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Embrace flexible learning to 'recognise individual talents and preferences'

31 May 2023 | Advance HE The Flexible Learning Symposium will serve as "a fantastic opportunity to explore different topics around flexible learning, as well as network with colleagues across the sector".

Advance HE is set to host a symposium on flexible learning. The Flexible Learning Symposium: 'Co-creating a flexible learning model' will offer delegates the opportunity to share ideas, particularly informing whole-university approaches to meeting challenges and enhancing the student experience. The event will take place at The Studio in Leeds, 14 June. 

Keynote speaker, Stacey Mottershaw, Associate Professor (Teaching and Scholarship) and Faculty Director of Taught Student Social Mobility at Leeds University Business School, will discuss how flexible learning can support students from under-represented backgrounds. Oral presentations and 'lightning talks' throughout the day will focus on a range of topics including remote Masters’ learning, live streaming, co-creation of flexible learning models and curriculum redesign. 

Advance HE experts, John Sumpter, Senior Consultant in Education and Charles Knight, Assistant Director of Knowledge & Innovation, will lead the symposium.

John said, "We will to engage in discussions about flexible learning with experts, educators and stakeholders, assisting institutions in improving the HE experience by gaining a better understanding of the challenges faced by staff and students. Embracing flexible learning means recognising individual talents and preferences - and through this, universities can expect to see higher engagement and performance since adaptable students are more likely to thrive in their educational journey. 

"The symposium will also focus on addressing infrastructure and accessibility issues to ensure student equity, discussing the development of effective strategies, various options for flexible learning and its implementation. Overall, we aim to show the true significance of flexible learning. By prioritising student needs, we can improve and expand education to create a more inclusive learning environment."

Charles said, “Our Flexible Learning Symposium is a fantastic opportunity to explore different teaching and learning methods you can incorporate into your own practice. You'll hear from experts and practitioners, from various academic disciplines. You'll also learn from the practice of others who have successfully implemented flexible learning strategies into their courses and programmes.” Find out more from Charles in the video below:



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