Over the two-day event, delegates were also asked to respond to our poll which asked the question: What’s the biggest challenge facing business schools?
Student Satisfaction topped the poll with 14 votes, second place went to Widening Participation with 10 votes then Resource Costs with 8, Personalised Learning 6, and Employability 3.
The conference’s keynote speakers were:
- Professor Julia Clarke, Pro-Vice-Chancellor & Dean, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School
- Professor Rose Luckin, Professor of Learner Centred Design at UCL Knowledge Lab
- Dr Phil Newton, Head of Learning and Teaching at Swansea University Medical School.
Professor Luckin explored how AI is being used to support education and training.
She shared insights into how educators can best prepare and mitigate risks while enjoying the benefits AI can bring to the classroom. She compared the quality of AI data to crude oil - useless until it is organised and cleaned.
In healthcare, AI is already used successfully for prediction (where patients are likely or unlikely to turn up for appointments).
45 ways of engaging students
Pearson representatives attended many sessions over the course of the conference and one of the talks we attended was by Jonathan Sandling from Coventry University London who spoke about “45 ways of engaging students”.
It proved a popular talk and one attendee asked if it would become a book!
Some of the tips included:
- Challenge students to think abstractly by writing a joke about that subject
- Create “empathy maps” to reflect on learning
- Summarise what students have learned in one sentence only
- Passing post-its to other students to read out questions