Education Symposia and Fora

LSE Education Symposium 2021

Thursday 10 & Friday 11 June

Our annual Education Symposium took place online on Thursday 10 June (pm) and Friday 11 June (am) via Zoom. Our focus was ‘What will an LSE education look like in 2030?

Over two half-day sessions, we encouraged the School community of educators to reflect on the tumultuous and intensely adaptive year behind them, and to contribute to understanding and developing the emerging challenges of the years ahead of us.

The event featured TeachMeet presentations* from LSE colleagues, panels and perspectives from newer and experienced academics and guest external keynote speakers Kathe Pelletier, Mark McCormack and D. Christopher Brooks from EDUCAUSE and Gilly Salmon

Take a look at the full Final 2021 schedule

*for those unfamiliar with 'TeachMeets', please see this useful summary document, especially if you're interested in presenting at a future Education Forum. If you are, please contact us on


Lent Term 2021 Education Forum

We were pleased to welcome LSE colleagues to the Lent Term Education Forum on Wednesday 24 February from 2-4pm via Zoom. Our focus was: Designing engaging learning opportunities at LSE’. You can view the Forum schedule here.

Halfway through Lent Term Week 6 seemed like an opportune moment to come together to explore our experiences of blended approaches to teaching, learning and community-building.

Attendees shared their experiences of the current teaching environment using Zoom chat and Yammer. Key issues they identified included student engagement and community building, and methods and tools within online learning.

You can watch five student speakers talk about their views on online teaching and learning at LSE on our Eden Centre YouTube channel.

Engagement and Community

Attendees had apprehensions about student participation in online classes, but also reported positive new forms of engagement. Staff attendees had seen students making more use of Moodle discussion forums, and an increase in their submission of formative assessment. Students have appreciated live Q&A sessions accompanying recorded lectures, contributing at a high conceptual level. Supporting this, Moodle Hot Questions has allowed students to submit questions as they arise during independent study (see a UCL Hot Questions case study).

Staff were also concerned that students struggled to build a sense of community, with first year students being at a particular disadvantage. Students have needed to move back and forth between on-campus and online attendance, and seminar group membership has been less stable as a result.

In this context, study groups and social mentoring sessions have been a useful support. At group meetings with academic mentors, students value meeting peers from their programme, even when they do not take the same classes. General Course students have a very popular ‘Study Buddy’ platform on the Teams Virtual Common Room; students post their courses, and then form their own study groups. Management have set up optional study groups, based on year groups and electives, and are happy to share the resources they have created. (See Eden Centre guidance on study groups)

Staff were also finding it harder to maintain their community, but several attendees enjoyed the closer working relationships formed between departments, the Library and the Eden Centre. 

Online and hybrid teaching

Hybrid teaching was described by many as a difficult approach, requiring new skills and the rethinking of common teaching aids (such as whiteboards).

Teaching entirely online generally seen as easier. Some simple tools have been highly effective over the last year; for example, the chat window in Zoom has allowed less vocal students to ask questions. It has also enabled them to send questions directly to the tutor, using 'private chat', in a manner similar to the anonymous Q&A forum on Moodle. Students can conduct parallel conversations in chat although these are easier to manage if a GTA moderator is supporting the class/seminar.

Other teaching tools under discussion included Office365 for linking preparation and contact time, and Teams for discussions. Mentimeter was popular for polling, but TurningPoint is also available!

Students' cameras within Zoom remained a hot topic, with attendees noting it was hard to strike the right balance between facilitating an interactive class, giving students autonomy, and accounting for connectivity issues.

We will be posting videos from the Student Education Panel contributor here and on our Eden Centre YouTube channel shortly.

Michaelmas Term 2020 Education Forum

The Michaelmas Term 2020 LSE Education Forum took place on Tuesday 10 November from 2-4pm via Zoom.

Given the hard work LSE colleagues have been doing to design and deliver high quality inclusive education to their students, both face to face and online, the focus was on ‘Flexible modes of education in Michaelmas Term 2020: taking stock and looking forwards’.

