Thoughts on the Third Science Learning and Teaching Conference SLTC09

The third science learning and teaching conference was held in Heriot Watt, Edinburgh from 16-17th June 2009. This was my first visit to this conference and I was suitably impressed. The organisation of the event by HEA staff from the Physical Science, Bioscience and Materials Science subject centres was good and the venue itself conducive to networking.

Highlights for me were the opportunities for networking and meeting colleagues I had previous only encountered in silico and to experience the amplification of the conferece through twitter #sltc09.

The speakers ranged from the experienced (some faces I recognised from the Variety in Chemistry Education meeting last year!) to those dipping their toes in the pedagogic conference scene for the first time. All made for a good meeting.

My own feeling that pedagogy is better represented in some institutions that others was again reinforced. A quick glance at the 130 or so delegates on the list reveals a number of universities where only one representative was in attendance in contrast with the likes of the Universities of Manchester, Leicester and Limerick with their contingents of interested pedagogues.

Due to personal interest I was drawn towards the “technology” related presentations though strangely in the session where I was presenting the technology failed – twice – once during my own talk! For those who missed it the slides are below.

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