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The Compassionate Conference – transforming learning through pedagogies of care

June 28, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 4:10 pm



Hopeful, affective, and compassionate approaches to learning, teaching and assessment offer opportunities for transformational educational experiences for our students and for ourselves (Freire 1992; hooks 2003; Patience 2008; Gilbert et al 2017). These approaches place relationship building and care for others at the centre and highlight the role of teachers in recognising and addressing institutional and classroom practices that disadvantage students (Hao 2011).

Thus, these approaches seek to benefit all but critically recognise the importance of compassionate pedagogies for those whose experiences and voices are already marginalised by common teaching, learning and assessment methods in Higher Education. Perhaps more than ever before, the pandemic has foregrounded the value of relationships, the importance of wellbeing, and has highlighted a range of challenges for many of our staff and students.

The online conference will explore how in difficult times we can take hopeful and compassionate approaches to teaching and assessment for transformational learning, both in person and on-line.

Conference schedule

10 am to 11 am Morning Keynote

  • ‘Making change for good: using assessment and feedback to foster engagement and effective learning’ with Professor Sally Brown and Professor Kay Sambell.

11:30 am to 12:30 pm Parallel sessions

  • Teaching that cares and challenges
  • Caring for future generations – engaging students with sustainable futures

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm Parallel sessions

  • Decolonising the curriculum – from theory to practice
  • Wellbeing in learning and assessment

3 pm to 4 pm Parallel sessions

  • Compassionate assessment and feedback
  • Nurturing student agency

4 pm  to 4:10pm plenary with Tansy Jessop and Ros O’Leary

Full conference details and abstracts

Visit the conference page for full session details and keynote speaker bios. https://bilt.online/the-compassionate-conference/

Joining instructions

Zoom links will be provided a few working days before the conference.


June 28, 2022
10:00 am - 4:10 pm