The 16th Annual Galway Symposium on Higher Education

Design for Learning (2018)

The theme of this year's CELT Symposium #CELT18 is Design for Learning. Together we will explore the design and use of Teaching and Learning Spaces in Higher Education, particularly those that facilitate active learning, collaboration, and student engagement. Our keynote speakers will be: Donna Lanclos , Alastair Blyth, and Lorna Campbell

You can read more about the symposium in our press release.

 Registration for the Symposium is now closed. 


Download the full timetable: CELT18 Timetable



Architect and Senior Lecturer, University of Westminster

@alastairblyth and 

Alastair Blyth is an architect and research analyst specialising in learning environments and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Architecture at the University of Westminster. A key theme of his work is how the physical environment supports the needs of learning and how to ‘reimagine’ the learning space. Alastair is the co-author of several OECD surveys and policy reviews, including Higher Education Spaces and Places for learning, innovation and knowledge exchange.

 Re-imagining Learning Spaces in Higher Education

With more students, rapid technological change and digital innovation, pressure on funding, rising costs and changing education demand universities are being forced to rethink their space. It seems a contradiction to suggest that universities have to provide more space yet reduce the amount of it. This keynote presentation will consider some of the key global trends driving change in higher education, the consequences for the space we use and ask what might the university of the future look like?


Open educator, OER Service, University of Edinburgh

Founder, Open Scotland initiative

@LornaMCampbell and

Lorna Campbell works for the University of Edinburgh’s OER Service within the Learning, Teaching, and Web Services Directorate, where her work includes strategies for embedding and supporting open education and OER within the institution. Lorna is a Trustee of Wikimedia UK and of the Association for Learning Technology and a member of the Open Knowledge Open Education Working Group Advisory Board. Lorna has twenty years’ experience working in education technology and open education policy and practice. She regularly speaks at academic conferences and workshops and has published widely.

The Soul of Liberty - Openness, equality and co-creation

"Equality is the soul of liberty; there is, in fact, no liberty without it.”  - Frances Wright (1795 - 1852)

What do we mean when we talk about openness in relation to digital teaching and learning spaces, resources, communities and practices?  How open and equitable are our open online education spaces and who are they open to? Lorna’s talk will focus on open education, OER, open practice, MOOCs, and Wikimedia and will explore different and sometimes contradictory definitions and understandings of openness in these contexts.  She will also touch on the structural inequalities that prevent some groups and individuals from participating in open education and, using innovative examples from the University of Edinburgh, look at how we can engage with students to co-create more equitable, inclusive and participatory open education spaces, communities and resources. 


Anthropologist, Ethnographer

@DonnaLanclos and

Donna Lanclos is an anthropologist working with ethnographic methods and analysis to inform and change policy in higher education, in particular in and around libraries, learning spaces, and active learning pedagogies and practices. She has conducted fieldwork investigating academic practices in the UK, Ireland, and the US, as part of a team and also as a solo researcher. She regularly presents workshops and talks on issues of digital practices and institutional change.

What do we mean by Active Learning?         

Donna Lanclos starts from her experiences within an organization concerned with setting up the physical environments and then supporting active learning practices on a large university campus. Inherent in institutional turns to “active learning” are questions about pedagogy, space, and the ways in which universities do (or do not) create places for teaching faculty and students to reflect on and implement new practices, not just reproduce the old ones in new spaces. She draws on her work in libraries and elsewhere in HE and FE to ask questions about teaching, learning, place and practice, and what it all might mean for educational institutions in a time of financial scarcity and political precarity.