The York Pedagogy - making it work

University of York Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2017
Tuesday 20 June

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In 2014 the University of York began designing a research-informed framework for learning to capture the best of past and present practice.  Three years later the York Pedagogy defines the University's learning culture and expectations.  It will shape the ways in which the University considers its programmes, teaching, and assessment for years to come.

As implementation nears completion, all programmes have a concise set of distinctive and concrete programme learning outcomes, and every module's role in progression to those outcomes is clearly mapped.  Programme teams have carefully considered how the particular types of study that a student encounters as they progress towards the outcomes fit together.  Assessment, though done at module level, has been reviewed through a programme-wide lens, so that it ultimately demonstrates attainment of the overarching objectives.  Interactions between students and staff have been designed to propel students' work.

The University of York 2017 Learning and Teaching Conference provided the opportunity to discuss how departments are managing these changes to their programmes, and explored the challenges, opportunities and benefits that have arisen during implementation.
There was a wide range of discussion papers and workshops delivered across two parallel sessions, in addition to a dedicated poster event, lunch, afternoon tea.  The conference concluded with a faculty themed review session. 

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The keynote address was given by Professor John Robinson, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Teaching, Learning and Students and he reflected on the principles that shape the Pedagogy, the successes, the challenges, and the lessons learnt.