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Call for abstracts

The Call for Abstracts, for the Learning at City Conference is now open

Learning at City Conference 2021:

Teach to Inspire: Showcasing Good Practice in Higher Education

LEaD is pleased to open the Call for Abstracts, for the 11th Learning at City Conference, which takes place online on Wednesday 30th June and Thursday 1st July 2021 at City, University of London.

There is much discussion about teaching excellence with the introduction of the TEF however the key to this is teaching that inspires. Cohen & Jurkovic (1997) identify this is the most powerful component of learning and refer to terms such as inspiration, surprise, fun and creativity whereas others have focused on the magic and capturing the imagination of students (Harden & Crosby 2000 and James 2001).

The overall theme for the conference is Teach to Inspire: Showcasing good practice in higher education

Within this theme there are a range of sub-themes:
* Curriculum design and review
* Assessment design
* Learning and teaching approach
* Activities and strategies that support students through their programme

We invite you to submit a proposal to the conference to share your practice, innovations and pedagogic research.

This could involve:

  • Telling others how you have designed your programme to include creativity and inspiration
  • Sharing your innovative learning and teaching approaches and /or assessment practices that aid in student success and are fun and demonstrate the magic of learning.
  • Outlining creative activities and strategies that have inspired students.

We anticipate that this topical theme will provide excellent opportunities for discussion and, debate during the conference.

Proposals for papers and posters are invited which relate to the overall theme and at least one sub-theme.

There will be a maximum of 5 parallel sessions running so do think about which format might be most appropriate for you to present your work.

Papers (2 x 30 minute papers per session)

If you are providing a paper you should plan to share your paper for no more than 20 minutes and then have 10 minutes for questions. You should have some questions prepared for discussion in case participants do not ask any.

Workshops (60 minute sessions)

If you are providing a workshop then try to keep your overview to 20 minutes and then have around 30 minutes as activity including feedback and sharing and, permit 10 minutes for questions at the end.

Posters (Size should be A0)

Posters must be available for participants to view throughout the conference. There will also be a scheduled poster session in the programme so that you can discuss your posters with colleagues

Deadline for submissions

Proposals should be submitted via the Abstract Submission form. The closing date for abstracts is Wednesday 17th March 2021.

Criteria for acceptance of proposals

Each proposal will be reviewed for acceptance at the conference against the following criteria:

* Relevance to conference theme and sub-themes clearly stated;
* Clarity and coherence of the proposal;
* Evidence of relevance to others across the University and beyond;
* Contribution to development, enhancement and scholarship related to the theme.

In order to ensure there are as many contributors to the conference as possible, you can only be named as lead contact on ONE proposal and as a co-presenter on ONE other. If you are involved in more than one submission we will try to accommodate this in the timings of the event - but this may not always be possible

Feedback and guidance

Once the proposals have been peer reviewed feedback will be sent to applicants on Friday 23rd April 2021.

Cohen, S., & Jurkovic, J. (1997). Learning from a Masterpiece. Training and Development, 51(11), 66-70

Harden, R. M., & Crosby, J. (2000). AMEE Guide No 20: The good teacher is more than a lecturer – the twelve roles of the teacher. Medical Teacher, 22(4), 334–347

James, R. (2001). Management responses to changing student expectations, Quality of University Teaching (QUT), Vol. 24, September. In Students’ changing expectations of higher education and the consequences of mis-matches with the reality. Paper for OECD-IMHE Conference