This programme of events focuses on the big issues and the new technologies that will have an impact on teaching over the next few years, asking how teaching is changing and how we should respond. The sessions are intended to offer opportunities for discussion as well as practical know-how; to be lively, interactive and informative. The themes this year cover ways to prepare for lecture recording, workshops which link to the theme of Near Future Teaching, and how to use some of the kit and caboodle we're all talking about.
NEAR FUTURE TEACHING
A creative writing workshop on the theme of future teaching led by the poet JL Williams. Come along and write (in prose or poetry) your visions for the future of our university. All levels of writing experience and academic backgrounds welcome.
Blockchain: Designing the Future of University Degrees
Understand Blockchain and play with how it might change universities in a dynamic workshop which will provoke your thinking around trust, value and exchange.
Learning Analytics: What has data ever done for me?
Ever wondered what learning analytics actually does? A chance to play hands-on with a student dataset using different ways in to understanding how we might shape learning analytics data.
Hands on the Future of Teaching
Get hands-on with 3D printing, virtual and augmented reality and more, discussing what technologies might be used in future classrooms at the University of Edinburgh, and discuss how our values can influence the decisions we make about technology for teaching.
Theatre in Lectures
This interactive session will encourage participants to explore the possibilities of their 'performance space', and will provide some ideas for using that space in a way to engage students and provide memorable learning experiences.
Laughter in Lectures
In this fun and interactive workshop you'll be working to create and deliver comedy in a no-pressure environment. You'll be exploring the links between comedy and academic research, and learning comedic performance skills to enhance your presentation skills - as well as boost your confidence.
Practical Strategies for Designing and Delivering Excellent Lectures
This workshop is for staff new to lecturing or those looking to improve student engagement in their lectures. It considers the problems and possibilities of lectures, ways to engage students’ attention, and different ways to design a lecture.
KIT AND CABOODLE
DIY Film School
Do you fancy being the next Ridley Scott or a roving reporter charting the big technological changes in education on our horizon? Come along to DIY film school and create your own futuristic films.
Internet of (Teaching) Things
What are 'Internet of Things' (IoT) technologies, and how might they influence future university teaching? This interactive workshop will introduce a range of different IoT technologies and ideas, and ask you to help design creative educational futures where everyday 'things' are connected to the internet.
“How Virtual Reality can impact education” This session will introduce VR as a technology, looking at the potential affordances of bringing VR into education, both as a tool to support learners and as a planning tool for learning spaces. There will also be an opportunity to experience an example of an interactive learning space design in a VR classroom. The session is being delivered by Matt Ramirez who works for Jisc as a Futures senior innovation developer.