The 6th CLE Conference on Teaching and Learning successfully concluded on Saturday, December 2nd. The conference was held on the SUSTech campus at the School of Finance. The day included 2 keynote speakers, 26 presentations, and a poster session featuring SUSTech students.
The theme of the conference was “Creativity in Teaching and Inspiration for Learning.” Our presenters applied the theme to a diverse range of topics. General categories included:
· Creativity in Teaching
· Embracing Technology
· Motivating Learning
· English Medium Education
· Assessment & Feedback for Learning
Highlights of the morning were the keynote speakers. Dr. Dechao Li delivered a presentation on “Designing Problems for PBL Translator Training: A Corpus-Based Approach.” The project at Hong Kong Polytechnic University used Problem-Based-Learning.
Our second keynote speaker was Dr. Katherine Hoi Ying Chen, who discussed mindfulness. Her presentation, “Creating a Positive Classroom Climate and Inspiring Learning with Mindfulness” demonstrated the effectiveness of incorporating mindfulness training for both teachers and learners at the University of Macau.
Following the sessions on problem-based-learning and mindfulness, Dr. Lilia Shevyrdaeva moved on to materials design. Having completed production of a number of workbooks for students at Shenzhen MSU-BIT University, Dr. Shevyrdaeva gave her presentation “A Series of Thematic Workbooks for Biology Undergraduates: Materials Design Between ESP and CLIL.”
Martina Dorn from Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University delivered a presentation called “With a Little Help from my Friend A.I.” Professor Dorn demonstrated faculty use of A.I. in materials design.
Our own Center for Language Education featured in the next presentation, “From Freshmen Profile to Adjusting to EMI.” The group presentation was led by Dr. Qing Liu and included Adam Savran, Dr. Conrad Herrera, and Yang Luo. As part of a larger teaching team, they shared a portion of their course design and materials.
The final morning session, delivered by Dr. Zhuxia Fu of Shenzhen University. “Promoting L2 Writing Development Via a Concept-based Approach to Teaching Genre” showed the concept-based approach to the audience.
The break for lunch featured poster sessions from SUSTech students based on the conference theme. For every student in the poster sessions, this conference marked the first time they had ever presented at an academic conference!
The afternoon agenda of the conference held a large number of presentations in four different parallel sessions. Divided into two major time periods, each of the major time periods concluded with a “heads together” session to examine the common threads and shared opportunities among the sessions.
The 6th Annual Conference on Teaching and Learning brought us together and connected us through our passion for education. What will the 7th conference bring us next year? Come join us in 2024!