Inaugural Teaching and Learning Forum Success

Academics share best practice at event focusing on key NSS themes, including guest speaker from Kings College London.

Date: 7 Feb 2023

Over 70 members of academic staff attended London Metropolitan University’s first Teaching and Learning Forum on the first of December 2022. 

The forum, which will take place two or three times a year has been established to provide a cross-institutional space to foreground some of the institution's excellent work in areas relating to learning and teaching and create a dedicated space to facilitate the sharing of effective practice whilst also bringing the University’s academic community together.

Building on the institution’s success in the National Student Survey (NSS 2022), the inaugural edition focused on improving student satisfaction in assessment, academic support, learning community and learning resources. Following a welcome and introductions by Marva De La Coudray, Director of Teaching and Learning, Chrystalle Margallo, who leads student engagement, provided the context of the 2023 NSS journey including changes to the survey. A panel of academic staff comprising James Cant (Photography), Ronke Shoderu (Law) , Dr Mohamed Chahine Hanem (Digital Forensics) , Dale Rees (Dietetics) and Olaide Philips (Psychology) then presented examples of excellent and innovative practice from their respective areas.

Professor Digby Warren of CTE (Centre for Teaching Enhancement) then introduced special guest speaker Dr, Chahna Gonsalves , Lecturer in Marketing at Kings Business School who presented on ‘developing student and teacher assessment literacy, providing examples on the effective use of rubrics based on her research in the area followed by a lively question and answer session.

The packed programme concluded with a presentation by Nwando Onuigbo-Chatta and Pablo Gómez Rodríguez, two of the university’s Student Curriculum Partners who discussed co-creation in assessment, building learning communities and the decolonised curriculum.

Talking about the event, Marva De La Coudray said, “It was amazing to see colleagues inspired by practice within diverse subject contexts from each of our five academic schools with clear interdisciplinary application. I can’t wait to continue the conversations with staff and students as we continue to engage with transformational change. Many thanks to my colleagues Prof Digby Warren Michael Upton, Kriya Kalidas and colleagues from our Centre for Professional & Educational Development for their contributions to making this happen.”

The next Teaching and Learning Forum will take place on the 7th March 2023 at 11am and will have the theme Internationalisation: Challenges and Opportunities. The forum series leads up to the University’s long running Teaching and Learning Conference which will take place on the 27 and 28 June 2023.

Staff members in a classroom sat in a row facing a lecturer during the Teaching and Learning Forum