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LALT Conference: Independent Learning

November 14

Independent Learning Conference

Wednesday 14th November 2018
Isaac Newton Building

Following on from last year’s well received LALT Showcase: Education in a Digital Age, we are pleased to announce the upcoming LALT Conference on the theme of independent learning.

Independent Learning Conference:

Open to all staff and students! The LALT Independent Learning Conference will showcase research, teaching practice and methods of supporting students with independent learning with contributors from across the LALT community here at the University of Lincoln.

There will be a whole host of activities ranging from drop-in and bookable sessions including a keynote from Prof. Liz Thomas, the #LALTCHAT Student & Staff Panel discussion and a presentation delivered by Microsoft. The drop in sessions range from: short presentations (lead by both student and academics) to hands on workshops (from academics and professional services).

Support desks will be provided by teams from: ICT Services, Digital Education and Student Life, Students’ Union (Academic Opportunities), Doctoral School, UROS (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Scheme), Lynda.com and the Library. Drop in and ask them any questions about tools and support available.

Free pizza and refreshments will be provided throughout the event!

Book to attend Prof. Liz Thomas’s Keynote, the #LALTCHAT panel discussion and/or a presentation by Microsoft via EventBrite here. 

Staff and Student Led – Presentations & Workshop:

Cassandre Balosso-Bardin & Joshua Holder-Browne
Title: Fostering Student Independent Research.

Yasmin Samuel – 2nd Year Sociology Undergraduate
Title: Student Research Project: Extra-Curricular Activity.

Professor Liz Thomas, Ben Walker, Dr. Emily McIntosh & Dave Lochtie
Title: Fostering Independence Through Effective Personal Tutoring.

Chang Ge 
Title: From Blackboard Design to Education 4.0 –  An Exploration on How Blackboard Features Can Promote Self-Directed Learning (SDL).

Ian Snowley,Liz Mallet & Faye Cleminson
Title: Information Literacy: Fostering Independent Learning.

Professor Liz Thomas
Keynote: Difference and Disparity: Understanding and Improving Students’ Perceptions and Experiences of Independent Learning in Higher Education

Chair: Professor Liz Thomas. Panel: Dr. Garry Wilson, Hanya Pielichaty, Tommy George, Glen Allison
Student- Staff Panel

Tracey White, Claire Phillips, Matt Graves & Richard Woodhead
Title: Independent Learning –  Making Learning Relevant: Connecting the Workplace and the Curriculum

Jasper Shotts
Title: Talis Aspire: New Perspectives.

Kamaran Fathulla 
Title: Student Learning and the Internet of Things.

Dr. Rob Dean
Title: Innovative Digital Marking Methods.

Alan Crawford
Title: Accessibility and Inclusion with Microsoft

Conference Theme:

“Published research and anecdotal evidence both highlight an increasing difference between A level study (often rigidly structured, didactic, and assessment focused) and University level study (students actively seeking out existing and creating new knowledge, its applications to real world problems). This poses serious problems for both new undergraduates and academic staff. Students who expect that university will be ‘School 2.0’ may feel dissatisfied with their education, and, as with all change, this may create stress that students (many of whom are living away from their families for the first time) may lack adequate coping necessary to deal with, leading to poor retention rates as students drop out, or negatively impacting the experience of students who remain in higher education. Even when students embrace the notion that their University career is all about the creation of new knowledge they may have to unlearn ideas that learning is a passive process about accumulating facts which are repeated in assessments. How do we help students to make the transition from these two radically different learning cultures?”

–Garry Wilson, Dean of LALT

Call for Papers/Contributions:

Thank you for all those who expressed an interest in contributing, we now have a selection of exciting workshops and presentations and call for contributions is now closed!

For any enquiries contact the conference organisers, Samantha Harnin and Maeve O’Dwyer.

LHERI IMPact Journal Contributions:

A special edition of the Lincoln Higher Education Research Institute Online Journal (IMPact) will feature work presented at the conference and we encourage colleagues to add their good practice to the LALT Blog Site and Resources Hub as appropriate.

Learning is integral to everything that we, staff and students alike, do at University. Share your good practice and research or just come along to pick up some top tips about how to enhance your learning.

For general queries please contact: lalt@lincoln.ac.uk


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University of Lincoln
Isaac Newton Building
University of Lincoln Campus, LN67TS


LALT Engagement Team
Digital Education & Student Life

For more information regarding events please email: lalt@lincoln.ac.uk