Monday, 28 April 2008

12th International Computer Assisted Assessment Conference

Registration and Programme Announcement

12th International Computer Assisted Assessment Conference Research into
E-Assessment 8th and 9th July 2008 - Loughborough University, UK - A Two day
Conference Organised by Professional Development

The Programme is now available as HTML

Registration is very much open:

The conference does sell out so if you'd like to attend please register
early to guarantee your place.

The Conference will be of interest to anyone actively practising,
developing, or considering uptake of E-Assessment in the education or
training sectors.

Whether you are an experienced E-Assessment enthusiast, an education
professional interested in adopting E-Assessment, or a policy maker seeking
to improve teaching and assessment at your organisation, this conference has
something to offer.

For enquiries please contact:

Sonya Medlock
Conference Secretary
Professional Development
Loughborough University
LE11 3TU

Tel. +44(0)1509 223736
Fax: +44(0)1509 223992

Thursday, 24 April 2008

Assessment in Higher Education Conference, Wednesday 9th July 2008

Assessment in Higher Education Conference, Wednesday 9th July 2008
University of Cumbria, Carlisle

This one day conference is an opportunity to debate concerns and increase understanding of assessment practice. It will provide the opportunity to share innovations and research with a particular focus on the voice of the practitioner.

Further details and the booking form can be found at:

For any queries please contact:

CDLT Centre Administrators

Centre for the Development of Learning & Teaching

University of Cumbria, Lancaster, LA1 3JD

Tel: 01524 384232


Variety in Chemistry Education conference 28/29th August


Physics Higher Education conference - 4/5 Sept 2008


Wednesday, 23 April 2008

3rd International Plagiarism Conference

"Transforming practice for an authentic future"

23 - 25 June 2008. City Campus East,

Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

High profile keynote speakers from the UK, USA and Australia will
address delegates at the JISC Internet Plagiarism Advisory Service's
3rd International Plagiarism Conference, which will be held 23 - 25
June 2008 at City Campus East, Northumbria University,
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK.

The 3rd International Plagiarism Conference, which is being managed by
Northumbria Learning, examines the challenges facing institutions as
they evolve solutions to the issue of ensuring authenticity in
learners' work in a changing information environment. The conference
will seek to consider best practice from secondary through to higher
education. The need for a cross-sectoral approach is reflected in the
joint sponsorship of the conference by JISC and the Qualifications and
Curriculum Authority (QCA).

Key themes for the conference will consider ethical use of digital
sources, approaches to engaging both learners and educators in the
process of addressing plagiarism, addressing plagiarism in web 2.0 and
emerging technologies and also subject specific perspectives on the

The conference venue, is the stunning new Northumbria University City
Campus East development. Opened in September 2007, it was recently
honoured as the Journal newspaper's North East Landmark of the Year,
and has also been praised for exceeding the requirements of new UK
green building legislation. The development currently houses the
Schools of Law, Design and the Newcastle Business School. The Campus is
easily accessible by public transport and is within walking distance of
the city centre.

Places at the conference are limited to 200, so delegates are advised to register early.

For further information, please go to:

Saturday, 19 April 2008

3rd iPED International Conference

3rd iPED International Conference:
'Researching Academic Visions and Realities',
8-9 September 2008, Coventry University TechnoCentre, UK

iPED 2008

Colleagues may be interested that the deadline for abstract submission has been EXTENDED to 1st MAY.

The iPED 2008 international conference invites participants to explore the Visions and Realities of three aspects of academic life:

LEADERSHIP - What "Conceptions of Leadership" do we need - and what do we have - to support globalised, competitive, multi-purpose higher education? How successful are they?

LEARNING - Which "Emergent Pedagogies" work and which do not work - and why? What new approaches are sustainable? How do teacher and learner adapt?

