In this blog post, we will revisit the 7th Business School Teaching and Learning Exchange that took place on Wednesday 21st of July 2021. It was our third online event held via MS Teams. The exchange aimed to provide an opportunity to reflect back on a period of intense and unexpected change and the opportunity to look forward and learn from the responses to these changes. The theme of the event allowed us to reflect on the new landscape for teaching in the shorter and longer term.
The event was opened by Caroline Wiertz, who gave an excellent presentation on the journey of changing the Business Schools name to Bayes Business School. Caroline spoke about the new name’s values and discussed the change’s practical implications for teaching and learning. Furthermore, hybrid teaching was a hot topic during the event. Scott Moeller shared his observations, reflections, and valuable tips on using hybrid teaching to teach MBA students. Bobby Banerjee was next to talk about Decolonising the Business School Curriculum. He shared sector-wide observations and considerations, as well as what is being done at the school level in terms of a curriculum review.
We also welcomed students’ perspectives during the Teaching and Learning Exchange. LEaD’s Dr Ruth Windscheffel interviewed Jessica Andrews and Salman Jammal. They shared a bit on what it was like to be a student during the last academic year and what could be improved going forward in terms of learning online, university systems, and building a sense of student community.
Following a short break, John Muscat and Julia Baskakova from INTO presented how they run foundation programmes in a joint venture with City, University of London. Among other things, Julia and John talked about the skills developed by students and the assessment strategies aimed at preparing students for university life. They also reflected back on emergency teaching and assessment strategies in the past year.
In line with the event’s theme, Martin Rich shared the Deans’ Perspective on looking back and reviewing what worked well and what did not and looking forward to what is ahead of us in terms of the challenges and opportunities over the next academic year.
Lastly, Leonard Houx presented “Test Drive: What we have learned about regularly testing distance students” with many handy little hints to help enhance the process of writing quiz questions and regularly using quizzes to support student learning.