Thursday, 27 November 2008

Third International Personal Tutoring and Academic Advising Conference

Third International
Personal Tutoring and Academic Advising Conference – Registration now
open for UK participants


Hosted by Edge Hill University and co-sponsored by the
Higher Education Academy and NACADA, this conference aims to explore the ways
in which personal tutoring, academic advising and other forms of institutional
support contribute to improving student success in higher education.


Further information about the conference is available on the
NACADA website:


A registration form for UK participants is available to
download from the following page:

Friday, 21 November 2008

Third International Personal Tutoring and Academic Advising Conference

International Personal Tutoring and Academic Advising Conference: Improving
student success  -  Holiday Inn, Lime Street, Liverpool,  21 -
22 April 2009


notice of an event co-sponsored by the Academy and NACADA, and being
hosted by Edge Hill University. The conference aim is to explore ways in which
personal tutoring, academic advising and other forms of institutional support
contribute to improving student success in HE.


details about the conference, and details of the call for papers, workshops and
posters can be found by following the link below:

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Assessment conference - call for papers

Call For Papers –
Please circulate widely to colleagues who may be interested


Assessment in Higher Education Conference


Cumbria Study of Higher Education Network in collaboration with Northumbria University

Centre for Excellence in Assessment for Learning


Wednesday 8th July 2009, University of Cumbria, Carlisle


This second
Assessment in Higher Education Conference,
builds on the successful event in 2008 as 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, working to improve
assessment in their programmes and institutions.  See attached flyer
for an overview of the Conference themes.


For further information, please follow the link to our website

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

The Fourth Symposium on Social Learning Space: Learning Outside the Square

The Fourth Symposium on Social Learning Space: Learning Outside the Square

Call for Contributions
The Reinvention Centre (the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) at Oxford Brookes and Warwick Universities) (
in conjunction with Assessment Standards Knowledge exchange (ASKe) a
CETL based at Oxford Brookes University Business School, are delighted
to announce the Fourth Symposium on Social Learning Space: Learning
Outside the Square. This one-day event will take place on Monday 6
April 2009
at Oxford Brookes University’s Gipsy Lane Campus in
Headington, Oxford, and will showcase the Reinvention Centre space.

keynote speakers will be Nicolette Lee, Academic Co-ordinator,
Experiential Learning at Swinburne University of Technology in
Australia and Emeritus Professor of Urban Design, Ian Bentley, based at
Oxford Brookes University.

aim of the Symposium is to explore new and innovative social learning
spaces, and this year’s theme is 'Learning Outside the Square'. The
sub-themes that symposium will address are:

    innovative design: creating new/different teaching and learning opportunities;
    building a learning community (within and beyond the university);
    the relationship between pedagogy and space; and,
    virtual social learning space.

are now inviting proposals for 45-minute, interactive workshops.
Workshops may present a social learning space, assess a range of spaces
or explore conceptual aspects of the sub-themes above. Proposals should
be no more than 250 words and should:

    give the title of the workshop;
    explain what the workshop is about, how it fits with the overall symposium theme, and which sub-theme it falls under;
    explain how the workshop will be interactive, i.e. how it will involve the audience; and,
    show a clear link to existing literature.

Proposals should be sent by email to Becky Kiddle at The deadline for receipt of proposals is Friday 21 November 2008.

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

SEDA Research and Development Small Grants 2008-09

SEDA Research and Development Small Grants


Supporting and Leading
Educational Change


currently inviting proposals for Research and Development Small
Grants. For further details and an application form, see:



Monday, 10 November 2008

‘The changing nature of plagiarism in the digital age’

‘The changing nature of plagiarism in the digital age’

The Learning Lab is pleased to announce that the second seminar in its 2008-

09 seminar series will take place on Wednesday 3rd December 2008, from

10:00-16:00 at the Learning Lab in Telford.

Plagiarism has taken on a whole new dimension in the digital age, with a wide

range of sources of material now available online and easily copied and

pasted. This seminar will look at the evolving nature of academic enquiry and


This one day seminar features three presentations from both educational and

commercial angles, and includes plenty of time for questions and discussion.