LITEARACY - How is "Academic Writing" being developed, introduced and evaluated. Why is it needed? How is assessment of written work changing?
Virginia King
iPED 2008 Conference Convenor
Centre for the Study of Higher Education
Coventry University

Tel: +44(0)24 7679 2313
or contact

Academic Practice Network

Academic Practice Network

Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton Campus, Edinburgh, EH11 4AS

21ST November 2008, 11.00am-3.00pm

Policy Discourse and Local Enactments

Sue Clegg (Leeds Metropolitan University), Karen Smith (Heriot-Watt University) and Joelle Fanghanel (City University, London)

We work in an environment where academic practice has become an object of policy. Drives to ensure and assess quality have led to the scripting of numerous institutional policies relating to academic practice (for example: learning and teaching, assessment; plagiarism; research-teaching linkages; information literacy etc). Despite their prevalence, little research has been done into how these policies are developed, what messages they portray, and how those messages are reconstructed and enacted by academic staff. In this Academic Practice Network Meeting, three studies are presented which take as their focus a deepening understanding of the discourse of policy and how this policy is played out in practice. Using learning and teaching strategies as the case policy, Sue Clegg will discuss research on what staff expect and desire from learning and teaching strategies; Karen Smith will present an analysis of what and how strategy speaks to its readers; and Joelle Fanghanel will take a close look at how readers interpret and position themselves towards these texts. The session aims to provoke questions about how we ‘do’ policy and the kinds of research necessary to understand the process better. The event will be of interest to staff involved in the development, implementation and evaluation of academic practice-related policy.

Disability Equality Partnership Inclusive policy and practice

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Disability Equality Partnership

Inclusive policy and practice: Research Seminar Series

You are cordially invited to attend the next seminar in our series:

Virtual Learning Environments: Removing barriers and enhancing the learning experience for students with disabilities

Catherine Gerrard and Val Norval

Thursday 29th May 2008

University of the West of Scotland, Paisley Campus

Centre for Academic and Professional Development, H334

10.15am start. Buffet lunch from 1pm.

The aim of this seminar is to encourage participants to reflect on the extent to which use of a virtual learning environment (VLE) could be considered inclusive in terms of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act. The seminar will be based on a piece of research that was undertaken with several students with various disabilities within the University of the West of Scotland The seminar will focus on how the pedagogical application of a VLE can impact on the learning experience of disabled students. This seminar will be quite interactive and those attending will be expected to participate in a 30 minute workshop exercise.

There are 30 free-of-charge places available for this seminar, and these will be allocated on a strictly first-come-first served basis. You should await confirmation of a place before attending.

To reserve your place, please email by

12.00pm Thursday 22nd May 2008.

Please indicate if you have any accessibility or dietary requirements at the time of booking.

Learning Through Enquiry Alliance Conference 2008

Learning Through Enquiry Alliance Conference 2008 "Inquiry in a Networked

Registration for "Inquiry in a Networked World", the 3rd Annual Conference of
the Learning Through Inquiry Alliance of CETLs, 25th-27th June at the
University of Sheffield, is now open. Please see the conference webpages for
booking details and the registration form:

We have as our venue the CILASS spaces, and other learning and
teaching spaces, in the University of Sheffield's flagship new Information
Commons. Building on the Enquiry Alliance's very successful conferences in 2006
and 2007, the conference will celebrate developments in inquiry-based learning
in HE in the UK and beyond, and stimulate creative and critical exchange. Dr
David Hodge, President of Miami University, Ohio, will be our keynote speaker.
The conference will include a Playback Theatre event and will be followed by an
optional Peak District 'discovery tour'. We very much look forward to
welcoming you to Sheffield.

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

DIVERSE 2008 Conference

DIVERSE 2008 Conference: Registration Now Open

Developing Innovative Visual Resources for Students Everywhere

8th International Conference @ INHOLLAND UNIVERSITY

The registration for the DIVERSE Conference 2008 on 1-3 July 2008 is now open at This year's event is hosted by INHOLLAND University based in Haarlem, the Netherlands and the international DIVERSE network.

DIVERSE is the leading conference regarding all aspects of video and videoconferencing in education: teaching, research, management etc. This includes the convergence of these technologies with online technologies; the emergence of new possibilities such as “presence production” for learning, interactive television, virtual reality and computer games techniques, and handheld access to moving images.

DIVERSE is intended for anyone interested in embedding video and video communication (conferencing) technologies within educational practice: teachers, technical support staff, researchers, staff and educational developers and project managers.

DIVERSE provides excellent opportunities for formal and informal networking with experts in the field from all over the globe. The conference will be both a showcase and a critical forum on all aspects of video in education through plenary and themed sessions.

Friday, 4 April 2008

Labelling USB drives

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