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Friday 22 June 2018 - The Spark

The Solent Learning and Teaching Community Conference (#SLTCC2018) promotes excellence in learning and teaching, connecting staff and students by providing a forum for exploring innovative opportunities and sharing best practice. 

We are looking forward to another inspiring body of work from across the academic disciplines and professional services, and particularly encourage representation from learning and teaching enhancement projects with student partners.


"It's all about the team having curry on a Friday evening ..."

Professor Graham Gibbs

This year we are exploring ways of embedding learning and teaching 'best practice' as a team through curriculum review.


Students' lived experience
Student progression, retention and achievement are priorities to ensure a positive student experience. Solent strives for real-world experiences, bridging the gap between theory and practice, to prepare students for their careers and further studies. Let's think about how we can improve this through teamwork.

Research informed teaching
We are research active and informed with areas of world leading activity underpinning key and distinctive curriculum areas in support of ‘real world’ learning. Research informed teaching opens the door to the world of research for our learners, actively engages staff in pedagogic research, and encourages cocreation. 

Inclusive practice
Teaching designed and delivered in a way that embraces diversity and minimises barriers to participation, so that all learners have equal opportunity to achieve their potential.

Physical and virtual learning spaces
After winning the Education Estates 2017 Student Experience Award for the Spark as a learning space and our well-crafted Solent Online Learning as a VLE, we are looking to explore the interaction of physical, virtual and social learning spaces with pedagogy and practice, including blended learning. 

Rethinking curriculum
Continuing current discussions around curriculum framework to embrace educational philosophy, we want to explore team-based conversations around curriculum development through creative design. Share your ideas to enhance real-world learning through curriculum review.  

Creativity in assessment and feedback
Being creative within assessment and feedback may be done through real-world projects, virtual learning or through podcasts. We want to hear about all innovation in assessment and feedback that engages and excites students. 


GIBBS, G., 2014. Teachers’ beliefs and practices are framed by their social setting. 53 Powerful Ideas All Teachers Should Know About [viewed 08 January 2018]. Available from: