"Imagining the Next 10 Years in Learning and Teaching"


Etienne and Beverly Wenger-Trayner are internationally renowned social learning theorists and consultants. Their pioneering work in the field of social learning has been influential in such diverse fields as business, government, international development, healthcare, and education. Their consulting practice specialises in contexts where there are large-scale social learning challenges. They bring people together across organisations, geography, sectors, and disciplines to address complex problems.

Etienne is known for his seminal work on communities of practice, and is currently Visiting Professor at the University of Brighton. Beverly is known for her work with international organisations including cross-boundary processes and the use of new technologies. Together they are developing and publishing conceptual frameworks and practices to address the learning challenges facing public and private organisations today.

Wednesday 6 April

Pre-colloquium talk and dinner: An Evening with Etienne and Beverley Wenger-Trayner

  • Time: 6.30pm - 8:30pm
  • Venue: TBC

Thursday 7 April

Pre-colloquium CPS/CPD workshop: "Planning and assessing the value(s) created by learning in communities"

  • Time: 9.30am - 11.30am
  • Venue: G23W, Central Building, XJTLU
  • Facilitators: Etienne and Beverley Wenger-Trayner

Colloquium Keynote: "Finding yourself in a landscape of practice - imagining the future of learning"

  • Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Venue: G23W, Central Building, XJTLU
  • Speakers: Etienne and Beverley Wenger-Trayner

Parallel sessions

  • Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Venue: Ground floor, Central Building, XJTLU

Friday 8 April

XJTLU Educational Technology Showcase: Providing updates about key technologies and presenting examples of good practice from across the University

  • Time: 9.30am - 11.00am
  • Venue: Room 1106, Central Building, XJTLU

Parallel sessions

  • Time: 11:00am - 1.00pm
  • Venue: 11th floor, Central Building, XJTLU

Closing lunch

  • Time: 1:00pm - 2.00pm
  • Venue: Room 1143, Central Building, XJTLU


Non-XJTLU participants: link to registration
XJTLU staff: link to registration


Early bird to 11 March 2016 RMB 600
Standard (after March 11 2016) RMB 1,000
Additional pre-colloquium dinner RMB 100

The registration fee includes the pre-colloquium workshop and the full colloquium programme. Early bird discount applies until Friday March 11 2016. The additional pre-colloquium talk and dinner is an additional RMB 100.

Bank information

RMB account:
收款人名称 西交利物浦大学
银行名称 中信银行苏州分行营业部
账号 7323010182400039389
汇款附言 2016教学研讨会

USD account (USD only):
Bank name: Agricultural Bank Of China, Suzhou Industrial Park Sub-Branch
Account name: Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
Account number: 10-551314040002014
Swift code: ABOCCNBJ103
Bank address: No.151 Cuiyuan Road, Suzhou Industrial Park, Suzhou, China
Remark: 2016Colloquium

Pre-arrival information

Please see the visit us section for details on how to get to XJTLU's campus.

Accommodation recommendations

  • Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool Conference Centre, RB 380/night, booking hotline: 13812651058 (Mr Hong), two-minutes walking distance to the university
  • Hanling Neighborhood Center Hotel, RMB 260/night, booking hotline: 0512-62869009. Ten-minutes walking distance to the university
  • Jingjiang Inn, RMB 260/night, booking hotline: 0512-86861010: Fifteen-minutes working distance to the university.

All the above options can be booked via the ctrip website.

Where to go when you arrive

If you are arriving on Wednesday 6 April for the pre-colloquium talk and dinner we will let you know via email where the dinner will take place. If you are arriving on Thursday for the pre-workshop and colloquium, please go directly to the ground floor of the Central Building at the University to register your attendance.

Food and drink

Tea, coffee, and water will be available all day. You are welcome to bring your own water bottle/container and refill regularly from the water dispensers dotted around the area. You will be provided with meal coupons for our Parfait Staff cafeteria in your welcome pack.