Communities of Practice. She is particularly interested in topics such as students as partners, project-based learning, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and student engagement.

In this keynote presentation, I will provide an in-depth case study on the evolution and sustainable growth of teacher professional development at a transnational university in China, predominantly focusing on Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU). The main emphasis will be on the development of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and pedagogical research. It will chart the journey beginning from the alterations made in the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning (PGCert), culminating to the recent initiation of the Pedagogical Publishing Support Program over the past three years. This examination will offer holistic insights into the driving forces behind these changes, the opportunities harnessed, past and prospective challenges, and the consequent actions taken. Central to this discourse is the concept of 'co-creation', encapsulating the joint motivation of educational developers and staff from divergent roles and expectations to establish a people-centered development pathway. This presentation will shed light on how commitment to shared objectives can foster sustainable educational development in a transnational context.

Workshop: Writer’s Corner—Curating the humanity within the teaching self—pottering with playfulness (living and telling OUR stories)

Writing workshop facilitated by David Higgins (UoL) and Trudie Murray (MTU)

Full Conference Programme

Download a conference programme overview here: Pedagogic Research Conference 2024 Programme Overview

Download the full conference programme here: Pedagogic Research Conference 2024 Full Programme


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