As a not-for-profit organisation, the Learning Lab is able to offer this seminar

at just £80 per person, to include lunch and refreshments. To book online, or

to print a fax-back booking form, please go to the Learning Lab Website – Please note that places are limited to the first 20

bookings to maximise interaction so please book early to secure your place.

Any queries please contact Denise Telford on tel: 01902 322362 or email:

Thursday, 6 November 2008


International Conference 2009 of the DRS Special Interest Group on Experiential Knowledge

EKSIG International Conference 2009 will address the theme of
"Experiential Knowledge, Method and Methodology". It will be convened
by the DRS Special Interest Group on Experiential Knowledge (EKSIG),
and hosted by London Metropolitan University.

Date: Friday 19 June 2009
Organisers: Linden Reilly, Chris Smith, Kristina Niedderer, Seymour Roworth-Stokes
Venue: London Metropolitan University, London, UK

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Engineering teaching guides

The Engineering Subject Centre is pleased to launch a series of handy
Teaching guides.  Aimed at the busy engineering academic, the booklets
provide a starting point in a number of key areas.  The guides also
have companion versions on the web and it is hoped that the online
format will encourage participation and feedback from the community and
that the resources will then develop interactively over time, ensuring
that content is current and relevant.  Please see for more information.

We would be grateful if you could circulate the links to colleagues as
appropriate.  We also have publicity postcards for each of the guides
and would be happy to send out these and printed copies of the A5
guides if useful to you.

Please also visit the web versions to leave your comments and suggestions, or email me, if you would like to know more about what the resources available from the Engineering Subject Centre.

Best Wishes

Liz Willis

Learning and Teaching Advisor

The Higher Education Academy - Engineering Subject Centre

Loughborough University

01509 227176

Approaches to the Teaching of Design

Andrew McLaren, University of Strathclyde

Enhancing the First Year Experience for Engineering Students

Liz Willis, Engineering Subject Centre

Introduction to Learning and Teaching

Jane Pritchard, University of Bath

Learning and Teaching in Laboratories

Clara Davies, University of Leeds

Personal Tutoring

Elaine M. Smith, Glasgow Caledonian University

Technology Mediated Learning Research Seminar Series

Technology Mediated Learning Research Seminar Series


King’s College London

Department of Education & Professional Studies

Tea and coffee at 15.45
Room B/6, Franklin-Wilkins Building (WBW)

Thursday 20 November 2008

Supporting online communication and collaboration in blended learning scenarios

Dr Ian Stevenson and Dr Mary Webb

King’s College London

Thursday 4 December 2008

Talking with learners about technology and learning in the home

Dr Chris Davies,

University of Oxford

Tuesday 13 January 2009

e-Assessment: Towards advice for action

Dr Denise Whitelock

Institute of Educational Technology,

The Open University

Wednesday 4 February 2009

Personal Inquiry: supporting inquiry science learning with personal

technologies across formal and informal settings

Professor Mike Sharples

University of Nottingham

2 further seminars will be held on dates to be arranged

To reserve a place at any seminar, please contact Julie Bacon on

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Can quality resist the market?"

The Institute for Policy Studies in Education invites you to a lecture
Professor Roger Brown and chaired by Paul Lister, entitled "Can
quality resist the

In this lecture, Professor Roger Brown will warn that unless they are
strengthened, our existing quality assurance arrangements will be
unable to
protect the international reputation of our higher education system. 
Brown will refer to a number of recent cases which demonstrate some of
flaws in our present quality control mechanisms. He will argue that
with the
increasingly strong competitive pressures on institutions, as well as
the long
term squeeze on resourcing, these need to be considerably strengthened
if peer
review is to remain an effective mechanism for regulating quality.
There needs
to be a much sharper focus on standards of student achievement whilst
Quality Assurance Agency needs a wider remit, greater independence and

lecture will take place on Tuesday 11th November, from
4 – 5.30pm in Room SHG-04, Stapleton House, London Metropolitan
University, 277-281
Holloway Road, London, N7 8HN.  The
lecture is free of charge but places are limited.  If
you wish to attend, please contact  

Podcast on Work Related Learning

Podcast on Work Related Learning

Date: 03/11/2008 ||. The latest JISC podcast focuses on Work-related
learning, featuring examples of the types of support being provided by
JISC and the Higher Education Academy.

