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Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2019

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9.00 - 10.00 Registration, poster viewing and stands   Foyer, Peter Froggatt Centre (PFC)
10.00 - 10.15 Welcome and introduction by Professor Ian Williams, Dean of Education in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences PFC 0G.024
10.15 - 11.00 Keynote Professor Sian Bayne Professor of Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. 'Near Future Teaching'PFC 0G.024
11.00 - 11.45 Tea/Coffee, poster viewing and stands
11.45 - 12.45

Short Talks PFC 0G.024:

Professor Ruth Morrow (School of Natural and Built Environment) "Design Studio Teaching: How teaching is both informed by and in turn informs research"

Hannah Gillespie (Centre for Medical Education) "Would you let a student write your prescription? The story of ‘Purple Pen’"

Dr Paul Williams (School of Biological Sciences) "Finding your voice in the crowd. A story of the Foundations Module"

12.45 - 13.30 Lunch   
13.30 - 14.00 Short talk by the QUB National Teaching Fellow Prof Lezley-Anne Hanna PFHEA. Introduced by Lucy Gault, SU VP Education PFC 0G.024
14.00 - 15.10


  • EdTech Speed-Dating PFC 03.017
  • Universal Design for Learning - The DCU Experience PFC 02.018
  • Global Skills Project: A Holistic Approach to Student Skills Development PFC 02.017
  • Mediasite: Capture effective video for education PFC 03.028
15.10 - 16.00 Panel session PFC 0G.024
16.00 Close

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Sian Bayne
Professor Sian Bayne


Professor Sian Bayne, Professor of Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh, Director of Education at the Edinburgh Futures Institute and Assistant Principal for Digital Education.

Prof Bayne is the director of the Centre for Research in Digital Education and teaches on the MSc in Digital Education at Edinburgh. Sian's teaching and research focus on digital education pedagogy and policy and she is interested in critical approaches to digital education, data and automation and digital pedagogy.

Within universities, there is a growing trend to apply futures and design thinking to teaching and learning, often as a way of understanding how digital shifts are affecting education. The keynote on 'Near Future Teaching' will discuss how the University of Edinburgh went about co-designing the future to enable a wide conversation to take place among students and staff around how we would like to see digital education grow over the coming decades, and from that to build a vision for the university which balances technological change with the values of the large and diverse academic and student body.

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Dr Lezley-Anne Hanna

School of Pharmacy

Dr Lezley-Anne Hanna from the School of Pharmacy has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2018.

Prof Hanna, a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (now part of Advance HE) and Faculty Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, teaches Pharmacy Practice through dynamic and contemporary learning approaches and reflection.  She endeavours to inspire future pharmacists to be passionate about their profession, equipped with the necessary attributes to be safe and effective healthcare practitioners.  Pedagogical research and innovative active-learning opportunities and digital resources, coupled with student, peer and external collaborations, enables her to provide a superior experience to learners.  Through the production of diverse material for future and qualified pharmacists, including an award-winning app, Lezley-Anne positively impacts on patient care. She has also developed an initiative to support international students’ personal and professional development at university, for which she won a student-nominated Queen’s University Teaching Award.

EdTech Speed-Dating

This workshop will explore various education technologies available to the University staff, enhancing the teaching and learning experience. The showcase will include various Canvas features (Groups, Quizzes/Question Banks, SpeedGrader), ScreenToGIF, Office 365 Teams and Turning Point personal response system.

Universal Design for Learning - The DCU Experience

Facilitator: Karen Buckley, Dublin City University.

It is well documented that the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) have enormous potential to positively impact on the learning experience of all students, not exclusively those with disabilities or diverse learning needs. Specifically, UDL promotes the use of multiple communication methods to ensure that communication methods are accessible to all participants (Burgstahler, 2017). UDL creates inclusive pedagogy by encouraging a curriculum design tailored to address the needs of all students. By acknowledging that there is no average, UDL focuses on the needs of the individual and supports students through a variety of transitions that define their experience of higher education. UDL acknowledges the diversity in experience, culture and personality among learners and provides teachers in HEIs with the tools to reach out to all students in the classroom.

