Tuesday 17th November

AUT Teaching and Learning Conference 2020

AUT Teaching and Learning Conference 2020 (TLC 2020) explored how interdisciplinary collaboration approaches allow students to experience learning that focuses on problem-framing, making connections and collaboration. The conference brought together staff from across AUT to share and discuss good practice and current scholarship and research, in learning and teaching.

Learning Together: Connections through Collaboration

2020 has been a year of change, challenge and growth. Learning, for students and staff alike, has been shaped in new and exciting ways and our time spent at distance has taught us the value of working and learning together. 

AUT Teaching and Learning Conference 2020 explored how interdisciplinary collaboration approaches allow students to experience learning that focuses on problem-framing, making connections and collaboration.

This year we invited AUT staff to learn together and make connections, as we explored the Interdisciplinary Collaboration pillar of the Xceptional Learning Experiences (XLE) Framework.  This pillar recognises that graduates will work in and across diverse teams/contexts to explore and develop creative approaches needed to solve many real-life problems they will face in the workplace and the wider community.

The conference encouraged staff to reflect on how they can create learning spaces that are mindful of inter-culturalism and bi-culturalism, as well as interdisciplinary approaches. The conference was a significant occasion for staff to share and discuss good practice and current scholarship in learning and teaching, and to hear from our international virtual Keynote,  Professor Gray Kochhar-Lindgren.

TLC 2020 celebrated the different approaches to knowing, doing and being that underpin our relationships within and across our society, cultures, disciplines and learning spaces.

Keynote Speaker

Professor Gray Kochhar-Lindgren, Director of the Common Core at the University of Hong Kong

Keynote Speaker

Professor Gray Kochhar-Lindgren, Director of the Common Core at the University of Hong Kong

Gray Kochhar-Lindgren is Professor & Director of the Common Core at the University of Hong Kong. With a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies from Emory University—in philosophy, literature, and cultural theory—he served as a Fulbright Scholar in 2009-10 working with colleagues across all eight Universities in Hong Kong on a major curricular reform that moved students from a 3-year to a 4-year degree. After serving as Professor of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences and the inaugural Associate Vice-Chancellor of Undergraduate Learning at the University of Washington-Bothell (just outside Seattle), Gray took up the Directorship of the Common Core@HKU in 2014. Since then, he has coordinated an expansion of the typology of courses, started a Student Consultancy programme and Hong Kong Learning Partners, initiated the More-Than-Human-City exchange with Utrecht University, launched GLADE (Global Liberal Arts Design Experiments), and been a recipient of both the HKU and the UGC Outstanding Teaching Awards (Teams) for Transdisciplinarity-in-Action. This past summer, in order to mark the unprecedented times in which we find ourselves, the Common Core created Unforeseen Circumstances: An Online Journal and Exhibit Space. Gray is now in the midst of co-designing, with students and colleagues, Critical Zones: Gender, Cities, and Well-Being, the Passion Project: Creating Work You Love, and a series of undergraduate research initiatives. Urban Arabesques: Philosophy, Hong Kong, Transversality (2020) is his most recent book and he is currently working on Noir: Thought, Art, and Ecology; Wilding the University; and a series of short fictions under the title After Magritte.

Highlights from TLC 2020

Inspired to think very deeply about interprofessional practices.”

Affirming day. Supported AUT culture well – student focused organisation.”

(TLC provided an) awareness of strategies for enhancing students’ experience.”

I found the models of practice and opportunities shared in the showcase session very relevant. I enjoyed the sharing of approaches to bring practice and reflection together.”

The range of sessions, coupled with the networking time was a great recipe.”