#ANTF17 National Teaching Fellow Symposium 

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I count myself as very fortunate to be part of such a passionate community that is the Association of National Teaching Fellows.
This years annual symposium was once again a tapestry of rich discussion, critical thought and exchange of ideas.

The association continues to provide a platform from which to discuss “issues” of the day and this was highlighted by the evenings speakers, Ant Bagshaw from WONKHE & Helen Higson from Aston University (also NTF & TEF Panel Member).

It was hard not to bring up the TEF, and sure enough it was a topic of conversation & debate, but to summarise I think we agreed that we welcome the ideas within the TEF to raise the profile of teaching, but we were disappointed at the metrics being used & lack of real evidence that they will actually be any use in measuring teaching excellence.

Many thanks to the committee for organising & I look forward to further discussions over the coming months.

I have included sketch notes of sessions, with associated Twitter text.

@niallhamilton critical of the link of TEF to increased fees.
@niallhamilton “TEF is trash” it doesn’t work for students.
@pekneale talking about student induction – should we focus on developing self efficacy?
@pekneale talking about the importance of social intevgration and sense of belonging.
Discussing the use of formative assessment and feedback to deepen learning and engage learners.
@cbkandiko discussing learning analytics – data collection is only part of the story.
How do we bridge the gap between #TEF & #REF @drhelenking

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