The focus for the 2023-24 LTExChange Symposia Series is “The Connected University”. The series will bring together and engage key stakeholders to support new thinking and share practice innovations as we consider what it means to be a truly “Connected University” in what is an increasingly uncertain higher education landscape. Through the series we will be considering, more specifically, what it means for the university, staff, and students to be ‘globally connected’ and how we can prepare our staff and students to adapt and develop ‘socially and ethically engaged’ approaches to learning that will meet future challenges.
The first symposium in the series focuses on the theme of ‘The Connected Curriculum’ and we are delighted to welcome Dr. Tim Fawns (Monash University) as our keynote speaker for the event. The title and outline for Tim’s talk can be found below.
Keynote address: 09:00am – 10:55am
“Entangled Pedagogy – collective, responsive and ethical practice”
In this talk, I begin by describing some of the ways in which technology is always entangled with educational methods, contexts values and purposes. From there, I extrapolate outwards in some interesting directions, to paint an aspirational picture of educational practice as collective, responsive, and ethical. If educational activity is always an emergent, unpredictable, and complex entanglement of elements, then it must always be negotiated by multiple stakeholders. This negotiation also always involves multiple technologies, and multiple values and purposes that may be in tension. To understand such negotiation of entanglements, we need short – and longer – term views, and to zoom in and out on educational situations. Only then can we see how different elements are located in the messy spaces and assemblages of education.
Panel discussion: 11:00am – 12:00noon.
“The Connected Curriculum in practice: focusing on simulation”
The LTExChange symposium explores the changing relationships between technology, teaching practice and curriculum design. To this end, the panel discussion component of the symposium will bring together colleagues from across the university to discuss practice-based work aligned to the broader theme of ‘Connected Curriculum’ in learning and teaching. More specifically, the panel discussion will focus on effective practices in Simulation Pedagogy, exploring disciplinary perspectives in facilitating relevant and authentic learning experiences for students, providing insights into how staff might capitalise on the affordances of the digital educational environment to realise a broader range of possibilities for teaching and learning practices.