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Previously… The Brookes Learning and Teaching Conference has a long and distinguished pedigree. Each year it shines a light on practice and illuminates theory with the help of a particular lens. But in the past year there has been pedagogical and technological upheaval seldom seen before. So this is not the time for an incremental tweak to our conference format. Instead, it’s right to try to re-imagine what our annual conference might look and feel like.
And in a year in which we have needed - both as students and as staff - to find and use our virtual voices - it feels apt to redesign our conference to hear all these voices in new ways. In 2020 we successfully learnt how to hold a traditional conference but online. Attendance was unprecedented and attention spans far longer than we dared hope! Building on this success we are looking to this year's event to offer Brookes staff, our partner colleges and our global partners new and dynamic ways to participate and share teaching and learning stories.
Towards a new vision... Our vision for 2021 is an online exhibition space housing multiple displays showcasing how we have re-learnt to teach and learn during COVID times, both online and on-campus.
Enabled by our plans to make this an online event, our vision is also of an exhibition curated by students as well as staff across Brookes, our Associate College Partners (ACPs) and our global partners. We shall seek to display diverse reflections, using multiple media, on teaching practice and teaching scholarship. At the centre of our exhibition will also be stories and artefacts recounting students’ experiences as learners during this time.
We hope to hear our exhibition space bursting with the sound of voices celebrating their experiences of learning and simultaneously engaging in the rigorous examination and discussion of teaching theory and practice long associated with our conference. Like all good exhibitions, it will run for more than just a day, and it will leave a legacy web presence that is a long-term reminder of the vitality of the Brookes learning community in 2021. This new format will provide staff and students different opportunities to engage either as a contributor or delegate. This broadens the accessibility and inclusiveness of ways to share teaching and learning practices across Brookes, our ACPs and our global partners.
BLTEC 2021 will run over a ten day period and you will be able to dip in and out of different rooms/spaces and take your own tour around the multitude of exhibits all guided by an interactive guide/map.
Features will include: