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Festival of Learning 2020 Theme Launched

This year's Festival will explore active collaborative learning and it's ability to enhance students' learning experiences.

TILT has launched the call for contributions and theme of the upcoming Festival of Learning 2020! The annual event showcases innovative practice in learning and teaching here at NTU and beyond with a wide selection of sessions and keynotes. This year’s theme is Active Collaborative Learning and builds on sector-leading course enhancement work at NTU.

Active collaborative learning involves students working together towards shared learning goals, collaborating in small and large groups inside and outside the classroom and online. Strategic adoption of ACL approaches — including but not limited to SCALE-UP — has transformed learning and teaching at NTU, and this year’s Festival will explore how we as a scholarly community can further enhance ACL and enrich students’ learning experiences.

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The first keynote of the day has also been announced and is NTU’s-own Jane McNeil, who led the UK’s first institutional multi-disciplinary SCALE-UP project, a form of active learning. More recently, Jane headed an inter-university initiative funded by the Office for Students, which found that active collaborative learning benefits all students, and is associated with reducing and, in some cases, closing gaps in student engagement, attendance, attainment and continuation. A second keynote will be announced soon.

Within the general theme of the Festival, TILT welcomes proposals of up to 45 minutes. The more that sessions embed the principles of active collaborative learning, the better! The Festival is open to all, of which there is no charge.

For more information on the criteria and to submit, please go to our submissions Form. The deadline for such is 20th March. For those interested in attending, please head to our registration page. Our Festival webpage also hosts more information, and be sure to follow the conversation on Twitter using #FoL20.

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