Call for abstracts

Call for abstracts

The programme will comprise a mixture of 20-minute presentations followed by discussions, 60-minute interactive workshops, panel symposia on the conference themes, and lightning talks.  

In an addition for 2019, these panel symposia will consist of two 20-minute presentations followed by 20 minutes of chaired questions and discussion on both talks. This is designed to allow questions and a meaningful discussion on the themes or implications that relate to both. Individual presentations should be submitted as normal, and these will be paired up where appropriate as part of the reviewing process. 

We recently closed submissions on proposals for presentations and interactive workshops; a further call for lightning talks will be sent out later in the year.

In a development from previous years, successful abstracts will be published in a digital-only version of the Proceedings booklet.

Conference theme

Conference theme

The title of this year’s Conference is Blended and Active Learning: Where Are We Now, and Where Do We Want to Be?. 

Over the last few years, the University has put a significant amount of effort and resource into developing capacity for Blended Learning, as well as providing opportunities to enhance Active Learning. Colleagues from across the University, and more widely in the sector, are using spaces in different ways, and using technology to blend learning in the classroom with online activities. These efforts have enormous potential to transform teaching and the ways in which our students engage with learning.  

This year’s conference is an opportunity for us to take stock: what are we doing, what works, what doesn’t work and how do we want to develop over the next few years? The implications for accessibility, inclusiveness, and the outcomes and experiences of our students are significant, and the conference is an opportunity to share experiences from different parts of the University and elsewhere to shape future enhancements.

Student engagement

We wish to have as much engagement with students and student learning as possible through the Conference so we will be asking all presentation and workshop proposals to identify student engagement again this year – this may be in the form of having students as part of the presenting team, or students may have been involved in the development, running or evaluation of projects being submitted.  


1: Accessible and inclusive learning

With an increasingly diverse student population, it is important for us to be as accessible and inclusive as possible. Rather than merely being reactive to accommodation when the need arises, we are particularly interested in proposals discussing proactive initiatives to make learning, teaching, and assessment accessible to all.

2. Technology beyond the VLE

Technology is becoming ubiquitous in learning and teaching. Now, more than ever before, learning technologies are enabling new forms of communication and interactivity regardless of location. Students and academics have a vast choice of digital tools to design and implement tasks which reside outwith the VLE confines, or which complement the basic functionality offered by Moodle. We are interested in receiving proposals in the successful deployment of other learning technologies to support and enhance students’ and or staff learning, including the use of augmented and virtual reality or visualisation techniques, being cognisant of the challenges as well as benefits that this can bring. 

3. Assessment and feedback to support active learning

As our classrooms become increasingly interactive, our types and modes of assessment and feedback need to keep pace. We are interested in proposals that will show how approaches to assessment and feedback reflect our changing approaches to teaching and facilitating learning. This might include moves towards assessment tasks that are more authentic (either formative or summative), or moves away from ‘traditional’ assessment and feedback methods that might be adopted elsewhere.

4. Place and space

Whilst newer spaces can be developed for new ways of teaching, existing space can be used in different ways to promote active learning in the classroom. Learning spaces outside the classroom are also becoming increasingly common, both virtually and in non-traditional locations. Disciplines can learn from each other about how space can be used to enhance student engagement. We welcome abstracts that showcase innovative and novel ways to engage students in a range of learning spaces, including abstracts that show cross- and inter-disciplinary implementation.

5. Creative approaches

Are you doing something very different in your teaching? Are you using innovative methods, resources or technologies? Have you found creative ways to develop student learning and skills? If so, we'd love to hear about it. Proposals on this theme can cover any aspect of learning, teaching or assessment - they just need to showcase the creativity of our staff in finding new ways to enthuse and engage learners.

Selection criteria

Selection will be based on the following criteria: 

  • The proposal aligns with the title and themes of the Conference. 
  • The work is sufficiently accessible and interesting to a wide audience. 
  • The proposal links to the University's Learning and Teaching Strategy (not applicable to external contributions). 
  • The proposal demonstrates how students have been or will be engaged in preparing for or delivering the presentation or workshop, or in the development, running or evaluation of the project being presented. 
  • The work can be clearly and effectively presented in the allocated time. 
  • The authors of this work have thought about how they will engage participants. 
  • The outcomes proposed in the presentation/workshop can be readily achieved. 


Registration will open early in the new year, when the full programme will be announced.