USW holds regular Learning and Teaching conferences to celebrate and share the good practice in learning, teaching and assessment undertaken across the University group and its strategic partners.
After the success of the inaugural 2015 conference the event became annual and additional, specialist, conferences are also held at different points in the year for senior managers and for specific subject disciplines.
Dates (Online) :
Monday 20th June 9:30-12:30
Tuesday 21st June 9:30-12:30
Wednesday 22nd June 9:30-12:30
Thursday 23rd June 9:30-12:30
This year’s conference, supported by USW’s Communities of Expertise, focuses on the theme ‘engagement and collaboration’. The conference represents a fantastic opportunity to share how collaborative relationships, networks and partnerships are providing solid foundations for enabling the University’s 2030 Strategy. The conference will also encourage us to reflect on the new understandings and perspectives we have gained during the global pandemic. We will share your practices, successes and challenges, explore what engagement and collaboration mean within increasingly flexible, blended and hybrid environments, and celebrate your positive impact for our learners, partners, and communities.
Details of past conferences, along with any programmes, recordings, posters and images from the day are available below.
2021: Envisioning USWs 2030 Strategy in our learning and teaching.
05 - 08 July 2021
This year’s conference, supported by USW’s Communities of Expertise, will encourage us to consider how the operationalisation of the University’s 2030 vision for graduate success and opportunities might become evident across it’s learning and teaching offering. The themes are set out below but we would encourage you to interpret these broadly:
1. The place of the digital in extending the reach of our learning and teaching;
2. Engaging with communities locally, nationally and globally;
3. Preparing students for an indeterminate future;
4. Learning and Teaching that contributes to the meeting of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals;
5. The role of creative disciplines in a global 21st Century;
6. Interdisciplinary learning and teaching ambitions.
2020: ‘Building Connections and Embracing Diversity’ – How does technology help?
14th – 16th July 2020
year’s conference was about forging networks in an increasingly diverse higher
education environment. We explored the place of technology in its broadest
sense, from ‘low-tech’ to more complex scenarios, in enabling the University’s
2030 vision. We were particularly interested in hearing about examples and
lessons learnt that exemplify collaboration, inclusion and sustainability.
As we could not run the conference in the usual format, we used this as an opportunity to share and reflect on how everyone has enabled learning to take place in exceptional circumstances.
The theme remained the same, but we wanted to create a Festival of Learning where we celebrate how we have all engaged with technology in ways we could never have imagined previously.
The conference ran over 3 days with keynotes, webinars and workshops, alongside some Faculty focused sessions. All sessions will be available online for you to watch at a time to suit you.2020 Schedule
2019: "USW, an engaging University”
The 2019 USW Learning and Teaching conference had an overarching theme of Engagement:
The Learning & Teaching Conference 2018 was held at Treforest Conference Centre on June 29th 2018.