In times of change learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.

Shaping academic practice for the new decade.

This annual conference, co-hosted by UCL, LSE and Imperial College, will feature a variety of  presentations comprising case studies, field reports and keynote speakers. It will explore whether the relationship between academic practice and technology needs to change for the 2020s and how digitally enhanced learning can contribute to some of the biggest challenges facing higher and further education. Through consultation with conference participants last year, our proposed topics are designing and developing inclusive practice; developing programme design that fosters a relevant and valuable student experience and equips students for a sustainable future; creative and authentic feedback and assessment; and  how we can step up to meet the challenges of a sustainable future. In the light of the Covid-19 pandemic, we add a further pressing topic - how we can step up to meet the challenges of teaching, learning and assessment in times of disruption (at speed and in social isolation).

Educators are asking critical questions – How can we design experiences to enable all our students to thrive in a world that is increasingly shaped by inequality and ignorance? Where can technology really add value to learning, especially in times of disruption?

The five conference sub-themes invite participants to critically reflect on and evaluate their experience and plans. They invite educators to critically explore ways in which they are developing their practice using technology. Through a range of online presentation formats, the event will showcase and celebrate examples of academic practice that can inspire academic and professional services staff.

The conference is co-hosted by LSE, Imperial College London and University College London (UCL). It will take place on Monday 6th July 2020 and feature parallel sessions of presentations, case studies, field reports and keynote speakers.

Download the call for papers. Deadline for submission is Friday 15th May 2020

[1] Ascribed to Eric Hoffer; exact reference unknown