At the nexus of learning and innovation
December 4, 2:00 pm

Rm 2280 (the Sandpit) of the Abercrombie Building H70, University of Sydney Camperdown Campus

Lecture Theatres of the Future? The Leeds experience

A CRLI Learning and Innovation seminar, hosted by our Learning Spaces SIG

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Rm 2280 (the Sandpit) of the Abercrombie Building H70, University of Sydney Camperdown Campus

In 2016 the University of Leeds refurbished 3 tiered lecture theatres in different locations across the campus. Although the concept of collaborative lecture theatres had already been implemented at Queen’s University Belfast and Loughborough University, a key feature of the Leeds project is the integrated digital technology. The intention was that the redesigned space and technology would allow more group work, interaction, communication and recording.  

In 2017-18 I undertook a qualitative project looking at the use and impact of the Collaborative Lecture Theatres, focusing on the staff experience. The research had two main areas of inquiry. The first element was the development of a number of case studies to gain an understanding of the extent to which the materiality of the learning space shapes teaching practice. The fieldwork combined class observation with interviews with staff. The second element of the project sought to identify the institutional factors that promote or hinder the adoption of different instructional strategies in the Collaborative Lecture Theatres and in delivering broader curriculum change. For this element of the project I interviewed key role holders in relation to student education within the two Faculties where two of the Collaborative Lecture Theatres are located.

In the seminar I will report on the findings from my research and ask whether such Collaborative Lecture Theatres are indeed the lecture theatres of the future.

  • When: Tues Dec 4th, 2.00-3.30 (light refreshments from 1.45pm)
  • Where: Rm 2280 (the Sandpit), Abercrombie Building H70, University of Sydney
  • No registration is needed, just come on the day
  • This seminar will be recorded

Norma Clement smiling Bio: Norma Martin Clement, Professor of Law, University of Leeds, UK

I am Pro-Dean: International for the Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law (ESSL) at the University of Leeds, having undertaken the role of Pro-Dean for Student Education between 2009 and 2017.  In my current role I am responsible for developing new international research and teaching collaborations and acting as an ambassador for the University during overseas visits and in hosting international visitors to Leeds.  I have worked in the School of Law at the University of Leeds since 1984 where I lecture in family and child law. I have a long-standing interest in legal education.  In 2017-2018 I was a Leeds Institute of Teaching Excellence (LITE) Teaching Enhancement Project Leader evaluating the use and impact of Collaborative Lecture Theatres in the University. 


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