External Keynote Lecture – Professor Peter Felten

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Tuesday 5 July, 14.00-15.30, Online

Relationship-rich education and the future of teaching

Professor Peter Felten


The novelist Arundhati Roy has written that historically pandemics prompt ‘humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew.’ A liminal moment like this is rare, exciting, and perilous. In this interactive session, we will ‘imagine anew’ teaching and learning in ways that put staff-student and student-student relationships at the heart of our pedagogy and our students’ experiences. Drawing on more than 400 interviews with students and staff in U.S. higher education, we will explore how relationships are a flexible, equitable, scalable, and humane approach to ensuring that all students experience welcome and care, become inspired to learn, and explore the big questions that matter for their lives and our communities.


Peter Felten is Professor of History, Executive Director of the Center for Engaged Learning, and Assistant Provost for Teaching and Learning at Elon University, North Carolina, USA. Peter has published six books about undergraduate education including (with Leo Lambert), Relationship-Rich Education: How Human Connections Drive Success in College (2020). His next book, a student guide to relationship-rich education, is co-authored with Isis Artze-Vega, Leo Lambert, and Oscar Miranda, will be published by Johns Hopkins University Press in early 2023 (with an open access online version free to all readers). He has served as President of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) and also of the POD Network, the U.S. professional organization for academic developers. He is a Fellow of the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, a foundation that works to advance equity in higher education. 

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