The return of the Harper Adams Learning and Teaching conference has seen more than 130 people come together to share ideas, experiences and research.
The conference, the sixth of its kind, not only included a wide range of contributions from Harper Adams staff and students, but also presentations from external experts – including staff from University of Birmingham’s Higher Education Futures Institute, the University of Sussex and Staffordshire University, from technology company PebblePad and from Advance HE.
Harper Adams Director of Education, Professor Lydia Arnold, said: “The conference provides a unique space for us to hear about techniques and innovations in teaching from across the sector. It was especially pleasing to have attendance from a number of our own students who collaborated with staff to stimulate discussion and reflection.
“Sessions focused on a range of key issues including assessment, student welfare, active learning, international student experiences, student research, and placement. The number of staff who joined the day and the quality of the talks, workshops and posters, really emphasises the commitment of this university to the student experience - staff are always invested in developing their teaching and support practices for the benefit of our student body.
“It’s fantastic that our Students Union are so involved in the day too - at lunchtime, the SU President along with our Vice Chancellor, presented our Student Voice Awards.
“These annual awards are offered by the Students' Union to recognise staff who have been nominated by students for their outstanding contribution.”
Staff receiving the awards were presented with a trophy and a locally sourced food hamper as a token of appreciation from the student body.
Catch up with some of the highlights from the day from social media below.
Delighted to open #HarperLT. I spoke of the connection between Her Late Majesty’s relationship with Her Prime Ministers and the topics we are exploring through today’s conference. Learning, knowledge, insight, adaptability and trust. Thank you to all involved. @HarperAdamsUni— Ken Sloan (@ProfKenSloan) September 14, 2022
@ProfKenSloan giving a thoughtful welcome and introduction to the annual @HarperAdamsUni Learning and Teaching Conference. Great to see so many of my mighty fine colleagues in the same room and congratulations to all those staff who have obtained their #FHEA #HarperLT pic.twitter.com/27USYgPj9k— Andy Wilcox (@dr_andy_wilcox) September 14, 2022
Excellent opening key note session from @ChrisHeadleand for the #HarperLT conference. Some really interesting and innovative ideas for getting students more engaged in their own learning pic.twitter.com/DCc5XnKitz— Dr Sarah Morgan (@GrazyScientist) September 14, 2022
#HEFiOnTour: It was such a pleasure for @LISACOULSON18 and myself to be invited to contribute to #HarperLT conference by @LydiaJArnold. We ran workshops on Authentic Assessment, Curriculum Design and Curriculum Mapping. And… had the required cow selfie ????! pic.twitter.com/BIDEDa0kW4— Danielle M Hinton - SFHEA ???????????? (@hintondm) September 14, 2022
Having a fabulous day out at #HarperLT Some brilliant examples of assessment changes this morning. Looking forward to this afternoon— Sue Lee (@SueLee99) September 14, 2022
Head of Client Success, Paul Duvall has been presenting at @HarperAdamsUni today for their Teaching and Learning #Conference.— PebblePad (@PebblePad) September 14, 2022
Talking about the possibilities of developing curriculum and placement with #PebblePad
Thanks @LydiaJArnold for the opportunity to speak at #HarperLT pic.twitter.com/xaPgWgrYdB
Assessment showcase - hearing from colleagues about authentic assessments - field vivas for agronomy - live setting outdoors, personalised professional discussion, role play, live exemplars & even an aircraft exclusion zone so the exercise wasn’t interrupted - wowzers #HarperLT— Lydia Arnold (@LydiaJArnold) September 14, 2022
More authentic assessment examples from @naked_barley - podcasts instead of essays, a motivating format for students - used as a format for debating and evaluating current challenges in agriculture #HarperLT sounds amazing!— Lydia Arnold (@LydiaJArnold) September 14, 2022
It’s a stunning uni, was lovely to visit— Prof. Chris Headleand (@ChrisHeadleand) September 14, 2022