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Excellence in Learning and Teaching Conference – Thursday 27th June 2013

This year’s conference took place on Thursday 27th June 2013. With the 2012 conference having been our most successful up to that point, we had plans to make 2013 even better. As a result of the feedback from the 2012 conference, this year had a slightly different format with more time available for discussion.

Videos have now been added to the site of the keynotes and presentation sessions (access them from their pages on the Programme menu above), and the Opening and closing plenaries are shown below. Click the links to view the sessions.

SALT Opening Plenary and welcome: Professor Alan Speight – PVC Student Experience

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SALT Closing Plenary and Excellence in Learning and Teaching / Student Support Awards: Jane Thomas – SALT Director

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Keynote Speakers

Dr. Rhona Sharpe

Rhona SharpeDr Rhona Sharpe is Head of the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development and Deputy Director of the Directorate of Human Resources at Oxford Brookes University. She was awarded an HEA National Teaching Fellowship in 2012.

Dr. Sharpe’s started as a psychology lecturer but it was her own experience in 1995 on The Open University’s teaching and learning online course that began her interest in online learning. She now shares her enthusiasm through a suite of courses for higher and further education staff. Dr. Sharpe’s approach to developments in online education, from the perspective of new advancements in technology, is to highlight the voice and experience of the learner.

Dr. Sharpe has project directed a number of JISC learner experience projects which have received great interest and national recognition across both the further and higher education sector, in pioneering innovative research methods and techniques for eliciting students’ expectations and experiences of using technology in their learning. Dr Sharpe is also Co-editor of the journal Research in Learning Technology.

Dr. Sharpe has also demonstrated that social networking can extend the reach of collaborative learning beyond course structures and can create looser networks of connected professionals. This work culminated in the creation of ELESIG – an online community of over 1,000 researchers to jointly help evaluate learners’ experiences of online working.

Professor Sean Mackney

Sean MackneyProfessor Mackney is Senior Deputy Chief Executive at the Higher Education Academy and is Honorary Professor of SALT and is part of the SALT Strategy Board.

He joined the Higher Education Academy in 2007 as Deputy Chief Executive, with responsibility for policy, strategy, work across the four nations of the UK and relations with the academy’s principal funders. Prior to joining the academy, Professor Mackney was the Head of Learning and Teaching at the Higher Education Funding Council for England. Before that, he led the secretariat of the Higher Education Regional Development Association for the South-West and held a number of positions working with universities in Manchester. His first job in Higher Education was supporting students working in partnership with staff to develop innovation in learning and teaching.