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Learning at Scale Symposium

Symposium Focus

Large-scale delivery of learning and teaching is now a shared challenge and opportunity across the higher education sector – whether large cohorts or classes. This unique symposium focuses on the practical design of engaging students in large-scale courses, building on a large strategic project being conducted at The University of Sydney Business School called Connected Learning at Scale (CLaS) which is underpinned by ‘design thinking’ and ‘engaged learning’ theory and practice. The project aims to transform the teaching and learning experience in all large undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

This Symposium will:

  • Share critical learning from delivering innovative teaching to 1000s of learners
  • Support participants in re-thinking ways to address their own challenges with scale
  • Practically work through a range of design patterns developed to address the biggest problems of scale – participants can adapt these to meet their own needs.
  • Focused time to work on your scale challenges or opportunities on day 2.

The Symposium is facilitated by Associate Professor Elaine Huber (Academic Director of Business Co-Design at University of Sydney Business School) and Professor Tony Wall (Liverpool Business School and National Teaching Fellow).

You can join us for:

• Day 1 – for the Learning at Scale Symposium


• Days 1 + 2 – for the Learning at Scale Symposium plus a Writing Day

Symposium Information

Address: The June Henfry Suite, Blackburne House, Hope Street, Liverpool, L8 7PE (Entry through Falkner Street)

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/E6EZ5m1tX2JxLDv98

Travel: The closest train stations are: Liverpool Lime Street (connections nationally) and Liverpool Central (local connections). Contact nationalrail.co.uk on 08457484950.

Parking: There is very limited onsite parking at Blackburne House, and it can be pre-booked through Just Park (make a booking here justpark.com/180405 – but please note parking is subject to availability and purchasing a ticket does not guarantee a space). In addition, there are many paid car parking options within walking distance (e.g. on Mount Pleasant and on Brownlow Hill). Please visit ncp.co.ukyourparkingspace.co.uk, justpark.com, or liverpool.gov.uk.

Hotels: Examples of local hotels include: Hope Street Hotel (2 mins walk from Blackburne House), Quest Liverpool City Centre (13 mins), The Liner Hotel (16 mins), Radisson RED Liverpool (16 mins), Doubletree by Hilton Liverpool (20 mins), Heeton Concept Hotel (21 mins), Leonardo Hotel Liverpool (21 mins).

Wifi: Available free of charge at Blackburne House.

Indicative Schedule – Day 1

9:30 Registration and refreshments

10:00 Welcome and introductions – what brought you here?

10:20 Overview of CLaS: team, approach, ‘design patterns’

10:40 Exploring and sharing scale problems

11.30 Refreshments

11:45 Select problem focus and start exploring solution(s)

11:55 Share design solution for feedback (in pairs)

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Develop solution ‘headlines’, read others’ solution(s), and whole-group feedback

14:10 Refreshments

14:25 Revisit and refresh own solution(s) (in pairs)

14:35 Action planning including implementation and 1-3 accountability plans

14:55 Wrap up and invitation to join collaborative teaching, reciprocal mentoring as part of the British Council’s Digi:Doi Consortium

15:00 Networking

15:30 Close

Indicative Schedule – Day 2 (OPTIONAL)

Join us for a writing day, where we collectively spend focused time together on any writing you need to complete. Bring an idea, a draft manuscript, write an abstract for a conference, a report, a blog post, a grant proposal or simply start something new. Benefits include motivation to write, feedback, overcoming writer’s block, support and encouragement!

9:30 Registration and refreshments

10:00 Warming up and writing

11.15 Refreshments

11:30 Writing

12:30 Lunch

13:15 Writing

14:15 Refreshments

14:25 Writing

15:25 Wrap up

15:30 Close

Digi:Doi Consortium

This Symposium is supported by the Digi:Doi Consortium, funded by the British Council’s ‘Going Global Partnerships’ scheme as part of its 30th anniversary of its developmental work in Vietnam. The Digi:Doi Consortium (“doi” is Vietnamese for transformation) is creating a future-proofed hub for digital transformation underpinned by wellbeing, inclusion, and net zero.

The Digi:Doi Consortium is currently co-creating opportunities for collaborative training, mentoring and ongoing networks to drive mutual digital transformation in universities across Vietnam and the UK.

Later in 2023, the Digi:Doi Consortium will pair up colleagues in UK and Vietnam to create new digital experiences for students – the Symposium is to help generate ideas and possibilities for future collaboration. You decide what you want to focus on later in the year (projects are to be designed and implemented from 2023-2024 onwards).

Expressions of Interest (to join Consortium events) UK leaders, professional services staff and academics – involved at any stage of digital learning or transformation – to join in collaboratively developed projects and mentoring. (Expression of Interest in Vietnamese).