Teaching & Learning


Can you hear at the back? (F2F) 10 November

10 November 2021, 10:30 am–12:00 pm


Can you hear at the back? Developing effective communication skills in our physical teaching spaces.

Event Information

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UCL Arena Centre


115 (Lecture Theatre)
Torrington Place
United Kingdom

Wednesday 10 November 10:30-12:00

UCL Arena Centre will deliver this session, which is open to all staff at UCL who teach students.

This session is for all staff who are involved in face-to-face teaching, whether in lecture theatres, seminar rooms, labs or other physical spaces.

Many of us are coming back to teaching in physical spaces for the first time in a while. We also face additional challenges of teaching with masks, our students spaced out in large rooms, and sometimes a lack of confidence in our ability to be heard. 

This session aims to address what effective communication looks like, and how to improve communication channels between ourselves and our students. It will focus on the tools we have at our disposal: our voice, body language, technology, supporting materials as well as optimising our teaching activities for engagement. Please bring and wear your mask if you are able, and be ready to engage and speak out in the session. 

The session will involve around 1 hour in total of pre-work and post-work and a 90-minute face-to-face workshop.


About the Speaker

Karen Matthewman

Senior Teaching Fellow at Arena centre

Karen Matthewman teaches across Arena's professional development provision and supports UCL staff looking to undertake Arena fellowship applications.

She works closely witht the Faculty of Brain Sciences to enhance their education provision:

Her background is in Applied Linguistics, and her current research interests include:

  • Inclusive education and developing a sense of belonging for staff and students
  • Differences in academic practices across discipline