Pedagogical conversations and informal learning

Gabriela Pleschová, Torgny Roxå, Kate Thomson

8:30 – 12:00 (half-day morning workshop)

Findings from research suggest that communication about teaching and learning significantly contributes to the enhanced quality of learning and structures to support such communication may even be a necessary supplement of academic development courses. This includes conversations about teaching and learning among university teachers, exchange of teaching materials, reading and discussing pedagogic literature, organising and attending conferences on teaching and learning, etc.

The aim of this workshop is to discuss the impact of pedagogical conversations on teachers’ pedagogical conceptions and teaching practice. Different institutions have established diverse mechanisms to support pedagogical conversations and some have been in place for a number of years. We wish to showcase the power and potential of these conversations to facilitate the integration of knowledge from academic development courses into participant teachers’ practice.

This workshop will be based on preliminary findings from studies that shall appear in the specialised issue of International Journal for Academic Development devoted to pedagogical conversations and their potential to change practice. The workshop proposers serve as the guest editors to that issue. The studies to appear in the issue will evaluate the effects of pedagogical conversations at various universities including, for example, Lund, Sydney, Bratislava, Brno and Tartu. The workshop can result in mapping existing practice elsewhere.

The presenters acknowledge support from two Erasmus+ Strategic partnership grants and truly look forward to converstations with participant to advance existing knowledge and practice.