11th Annual Learning and Teaching Confernce, University of Glasgow

Statue on Lion & Unicorn Staircase, Main Building, Professors’ Square

This year saw the first ever 2 day annual Learning and Teaching Conference which was held at the University of Glasgow, which took place on the 28th and 29th March 2018 . It has been described as  “phenomenal” from its programme. This year’s theme was Learning Spaces, with a focus on Visualisation in Learning and Teaching on the first day. This year’s conference had six sub-themes:

Visualisation in learning and teaching
Learning in a virtual space
Promoting active learning in the classroom
Learning in practice
Independent learning
Inclusive and accessible spaces

It had keynote talks from Dr Claudia Krebs, University of British Columbia; Professor Paul Chapman, School of Simulation and Visualisation, The Glasgow School of Art, Adam Finkelstein, McGill University and Invited Speaker Mr David Sime who lectures on behalf of Google and the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Numerous talks were given on the above themes by staff and students, with exhibitor stalls from the following companies, demonstrating technologies in Visualisation, Augmented and Virtual Reality, and internal stalls from the University of Glasgow:

Canon Medical Research Europe Ltd
eCom Scotland
E-VR
Glasgow School of Art
Primal Pictures
Swivl
Touch Surgery

University of Glasgow stalls:

CSPE VR/AR Lab
Illusions Index
Learning Enhancement and Academic Development Service (LEADS) and Glasgow University’s Teaching Tips Online (GUSTTO)
Library, Archives and IT
Peer Support Programme and Counselling & Psychological Services (CAPS)

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About Paul Rea

Paul graduated in Medicine from the University of Glasgow and then went into clinical training in a wide range of hospital specialties. He was then appointed as an Associate Lecturer in Anatomy at the University of Glasgow teaching medical, dental and science students. During his time as an Associate Lecturer in Anatomy, he was awarded a scholarship to undertake a part time MSc in craniofacial anatomy alongside his teaching duties. This won the Scottish Royal Medico-Chirurgical Society of Glasgow prize. He returned to clinical practice in pathology receiving training in all areas of histopathology, cytopathology and post-mortem analysis. He returned to the University of Glasgow appointed as a University Teacher and promoted to Senior Lecturer. He is a Licensed Teacher of Anatomy, appointed by St. Andrew’s House, Edinburgh. He teaches across the medical, dental and science programmes. He holds a PhD in neuroscience, DipFMS, SFHEA and FRSA. Paul has published over 150 items as books, book chapters, journal articles, abstracts, conference proceedings and has presented his work at many national and international conferences. He is the lead for public engagement in anatomy, has been a Meet the Expert with the Glasgow Science Centre, and was key to the anatomical input to the international exhibition BodyWorks, as a member of its Advisory Committee. He is a STEM ambassador. His research involves a successful strategic partnership with the School of Simulation and Visualisation, The Glasgow School of Art. This has led to multi-million pound investment in creating world leading 3D digital datasets to be used in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching to enhance learning and assessment. This successful collaboration has resulted in the creation of the world’s first taught MSc in Medical Visualisation and Human Anatomy combining anatomy and digital technologies with internationally recognised leading digital experts. Paul is the Programme Leader for this degree.

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