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St Mary’s Festival of Learning and Teaching

Tuesday 23rd - Wednesday 24th June 2020
Online event

Our Festival offers a valuable opportunity for colleagues to come together, discuss the challenges of transitioning to online learning, and explore good practice with each other within our overarching theme of student co-creation.

The Festival is being held over two days, and we are warmly welcoming colleagues from St Mary's and other institutions to take a break from their busy schedules and find time to reflect on their practices in a supportive environment. Events throughout the Festival will be scheduled to allow ample breaks from our screens and online 'social spaces' for informal dialogue.

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Submit a proposal

If you would like to submit a proposal, please see our full call for papers and complete our submission form.

Please note: the deadline for submission of proposals is Friday 22nd May 2020.

Submit your proposal

“Co-creation of learning and teaching occurs when staff and students work collaboratively with one another to create components of curricula and/or pedagogical approaches”
(Bovill et al., 2016: p.196)

The one thing to look forward to in this period is a burst of online creativity and innovation, much of it by the young. It is unlikely to be led by traditional universities who see their survival in merely “keeping the business going with online courses”.
(Johnson, 2020)

A rapid and widespread shift to online teaching has occurred throughout the higher education sector due to the coronavirus crisis. The rate and extent of this change requires students and staff to rapidly adapt to different pedagogical approaches and overcome challenges in delivering teaching sessions, designing assessments, and supporting students through tutorials. In this new and challenging environment, it is more important than ever to ensure that students have the opportunity to co-create their online learning experiences. Co-creation also provides a way to enhance student engagement, motivate students, overcome traditional teacher-learner relationships, and enhance students’ academic literacies (Bovill and Woolmer, 2019): outcomes that can both facilitate and support technology-led delivery of learning and assessment. In these challenging times, our Festival provides an opportunity to share best practice in student co-creation in the new and uncertain landscape of widespread online teaching. Underpinning this is St Mary’s commitment to inclusive learning and teaching practice. We will celebrate student and staff achievement in online learning and teaching, sharing our successes and understanding our challenges. We invite colleagues to share their experiences of co-creating online learning and teaching through flexible online workshops, discussion forums and best-practice showcases.

We are keen to welcome submissions from students, academics, student support and professional services colleagues. Please ensure that you refer clearly to the overarching Festival theme of inclusive co-creation in online learning and teaching. Student participation is keenly welcomed and we are strongly encouraging joint student-staff submissions. We also encourage innovative use of technology to support student engagement. Proposals for the Festival may focus on one or more of the following topics, although creativity is encouraged in your submission to explore other topics of relevance:

  • Technology-enhanced approaches to co-creation
  • Student-staff co-creating online curricula and/or assessment
  • Co-creating quality enhancement
  • Co-creating online learning and career opportunities with alumni
  • Widening engagement in co-creation activities
  • Co-creating opportunities between professional services and students

We welcome submissions in the following formats:

  • Poster with or without audio commentary (will be posted on Moodle)
  • Presentation (10 mins + 20 mins discussion).
  • Webinar (1-hour interactive session).
  • Roundtable discussion – propose a topic.
  • Reading group – propose reading in advance.

Please note: all sessions will be hosted online. It is likely that the platform(s) used will enable video conferencing, text chat, and document/file and screen sharing.

Timeline for submissions

  • Submission of proposals: Friday 22nd May 2020
  • Feedback and decisions: No later than Monday 1st June 2020


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Tuesday 23rd - Wednesday 24th June 2020
Online event

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