TELFest 2020: Call for participation

Share your best practice in using technology to enhance learning and teaching at our annual festival.

Dear colleagues

TELFest, the University's festival of technology-enhanced learning and innovation, is returning for its seventh year, Monday 29 June – Thursday 2 July 2020, showcasing the use of digital learning in higher education. We are inviting you to join us in promoting and exploring how we can enhance our programmes of study, and improve engagement, satisfaction and overall success of our learners.

The festival offers a variety of opportunities to share practice with colleagues across the institution and the sector, with speakers and delegates in attendance from a wide range of institutions, providing a chance to learn more about the affordances of technology in learning and teaching.

This year our suggested themes include topics at the heart of the University's learning and teaching priorities – how can technology and innovation help us be inclusive teachers for all our learners, and how can we harness technology to enhance employability opportunities and digital skills?

Submissions on the following topics are particularly encouraged:

  • Inclusivity: how can we harness technology to create inclusive environments, and ensure our teaching materials are accessible to all learners?
  • Digital Skills and Literacies: how can we ensure our students and staff have the skills to navigate a digital world?
  • Employability: how can digital technology be used in ways that make our learners more prepared for the world of work?
  • Education for Sustainable Development: what role can technology play in helping us produce informed graduates with the skills to address the global environmental, economic and social challenges we face?
  • Students as Partners: how can our learners collaborate with us to shape their learning and what part technology can play in this?
  • Classroom Engagement: how can technologies engage our students in small and large groups? How can technologies enhance - or disrupt - traditional forms of university teaching?

The festival is aimed at academic and teaching staff, and those who support the design and delivery of learning and teaching. The format of sessions in previous years has included workshops, case studies, panel discussions, debates and gamified activities, on a wide range of topics including social media, flipped learning, course design, electronic assessment, mobile learning and much more.

To share your practice during TELFest, please submit your proposal by Friday 20 March 2020.

Submit your proposal

For more information about TELFest visit the TELFest web pages or contact the TELFest team at telfest@sheffield.ac.uk. TELFest is an Elevate event, and is part of a wide range of staff development for teaching staff provided by Academic Programmes and Student Engagement (APSE) throughout the year.

Best wishes

Professor Wyn Morgan
Vice-President for Education