The inaugural EduFest event took place on June 7 2018, and was attended by over 100 colleagues from across the University, as well as a number of students and external guests. EduFest 2018 focused on four of the key themes in our Education Strategy (2016-2021): Inclusion; Research engagement; Sustainability; and, Assessment for learning.

Resources from the event are available to view below.

Keynote Address - Professor Tansy Jessop

Tansy Jessop is Professor of Research Informed Teaching at Solent University. She champions assessment that transforms student learning, making teaching more exciting and rewarding. She leads ‘Transforming the Experience of Students through Assessment ‘ (TESTA) which has had sector-wide reach in helping universities to take a programme approach to assessment.

Tansy's interest in student learning is driven by democratic and participatory approaches to pedagogy. She began her career as a secondary school teacher in South Africa, completing a PhD on teacher development in rural KwaZulu-Natal in 1997. She has published on social justice in education, narrative inquiry, learning spaces, technology enhanced learning, and assessment and feedback.

Tansy’s keynote takes a fresh look at the expectations of students coming to university, and why some students express disappointment with higher education. She will explore the concept of student alienation: how it relates to broken expectations; how it reflects the context of 21st century HE; and yet, on the other hand, how it is an utterly necessary part of the higher education experience. Tansy uses data and theory to explore student alienation, and to distill practices which transform alienation into engagement. Her three pedagogic approaches mimic the three R’s of the primary school teacher: Research, Relationships, and Risk-taking.

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Embedding Sustainability in the Curriculum - Professor Stephen Sterling

Stephen Sterling is Professor of Sustainability Education in the Centre for Sustainable Futures (CSF) at Plymouth University. A former Senior Advisor to the UK Higher Education Academy on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), and National Teaching Fellow (NTF), he has worked in environmental and sustainability education in the academic and NGO fields nationally and internationally for over three decades, including as a consultant and advisor on UNESCO’s education for sustainable development (ESD) programmes.

Professor Sterling has been a leading voice on sustainability in higher education for over two decades. In this masterclass, he led discussion on how we can design units and programmes which help to engage students in sustainability debates, research and solutions. He drew on his own texts and his work with the Higher Education Academy, and on examples from a range of other institutions, to demonstrate how – as individual programmes and as a university more widely – we can address these global challenges. The masterclass helped colleagues to understand the potential contribution of their course to this field, and how we might collaborate with others in order to identify creative and progressive solutions.