Creativity, digital agility and liminal libraries: the University of Sheffield’s Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2019.
Professor Wyn Morgan, Vice President for Education, opened our annual learning and teaching conference, focusing on the challenges we currently face in both the external and internal HE environment. As we await publication of the Augar report our future vision sits amongst the uncertainty of changing funding models and it was good therefore, to hear Wyn remind us of the Sheffield ethos: “Concentrate on being excellent and the metrics will follow”. This is a mantra we follow closely in the Library Learning Services Unit, as we keep our information and digital literacy offer agile and responsive. Parallel sessions at the conference provided rich inspiration for this, as our academic colleagues showcased student work using a range of creative approaches, including the use of scrap books, poster presentations, Google Sites, reflective portfolios and creative unessays. Inevitably conversations turned to assessment with academic colleagues sharing examples of new and more inclusive rubrics, reminding each other that intellectual engagement and critical interrogation are applicable across mediums. As discussions turned to transformative learning, the collaborative learning space in our University Library was highlighted as particularly well suited to “issues and tissues” learning, reminding me of Barbara Fister’s 2015 LILAC keynote on the Liminal Library. An excellent and inspiring day; the team are already innovating within our offer to further support visual literacy, academic integrity, reflective writing and website design, in response. Keep an eye on the blog to discover more as our offer progresses.
Head of Library Learning Services
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