ILLUMINATE – Anglia Ruskin’s 11th Annual Learning and Teaching Conference

Dr. Bill Rankin taking Q&A at the opening keynote

So yesterday I had the privilege of attending Anglia Rusking for the first time in my degree. It was for a conference regarding:

Sharing and disseminating information.
The conference includes two opportunities for you to participate in presentations and workshops on pedagogic projects undertaken by our colleagues. Many of these are the outcomes of work undertaken from current and past Learning and Teaching Projects.

Learning new things.
Throughout the day, and particularly during the lunch period and at the Conference Reception, there will be the opportunity to learn about and experience some innovative ideas that you can try for yourself. They include:

  • Library learning support resources
  • Assistive technologies for marking students’ work and giving feedback
  • Glo Maker – for developing adaptive multimedia learning resources
  • Using Turnitin for preventing plagiarism
  • Using mobile technologies.

In addition, delegates will be given the use of an Apple iPod touch for the day!  Conference information will be available on the iTouches, and there will be help for those of us who have yet to come to terms with this up to the minute technology!

Vice Chancellor’s address.
Our Vice Chancellor, Professor Mike Thorne, will give a keynote address in which he will focus on some of our strategic learning and teaching objectives for the coming year. This will be followed by round table discussions on the issues raised.

Announcement of Teaching Fellowship Awards and Learning and Teaching Projects.
For an exciting finale, we shall be presenting our new University Teaching Fellows, and will announce the successful applicants to our Learning and Teaching Project fun

It was a very enjoyable event with an inspired opening to the event by Dr. Bill Rankin on  ‘Next-Wave Mobility and the Three Ages of Information’ which looked at the development of learning materials from the Scroll to the iPad and beyond towards full interactive e-books for the future.

Next up was ‘Formative Assessment using Web 2.0 technology (blogging) to support students with Asperger’s syndrome undertaking their dissertation proposal’ another inspiring session that showed results of using blogging with Aspergic students.

The second session of the day was ‘New VLE – “same old, same old” – or new opportunities?’ which looked at the development of Anglia’s VLE system in hierarchical format of the different systems being used to create the environment.

All in all the event was mainly focused on staff from the University, but it was something that I was able to draw inspiration from and identify nuggets of information to improve my practice.

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