Virtual – Pedagogy
A Focus on Pedagogy

Teaching, Learning & Research in the Modern Academy
Event Date: April 20-22, 2022
Abstract Date: March 5, 2022
Ball State University, USA; University of Kassel, Germany; Beaconhouse National University, Pakistan; University of Pretoria, South Africa


Today the education sector is going through what most commentators see as an unprecedented period of change. The assumption is that in the wake of COVID-19, many standard modes of teaching and learning have changed forever. While that is undoubtedly true and of fundamental importance, many aspects of what we do remains the same. Our need to publish, bring in research funding, and get positive student assessments have not gone away. The knowledge we need to impart, and the mindsets we seek to loosen or develop, remain as engrained as ever. Similarly, long established research areas are still to be explored. Whether it be the environment, learning psychology, social networks, creative practice or design thinking, what we research remains relevant and pressing.

In addition, despite the ‘strangeness’ of the change around us, some disciplines find themselves in unexpectedly familiar domains. The digital arts, media and communication studies are operating on platforms many see as natural. The proponents of distance learning are employing techniques they had been honing for years. Acolytes of educational technologies are perfecting platforms they have been developing for decades. The effect of the pandemic on our teaching and research then, is far from uniform or wholly negative.

Set in this context, this conference reminds us that, in addition to the pandemic, there are other issues at play for educators and researchers today. Asking us to take a step back from the flux we have been in recently, it invites us to discuss both the radical realignments that have been necessary in recent times, and those aspects of our pedagogy that have continued unaffected by remote teaching. Bringing both sides of this coin together, the intention is to better grasp the tenor of teaching and research in today’s changing, and increasingly hybrid, academy.

Each of the partner universities at this conference will tackle this from their own unique perspective. Ball State University will examine sites, settings, location and context in the teaching and practice of spatial design. The University of Kassel will deal with data and complexity in teaching and practice. Beaconhouse National University are concerned with Interdisciplinary learning, research and practice, and the University of Pretoria looks at socially engaged teaching and learning.


  • Art and Design
  • Art Practice
  • Graphic Design
  • Digital Art
  • Spatial Design
  • Architecture
  • Social Sciences
  • Sociology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Media
  • Film
  • Communication Studies
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Urban Design
  • Sustainability
  • Engineering
  • Technology

Key Dates

Abstracts (Early)
30 June 2021
Abstract Feedback
30 July 2021
Abstracts (Round 1)
05 December 2021
20 December 2021
Abstracts (Round 2)
05 March 2022
15 March 2022
Registration Closes
05 April 2022


Ball State University
Sites, settings, location and context in teaching and practice
University of Kassel
Dealing with data and complexity in teaching and practice
Beaconhouse National University
Interdisciplinary learning, research and practice
University of Pretoria
Socially engaged teaching and learning


The conference welcomes case studies, design proposals, research projects, investigative papers and theoretical considerations in various formats allowing people to write a paper, present virtually in real time or present via film and have their presentation permanently available via the AMPS Youtube channel.

Zoom presentations
Pre-recorded Videos
Lightning Talks
Written Papers


The publishers that AMPS works with include UCL Press, Routledge Taylor & Francis, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Vernon Press, Libri Publishing and Intellect Books.


Conference outputs include the AMPS Proceedings Series, ISSN 2398-9467; Special Issue Publications of the academic journal Architecture_MPS ISSN 2020-9006; Books with the publishing houses listed above and short films available on the AMPS Academic YouTube Channel.


Written papers are optional.  If submitted they should be 3,000 word length. Formatting instructions to follow after the conference. All papers are double- blind peer reviewed for the AMPS Conference Proceedings Series. Subject to review, selected authors will be invited to develop longer versions as articles in the academic journal Architecture_MPS or in specially produced conference books.


Submissions & Registration

Click the relevant button to submit your abstract, full paper and/or video. Registration is open.

Delegate Fee: $350 USD | Audience Fee: $180 USD

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