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10th Nov: Real-Life Learning Mini-Conference at DMU

November 10, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Centre for Academic Innovation (CAI) and the Public Engagement and Sustainability teams are holding an online mini-conference on Wednesday 10 November, 10am-1pm.

This virtual event will explore the pedagogy of experiential, community and business-engaged approaches to learning at DMU.

Book your place

Please complete the registration form to sign up. Once registered, please block the time out in your diary as you will receive joining details closer to the event.

About the event

Using the concept of ‘real-life learning’, we will introduce stories and experiences of how this approach can be incorporated into teaching practice, and explore some of the highs and lows along the way.

Our panel discussion will focus on sharing direct experience of embedding this approach in courses at DMU, and incorporate partner feedback on how it feels to work with colleagues to address key societal challenges.

The mini-conference will be followed by seminars later in the month, which will continue to explore the different aspects of real-life learning.

The programme:


  • Fi Donovan – Head of Public Engagement
  • Dr Andrew Reeves – Senior Lecturer in Energy and Sustainable Development
  • Professor Momodou Sallah –  Director, Centre for Academic Innovation
Practice and experience sharing
A series of short talks to illustrate the real-life learning approach from a range of perspectives:

  • Using experiential learning as a key approach to embed Education for Sustainable Development in an Engineering module. Kegong Diao, Senior Lecturer & Leticia Ozawa-Meida, Senior Research Fellow
  • Putting the action in Real Life Learning. Ros Lishman, Associate Head of Department (Academic) & Alistair Jones, Associate Professor
  • T-Extinction project. Sally Gaukrodger-Cowan, Senior Lecturer, Carolyn Hardaker, Head of School, Fashion & Buddy Penfold, Associate Professor
  • DMU Forensics: Tripartite experiential Learning from Crime Scene to Court. Leisa Nichols-Drew, Associate Professor Forensic Biology
  • Education for Sustainability: Transforming students’ relationship with nature. David Cudworth, Associate Professor
  • Teachers teaching accounting or learners learning accounting? Experiences using an accounting focused business simulation.  Darren Sparkes, Associate Professor and Neil Young, Senior Lecturer
Plenary panel discussion:
What are the opportunities and challenges when putting real-life learning into practice?
Noon-1pmHost: Sarah ThompsonOur host will be joined by Adele Browne, Head of Graduate Success, Student and Academic Services; Sunita Patel, Public Engagement Manager; as well as academics, students and community partners.





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