Conference Theme: Digital Possibilities

Universities have long been regarded as centres of innovation, from leading cutting-edge research to exploring new approaches in learning and teaching. However, recent advancements in technology mean that many of our students are already accustomed to using the internet, videos and social media to interact with their world at a time, place and pace that suits them before they arrive at university. At Sheffield, we want to ensure that the teaching methods we use, whether face-to-face or digital, are designed to meet the learning needs of our diverse group of students. The use of technology does not have to be complex or onerous. From clickers, podcasts and online peer feedback to MOOCs and iTunesU, staff across the University are already deploying digital tools in their teaching. The theme for this year’s Learning and Teaching Conference – ‘Digital Possibilities’ – provides an opportunity for us to reflect on how we can use technology to support student learning. Today’s sessions will look at how digital approaches can enhance teaching activities, support effective assessment and feedback, further peer collaboration among students and facilitate learning outside the classroom. However, a key element of our discussions today will be to consider how technology can be used alongside face-to-face methods to add value to our existing approaches, rather than replacing them. Exploring how to integrate digital technologies into the design of our teaching encourages us to reflect on what we do, why we do it, and how we could have a greater impact on our students’ learning. Asking these challenging questions will help us to provide the best learning experience we can for our students.
Professor Paul White, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Learning and Teaching

Abstracts, Programme and Registration

The call for abstracts is now closed. Applicants will be notified whether they have been successful by 1 November 2013.

The programme for the event will be published on 25 November along with an abstract booklet providing further information about each of the workshop and presentation sessions. An exhibition abstract booklet will also be produced to provide further information about the exhibition.
Registration will open once the programme, abstract booklet and exhibition booklet are published on 25 November.

For further information about this event, please contact Sarah Moore ( in the Professional Development Team for Learning and Teaching.