This professional development workshop will promote and implement an inclusive teaching and learning environment using principles of UDL for staff, faculty and learners in Higher Education Institutions. The workshop, informed by current research in Dublin City University to document existing levels of expertise and engagement with the principles of UDL, will disseminate key learnings from initiatives which have developed staff awareness of UDL and provide guidance and support to enhance inclusive teaching and learning across our institution.

Global Skills Project: A Holistic Approach to Student Skills Development

Facilitator: Dr Clare Patton, Queen's University Belfast. 

This workshop will provide an interactive demonstration of a new project which launched in September 2018 in the School of Law. The project is a 3-year pilot programme which provides innovative ways to equip students with the skills they need upon graduation; whatever career they pursue and wherever in the world their careers take them.

We use IT, social media, theatre techniques, cinema, and talks by well-known and/or experienced individuals across a kaleidoscope of disciplines to introduce the students to new skills and help develop existing skills. These skills include being able to think critically, to speak with confidence in public, to use technology to network, to write blogs and film vlogs and learn best approaches to both independent work and peer-to-peer work.

Mediasite: Capture effective video for education

Facilitator: Michael Kelly, Queen's University Belfast.

Mediasite is a rich media platform, managed and supported by Information Services. It gives University staff the ability to create, manage and distribute lectures, presentations and educational content for use in VLEs and on the web. Fundamental knowledge of this service is essential for use in the Canvas VLE, as video-supported content grows within the University. 

Participants will experience the full recording and editing features of Mediasite, which will involve reading short entertaining scripts to the camera, and we will show how you can streamline your recordings and present effectively.

Learn about the wide range of Mediasite features which support student learning, including:

  • Capturing lectures directly from your podium PC or laptop
  • Collaborative online space to create and manage your media
  • Editing, publishing and sharing your content
  • Managing permissions with your class or external parties
  • Adding links and chapters, including polls or quizzes in your video content
  • Tagging your content (for search)
  • Online editor
  • The use of captioning (subtitling your content) 

No prior knowledge of video production required.

Panel members

The panel session hosted by Professor Sian Bayne will explore the issues further engaged with the conference themes. The panel will be attended by Dr Maurice Hall (Director of Education, School of Pharmacy), Prof Philip Hanna (Director of Education, School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), Dr Sarah Lappin (Director of Education, School of Natural and Built Environment) and Dr Karen Winter (Director of Education, School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work).

Audience questions will be facilitated by Mentimeter. Download the app for Android or Apple or simply go to

Conference stands

Canvas - The Canvas Team will be available to chat with you about the new VLE at Queen’s. Come along with any questions you may have about training and support on offer and for helpful advice on how to get your module set-up as quickly as possible.  Canvas Early Adopters, Aidan McGowan and Dr Neil Anderson, will also be present to share their experiences of using Canvas with their students and to offer helpful tips on how to save time using Canvas!

JISC Digital Discovery Tool - On the day of the CED Conference, the University will formally launch the use of the Digital Discovery Tool, a web-based developmental self-reflective tool that supports staff and students to start thinking about their digital capabilities and practice. Please watch the video here and come along to the stand to see how you can sign up for use. You can also find out about another exciting service that is coming soon!

Accessibility software - Texthelp, a local assistive software developer of Read&Write Gold, EquatiO and BrowseAloud demonstration.

Inclusive ideas- Write a postcard suggesting ways to incorporate Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at QUB. You will find the postcard stand at the Conference Information Desk.

Turning Point - The TurningPoint student response and polling solution has been used at QUB for many years now. With both mobile and clicker based solutions we offer a unique ‘hybrid’ solution to students and lecturers alike, with over 100 UK and Irish Universities using TurningPoint. Come along and speak to us to find out more on how you can harness TurningPoint and gain the below impact stats with your students:

  • Engagement: 87% of students found class more engaging
  • Motivation: 67% of students felt more motivated
  • Attendance: 30% increase in student attendance
  • Retention: 40% more information retained by students