Format guides

Please note that the peer review process may recommend a proposal is presented in a different format than initially submitted. Session facilitators will be provided by the Exchange and will assist with timing and facilitation.

  • Please note that these are intended to be guides, and individual presentation timings may differ slightly.

Workshop (45 – 50 minutes)

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A workshop is a fully participatory and experiential session where colleagues can engage, discuss and reflect on a focused topic, theme or aspect of educational practice. It’s your opportunity to be creative: we encourage alternative formats such as visual, sound, video or performance approaches that particularly suit our UAL context.

Paper (15mins + 10mins discussion)

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This is an opportunity to give a 15 minute oral, visual, film or slide presentation outlining your research, project or curriculum innovation. It can be useful to prepare 2-3 focused questions at the end of each presentation to start the discussion. Papers are normally paired sessions, so someone else will present directly before or after you.

Panel Discussion (45 – 50 minutes)

This format brings together, for example, 3 linked presentations of approximately 10 minutes around a shared topic, with 15 minutes for discussion facilitated by a proposed Chair. These sessions provide the opportunity for networking, to bring together colleagues from different disciplines or Colleges. They can also be used to gain attendee feedback to develop work-in-progress.

Lightning talk (5 mins + 5mins discussion)

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Lightning talks are deliberately short. Based on the “pecha kucha” format, each presentation includes a maximum of 20 slides so each slide might advance every 15 seconds. The concise talks stimulate ideas and discussion and enable multiple speakers to contribute to a theme. Lightning talks are an excellent format for sharing a teaching innovation or an interesting solution to a problem from your experience. You will usually present alongside 3-4 others during a Lightning talk session. Discussion time is often most effective when pooled at the end of the presentations.

Flip Session (30 Minutes)

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Propose a flip session if you would like participants to have seen materials before attending. There is an advance deadline for these sessions, where all materials are uploaded online or sent to attendees prior to the conference day itself. Booking a place requires attendees to confirm they will engage with your materials beforehand.

Conversation (25 or 45 minutes)

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This is a more informal space to think aloud with others. You can table a topic for conversation and plan your session with fellow presenter/s. However, if you are brave enough to propose a topic you deem to be necessary, or neglected, for a short or in-depth conversation with whoever turns up on the day, please, go ahead! Note: all conversation sessions will have a named Chair, either someone you propose or someone provided by the Exchange who meets the presenter/s beforehand.

Innovative Format / Other (Variable durations)

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Please provide a description of your focus, activity and materials, as well as a clear explanation of the concept and purpose of the event. For example, we had a CSM roof-top dye-garden event and a wandering remote access event last year, as well as numerous collective presentations. Almost anything is possible

Upcoming dates

8 March – Open Call

7 May, Midday 12pm – Submission deadline

Early June – Programme Publication

9 July – Conference day