Most universities have an annual conference for academic staff to share innovative and good practice. Some of these are open to external participants, but mostly they are internally focused. Their potential impact grows as their audience grows.
The Meta Teaching & Learning Conference (#metaT&L) creates a ‘two for one deal’.
Any academic who has been invited to present at their own institutional conference is encouraged to submit a version of their presentation to the #metaT&L.
Tell me more
MetaT&L aims to relate a massive resource reflecting the good practice of innovative university teachers.
We will publish your updated presentations about innovative teaching and learning alongside presentations from peers accepted for their own institution’s teaching and learning conference.
You can submit:
- Papers – evidence-informed short papers
- Presentations of innovative practice
- Workshop materials – summaries or practical tools and information
- Posters about innovative practice
- Other coherent materials in a digital, shareable format.
Note: See ‘Update versions’ below
What will it look like?
The initial idea is to develop this website in which presentations are embedded as short posts.
Technically the site will use WordPress.com which is a free and versatile social media blogging tool. Content can be tagged making it easy to discover.
Each submission will have:
- A title
- Author(s) including Twitter names
- Short description
- Embedded or linked media e.g. Slides, video, or PDF
- Link to affiliated university’s Teaching & Learning Conference website programme and original presentation.
(author emails included in materials at the discretion of the submitter).
Will other people be interested in my work?
Yes. Sharing your innovative practice is of interest to other,
- professional academics who, like you, understand how important it is to continually develop their teaching practice in all areas (UKPSF, AoA5).
- innovators who understand innovative thinking is escalated by learning from each other together.
- innovators who also have great ideas but who can struggle to find people who share similar ways of thinking and who can help to validate their innovative practice.
Why would you do this?
- Gain more exposure for your innovative practice;
- Receive the validation of peers;
- Make connections for co-developing and co-evaluating innovative practice;
- Seek opportunities for future development by networking;
- Build your external reputation for teaching for SFHEA or PFHEA or NTF submissions.
Who are we and why are we doing this?
This is an experiment in creating huge value to teaching and learning practice by doing very little! All we need to do is share and connect our practice.
We know that people like us exist in other universities. This is particularly true when you look at leading edge innovation in teaching and learning.
Our intention is to bring together artefacts representing good practice. Good, excellent, innovative practice? You are the best person to define that. You and your peers are the best people to decide. We only ask that you have already been selected by your own institution’s teaching and learning conference.
We are academics and educational developers who are interested in promoting
- Teaching and learning in higher education
- Open educational practice
- Networked learning
This is a completely voluntary experiment with no vested interest. We believe this should be extremely easy to co-ordinate using free and open social media, yet its impact could be enormous.
It will be even easier if you join us to help organise this. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We ask you to reflect on your presentation at your own conference and add a further slide of commentary (or you can rework parts of it) to summarise or generalise what you have learnt by presenting. For example, think about:
- What questions were asked in your session about your presentation?
- What feedback did you receive?
- What did people say about your presentation on Twitter?
- Did you find connections between your own presentation and others at the conference?
- Did your conference themes or keynote help you to find further insight about your own practice?
- How can your presentation be made clearer for a wider audience beyond your own institution?
All you need to do…
Send the following materials to …
Note: if you need support with any of the following please ask your university colleagues as we are doing this in a voluntary capacity and have other full time commitments!
We ask you to sign a Creative Commons CC-By 4.0 licence to anything you submit.
Either, your slides or summary handout or poster
- A version of the slides you presented including modifications or an update slide or, if your session took a different format, an appropriate digital artefact AND an audio recording (share via SoundCloud or Google Drive or other accessible social media).
- We prefer slides, or PDFs of handouts or posters, to be either uploaded by you to your Slideshare account or Google Slides.Then share the link in your submission email to us. If you don’t have an online slide sharing account like this, just email the slides or PDFs and we will add them to our metaT&L Slideshare account.
Or, a link to a screencast or video or audio recording
- lasting less than 20 minutes – the shorter the better to encourage people to watch or listen to it. It may summarise key points from a piece of work described in more detail in a paper or blog post. Please feel free to submit these or links to them as well.
- Upload your media to a social media site. YouTube, Vimeo, or SoundCloud are known to be suitable for sharing media. They have the options to share media in ways that can be embedded in our WordPress site. You may prefer other sites. Consult your local support as necessary.
Include a description of about 50 words to provide just enough information about what your work is about.
We are trying to maximise the exposure of your innovative practice. There are two ways of thinking about who will be interested in your work:
- people looking at doing something similar;
- people from similar disciplinary domains.
Assign about five key terms to your submission, e.g. assessment for learning; social media; STEM; audio feedback; accessibility.
We will use your keywords as tags so that, using the example above, if people from STEM want to hear about what others in Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths are doing it should be easy to find out.
Please assign a Creative Commons CC-By 4.0 licence licence to any materials that you submit. This means we can easily embed your work in the #metaT&L site.
This does not remove your intellectual property but it does allow others to easily acknowledge you and build upon what you have started. All you need to do is add the words “This work is made available under a Creative Commons CC-By 4.0 licence”
It can help to use the Creative Commons logo and provide a link to the licence.