What is the Festival of Learning?
The Festival of Learning takes place annually on one of our campuses and is open to internal and external colleagues. The objective of the Festival is to come together as a community and share innovation in practice.
Since its inception, the Festival has been a vibrant event with educators drawn from across the country engaging in discussions on key, contemporary debates in Learning and Teaching in the Higher Education sector.
The Festival is held as a conference and hosts at least one keynote speaker with an expertise in the year’s chosen Scholarship of Teaching and Learning theme and offers a variety of sessions that delegates can select according to their interests. The Festival aims to be a friendly and inclusive space where ideas can be shared, discussed and challenged in an effort to enhance the theories and practices of learning and teaching.
Previous Festival session highlights include:
- An engaging session by Dr. David Hindley on how to use blogging as an assessment practice tool. Browse David’s Edublog. This session challenged the orthodoxy of traditional assessments, encouraging academics to take risks and to bring experimentation to bear on assessment practices.
- James Leinster explored: ‘Taking students on a journey: Visualising the lesson plan to follow’, central to which were creative methods expertly deployed to enhance student engagement and tools academics could use to develop their practice.
- ‘Getting started with publishing about learning and teaching practice’ by Professor Sally Brown.
As TILT’s core mission is to support excellence in learning and teaching by promoting innovative learning and teaching practice(s) at NTU and in the sector, the Festival offers the perfect opportunity to achieve these goals by bringing together colleagues from across the sector who are passionate about ‘making learning better.’