Join Wonkhe and Adobe as we dive into the ideas, insight, and projects that are reimagining higher education teaching and learning.

At our monthly online event we’ll bring together higher education leaders, academics, practitioners, and change makers to share the latest thinking on how fostering digital literacies can unlock curriculum and pedagogic challenges.

Together we’ll explore what’s inspiring the pedagogic community, and share ideas and examples of change in action, and – crucially – how to bring that change about.

Coming up: Skills to thrive – 11 October

The debate around the skills that students acquire and need both from and beyond higher education has always been significant. This focus on skills came under the spotlight particularly during the pandemic and Wonkhe and Adobe worked jointly on a piece of research to help understand this – more of which later. But as we move beyond the pandemic, we still want to consider which skills are needed and how this can be best delivered in higher education. Hosted by Wonkhe director of partnerships Aaron Porter and Adobe pedagogical evangelist Mark Andrews, with guest Professor Shân Wareing (DVC, Northampton University) and Clare Dyson (Associate Professor Digital Literacies, Swinburne University).

Join us online from 12.00-13.00 on 11 October 2022 – register on the sidebar →

Past events

Thursday 21 July 12.00-1.00pm: Giving people the clever tools they need

With guests Rachel Dodd, Senior Lecturer in Digital Journalism, Teesside University; Mimi Harmer and Jean Sarunporn students. Hosted by Wonkhe director of partnerships Aaron Porter and Adobe pedagogical evangelist Mark Andrews.

Thursday 30 June – Telling the story of changing pedagogy

With guests Cara Aitchison, Vice-Chancellor, Cardiff Metropolitan University; Emma Leech, Director of Marketing & Communication, Nottingham Trent University; Ashmita Randhawa, Honorary Research Fellow at the SKOPE Research Centre at the University of Oxford. Hosted by Wonkhe’s Founder & Editor in Chief Mark Leach and Adobe pedagogical evangelist Mark Andrews.

Pedagogy and playfulness – 27 May 2022

***Apologies for the technical problems on this recording***
Our collective first experience of learning is through play – trial and error, experimentation, and learning through practice. Early years and primary pedagogies use play to make learning experiential, creative, and fun. But play can be serious, too – fostering competencies that allow students and graduates to cross disciplinary boundaries, practise innovation, and build effective bonds for collaboration. How might higher education (re)discover and harness the power of play?

With guests Susannah Quinsee, vice president (digital and student experience), City, University of London; Isaiah Wellington-Lynn, lead on coaching and integration, London Interdisciplinary School; Claire Hughes, head of undergraduate and partnerships, Solent Business School, Solent University. Hosted by Wonkhe director of partnerships Aaron Porter and Adobe pedagogical evangelist Mark Andrews.

You can access Claire Hughes’ slides used during the event here.

Co-creation for innovation – 26 April 2022

Working with others – students, employers, or colleagues in other disciplines or professional areas – can be a powerful stimulus for fresh thinking. But it also demands a change of approach – often from assuming the mantle of expertise, to being a novice (again) – and a close attention to the subtle power structures that shape professional interactions. We’ll be discussing the pedagogic practice and competencies of co-creation, and how taking it digital can enlarge the possibilities.

With guests Sam Grogan, pro vice-chancellor, University of Salford; Michelle Darlington, head of knowledge transfer, University of Cambridge. Hosted by Wonkhe editor Debbie McVitty and Adobe pedagogical evangelist Mark Andrews.

You can read Adobe’s article on Co-creation for innovation: Enhancing pedagogic strategy through student expertise here.

Changing assessment – 31 March 2022

Among the many changes to learning and teaching brought by the pandemic, universities have accelerated moves to rethink assessment, including adopting more of a programme level approach, introducing more student choice in assessment, and linking approaches to assessment more closely to students’ wellbeing, success, and post-graduation aspirations. We’ll be discussing the sticky issue of changing something so totemic in pedagogy, and exploring how bringing digital literacy into assessment thinking can infuse energy and creativity into the curriculum.

With guests Tansy Jessop, pro vice chancellor for education, University of Bristol; Sam Elkington, principal lecturer (learning and teaching), Teesside University; Leah Henrickson, lecturer in digital media, University of Leeds. Hosted by Wonkhe editor Debbie McVitty and Adobe pedagogical evangelist Mark Andrews.

You can read Adobe’s article on Changing assessment: embedding pedagogic innovation in a post-pandemic world here.

You might be interested in…Wonkhe and Adobe’s recent series of interviews with leaders of learning and teaching on how assessment is changing.