ICS HEA - News -

Call for papers - ISL

17th Improving Student Learning Symposium hosted by
the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development (OCSLD)

Improving Student Learning for the 21st Century Learner

7-9 September 2009
Imperial College, London, UK


hope that the theme for this symposium -  'for the 21st Century
Learner'  - will challenge contributors to consider the rapidly
changing landscape of university education - technology, massification,
increased diversity of students and globalisation etc. 


   1. Teaching methods
   2. Assessment methods
   3. Course and programme design
   4. Blended and e-learning
   5. Skills development and lifelong learning
   6. Graduate outcomes
   7. Employability
   8. Diversity and inclusivity
   9. Supporting learners
  10. Faculty development methods and/or strategies


The following criteria will be used in accepting papers and seminars:
Research papers

    * New evidence/findings
    * New analysis/interpretation
    * Use of research tools
    * Awareness/use of theory
    * Focus on theme

Conceptual papers

    * New analysis/interpretation
    * Clarity of argument
    * Awareness/use of theory
    * Focus on theme


    * Topic interesting for discussion
    * Use of evidence and theory
    * Focus on theme

Please submit your paper proposal online at
The closing date for submissions is 28 February 2009, and authors will
be notified by the end of March whether their paper has been selected
for presentation.

On line book - The Tower and the Cloud

Have just read through this for the first time - an interesting and comprehensive review of the current state of Universities and technology - well worth a look -

Monday, 3 November 2008

The 14th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED 2009)

The 14th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education

(AIED 2009)

July 6th - 10th 2009, Thistle Hotel, Brighton, UK

The International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education

(AIED2009) is part of an ongoing series of biennial international

conferences for top quality research in intelligent systems and cognitive

science for educational computing applications. The conference provides

opportunities for the cross-fertilization of techniques from many fields

that make up this interdisciplinary research area, including: artificial

intelligence, computer science, cognitive and learning sciences, education,

 educational technology, psychology, philosophy, sociology, anthropology,

linguistics, and the many domain-specific areas for which AIED systems have

been designed and evaluated.

Saturday, 1 November 2008

Disciplinary specificity in university teaching

specificity in university teaching:

from conceptualisation to action


December 2008 – 12.15 to 15.45

in the CeAL Building


for Active Learning,

of Gloucestershire
Francis Close Hall, Swindon





Dr Denis
Berthiaume, Université de
Lausanne, Switzerland

Dr Anna
Jones, University of Melbourne,
Australia and Visiting CeAL
Fellow, University of
Gloucestershire, United


Professor Kerri-Lee Krause

Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia


Professor Kristine Mason O’Connor

University of
Gloucestershire, United



3 hours


purpose of this workshop is to provide an illustration of recent research
developments in the area of disciplinary specificity in university teaching, and
to enable participants develop strategies for inclusion of these findings in
their own practice (i.e. university teaching, academic development and/or higher
education administration).The workshop will comprise two parts. The first will
be a presentation of recent research developments in the area of disciplinary
specificity with regards to university teaching. The second part will allow
participants to reflect on the concepts presented in order to envisage
strategies for their domain of practice.


workshop is based on two qualitative studies which examined the importance of
disciplinary specificity in teaching. The first study examines ways in which
teaching is part of a complex social system.  The second study examines the importance
of discipline-specific pedagogical knowledge (DPK) by presenting an empirical
model that describes how higher education teachers draw from their knowledge
base for teaching, the specific characteristics of their discipline, and their
personal beliefs about teaching.


including sandwich lunch - £30
(non-University of
Gloucestershire staff).
Cheques payable to University of Gloucestershire or please supply a
purchase order number for an invoice to be raised.


To book
your place please contact the CeAL Administrator, Barbara Rainbow –, tel 01242


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