LSE Education Symposium 2019 short film

Education Symposium 2019 summary film Education Symposium 2019 summary film


Previous Education Symposia

LSE Education Symposium 2020

This was held on Tuesday 16 June (1-3pm). It was purely an online event for the first time, due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Download the ST2020 LSE Education Forum Schedule here 

Pro-Director for Education Dilly Fung and other LSE colleagues contributed to a panel debate on the question “Post COVID-19, will education at LSE return to business as usual, or will there be lasting change?”, while staff from across the School talked about how they have adapted their approach to teaching and learning in response to the challenges of the global pandemic. The Forum closed with an eye firmly towards the future, with discussion groups focusing on LSE Curriculum Shift 2020 and planning for the coming academic year. 

You can watch presentations given at the Forum by our colleagues below:

Jacob Breslow (Department of Gender Studies)

Rishita Nandagiri (Department of International Development)

Jet G. Sanders (LSE Psychological and Behavioural Science)

LSE Education Symposium 2019

This took place on Thursday 2 May at The Lincoln Centre and two smaller LSE venues. See below for a summary of the schedule. You can download a more detailed programme schedule for the Symposium here.

The event featured presentations from members of the first cohort of LSE Student Change Makers.

The event was followed by the LSE Teaching Awards held in the Saw Swee Hock building in the evening.

Both LSE Director Dame Minouche Shafik and Pro-Director for Education Professor Dilly Fung addressed the Symposium in the afternoon. 

LSE Education Symposium 2019 schedule

Symposium 2019 schedule


 Lincoln Centre                                     



Parallel session - staff presenting

Chair: Claire Gordon

Frederic Basso, PBS

George Tzougas, Statistics


Parallel session - staff presenting

Chair: Sara Camacho-Felix

Leigh Jenco, Government

Sonya Onwu, Law









LSE Director's Welcome

Martha Ojo, LSESU

Change Makers at stalls


Change Makers presenting

Change Makers at stalls



Change Makers at stalls


Change Makers presenting

Change Makers at stalls





Parallel session - staff presenting

Chair: Lee-Ann Sequeira

Patrick Dunleavy, Government

Alex Voorhoeve, Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method

Parallel session - staff presenting

Chair: Mark Baltovic

Frank Cowell and Kasia Krajniewska, Economics

Patrick Wallis, Economic History


Keynote - Dilly Fung, Pro-Director for Education 






LSE Education Symposium 2018

The LSE Education Symposium 2018 focused on celebrating the best of education at LSE. It took place on Wednesday 9 May from 12.30-18.00 in the Parish Hall. 


12.30- Lunch and poster display

13.20- Welcome

13.30 - 14.15 Session 1 options

Teaching in a team: with Dr Sadie Wearing, Dr Jessica Templeton, Dr Jillian Terry, Chiara Sotis

Peer mentoring: with Dr Pik Liew and students

Academic Advising: with Sophie Wise

Capture the Market: with Geraldine Foley, Dr Jose Olivas-Osuna

14.25- 15.10 Session 2 options

London as my Lab: with Dr Taylor Sherman, Dr Ioanna Gouseti, Dr Tom Smith

Learning through film-making: with Dr Shani Orgad, Dr Lijing Shi

Building student community: with Adam Judge, Carl-Ludwig Campbell, Dr Richard Perkins

The Long Day of Young Peng (An Anthropology game): with Dr Andrea Pia

15.35 - 16.20 Session 3 options

LSE LIFE: Sunny side up – Engaging students by making connections: with Dr Erik Baurdoux, Maria Bell, Maria Laura Rojas-Vallejo, Gemma Stansfield and Jack Winterton

Blended learning: with Dr Savvas Verdis, Darren Moon

The Lottery of Life (A Social Policy game)

16.30- Professor Dilly Fung, Pro-Director for Education (Designate) will give the closing address:

Excellent education in research-rich institutions: towards a menu of opportunities for the LSE

What is distinctive about studying in LSE's research-rich culture? How can we build on this so that students from all backgrounds feel fully included, as co-investigators and producers of knowledge, in our scholarly community? In this session Professor Dilly Fung will explore a menu of opportunities for departments.

17.00- 18.00 Soft drinks and snacks ahead of the Students' Union Teaching Awards 2018