Saturday, 18 August 2018

Fwd: Transforming Assessment Webinars - nuance in written and audio feedback 4 Apr 2018 [JISCmail]

1) Recording available: "Unlocking the code to digital literacy - implications for learning and assessment" held 1 Aug 2018.
Presenter: Associate Professor Jo Coldwell-Neilson (Deakin University, Australia)
In this session Jo will argued for an updated definition and understanding of digital literacy that encapsulates the broader, ubiquitous nature of digital technologies, together with the elements that underpin the understanding. This provides a framework to scaffold and contextualise digital literacy learning through the curriculum and inform assessment practices to ensure our graduates are prepared for a digitally enhanced workplace.
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2) Next session: "Virtual work integrated learning" 5 Sep 2018.
Presenter: A/Prof Sally Male (University of Western Australia, Australia)
This session will explore the 'Virtual Work Integrated Learning in Engineering' project that developed, tested and established an approach for non-placement engagement with engineering practice for engineering students. Learning modules involve authentic tasks, virtual sites, simulations and/or electronic interaction with engineers. Learning modules, results of testing, and next steps will be presented.
Further information and registration:

3) Australian e-Exams Symposium and workshop series (online access 31 Aug)

a) A series of workshops looking at the preliminary findings of the Australian Government funded 'Transforming Exams Across Australia' project will be held in most Australian capital cities over the remainder of 2018.
*** Online attendance is available for the session on 31 Aug 2018 ***
The project focused on enabling authentic e-assessment in exam rooms involving 10 Australian university partners.
The workshops feature a two session format comprising an executive briefing followed by a workshop.

Adelaide: 31 Aug 2018 (following Examinations Network conf). [Online attendance possible for Session 1 only.]
Perth: 10 Sep 2018
Sydney: 21 Sep 2018
Brisbane: 27 Sep 2018 (following Moodle MOOT Australia)
Hobart: 5 Oct 2018
Canberra: 31 Oct 2018 (following EdTechPosium)
Reg free via:

b) An e-Exams Symposium will be held 24 November 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.
This full day mini-conference will feature two international guest speakers from Austria and Finland speaking about their e-Exams implementation projects. Prof. Geoff Crisp will the MC for day. Detailed findings from the Australian national project that saw development of an authentic, robust, e-exams platform and 20 trials across multiple university partners will be discussed. All are welcome.
Expression of interest in attending is available at:
(you will be notified when registration payment opens - expected AU$195)

Further information:
The Transforming Assessment webinars are part of a series of free events covering a range of assessment and e-assessment topics.
Sessions are hosted by Professor Geoffrey Crisp, PVC Education, University of New South Wales and Dr Mathew Hillier, Monash Education Academy, Monash University, Australia.
Further information on this and future events, recordings of past sessions, links to resources and participation/technical help on using the virtual seminar system can be found on our website at

Support for this activity has been provided by the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (as the 'e-Assessment SIG'), the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching, University of New South Wales, Monash University  and the University of Queensland. The views expressed in this publication/activity do not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsoring institutions.

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Honorary Academic/Snr Lecturer
The Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation
The University of Queensland, Australia
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Academic/Snr Lecturer
Monash Education Academy,
Monash University, Clayton Campus (Melbourne), Australia
Transforming Assessment

Monday, 30 July 2018

Registration is now open for the Philosophy and Theory of Higher Education Conference 2018.

Middlesex University in Seotember

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Next PEDRIO conference

Check out @ProfDcotton’s Tweet:

Next #PedRIO conference on 29 November:  What is Institutional and Subject Excellence? Delighted to have @LouisMMCoiffait from @Wonkhe as keynote! Call for abstracts and registration details here: Would be great to see you there!

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

FW: SEDA WORKSHOP: Supporting Programme Leaders and Programme Leadership 13/09/18



The programme leader or director role is a complex and important one, crucial to higher education institutions core business: the delivery of higher programmes of study at under- and post-graduate level. However, it is little researched or clearly defined. There is evident interest in the Programme Leader role across the sector, borne from a growing prevalence of the role and lack of clarity and support for those practicing.


The responsibilities of the programme leader include academic leadership – that is creating a unified and coherent academic programme made up of a collection of modules, and the leadership of academics – supporting peers in meeting their specific responsibilities across the programme. Integral to both is the importance of creating productive and positive inter-personal relationships across a wide array of colleagues: quality and administrative officers, educational developers, academic peers, senior academic leaders and of course students.


The workshop will offer a developmental opportunity for programme leaders and those invested in programme leadership to explore the role in their specific contexts (Jenny Lawrence), consider how to better frame and define the role (Rowena Senior) and look to the various aspects of programme leadership in 2 break out sessions: Academic leadership; Programme level assessment (Ruth Whitfield) & Leading academics; Building effective interpersonal relationships and integrated working (Sarah Moore). Sam Ellis will close with a large group session exploring the development of programme directors' personal efficacy.


Please see SEDA Website for further details. Follow discussions about this and other SEDA conferences on Twitter using #sedaconf


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Tuesday, 10 July 2018

FW: Coming to our senses: embedding contemplative pedagogy in higher education


Apologies for cross-posting. There are still places, but registration for this conference will close very soon. Please forward to others with an interest.

Coming to our senses: embedding contemplative pedagogy in higher education

A four-day symposium for educators

This four-day event at Emerson College will bring together educators working in higher education to explore, experience and study contemplative pedagogy. It will be a valuable opportunity to connect with like-minded people, learn from what others are doing in their classrooms and reflect on our own contemplative practice and how this impacts our teaching and conduct.

Emerson College, East Sussex, Forest Row, RH18 5JX

2pm 27 August 2018 – 2pm 30 August 2018

Fees and Payment including tuition, all meals and single room accommodation:

If booked by 31st January 2018

Employer funded: £540
Self-funded: £440
Self-funded student: £200 (not bookable on line, see details below)

After January 31st 2018

Employer funded: £580
Self-funded: £480

There are only three places available at the self-funded student rate of £200 and as such they are not bookable through the website. Please email Caroline Barratt for more details.

There are 10 places available at the general self-funded rate which is bookable online on a first come first served basis. This rate is subject to an increase after the 31st January.

Click here for full details and to book your place


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