Friday, 22 May 2009

A Word in Your Ear 2009 - Audio Feedback

A Word in Your Ear 2009 - Audio Feedback

Call for Contributions

Conference Date: Friday 18 December 2009

Venue: Sheffield Hallam University, City Campus, Howard Street, Sheffield S1 1WB. [Map]



Bob RotheramBob Rotheram, National Teaching Fellow, Leeds Met

Sounds Good: Quicker, better assessment using audio feedback

(funded under the JISC Users & Innovation: Personalising Technologies)

Bob Rotheram will reflect upon the Sounds Good project and his interest in using audio as a formative device.

Sounds Good project website

About the conference

This national conference aims to bring people together from UK higher education who ,

  • are interested in finding out about audio feedback to enhance the learner experience
  • would like to share their experience in using audio feedback
  • would like to meet others using audio feedback to develop good practice together.

Contributions wanted

Contribution from academics, students, educational
developers and learning technologists in UK higher and further
education are welcomed.

Listen to Andrew Middleton presenting the Call for Contributions (02:27)

Students - you are particularly invited to contribute and the conference organisers will work closely with you if that is helpful.

The call seeks contributions in the form of,

  • short papers (1,000 words)
  • posters (150 word proposals)
  • workshops (300 word proposals)
  • all contributors and interested parties are also invited to to submit a case study in MP3 format

Contact Andrew Middleton ( for more information

Thursday, 14 May 2009

The 17th Improving Student Learning (ISL) International conference

The 17th Improving Student Learning (ISL) International conference will be held on 7-9 September 2009
Imperial College. South Kensington Campus, London, UK

We 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. 

Keynote speakers will be:

Simon Barrie,  Associate Director of the Institute for Teaching and Learning at the University of Sydney, Australia

Betty Collis, Emeritus Professor at the University of Twente, Netherlands  

David Kember, Professor in Research on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education at the University of Hong Kong 

The major aim of the Improving Student Learning Symposia is to provide a forum which brings together those who are primarily researchers into learning in higher education and those who are primarily practitioners concerned more pragmatically with improving their practice, but from whichever starting point, papers are only accepted if they take a sufficiently scholarly, research-based approach.

This year we have contributors from the following countries: Sweden, Hong Kong, Yemen, Australia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Uk. A total of 35 papers will be presented at the conference and all participants, whether presenting papers or not, are invited to bring a poster presenting work they are doing which is concerned with improving student learning: research work which is 'in progress', issues you would like to discuss, practices you would like to share, and so on. 

Registration is now open. Full details can be found on our web site:

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

First-year assessment: Aligning perceptions and practice with purpose

The NTFS funded project “First-year assessment: Aligning perceptions and practice with purpose” lead by Leeds Metropolitan University is running a conference “Designs on Assessment” on 23 June in Leeds.

This conference will be of interest to all higher education staff involved in designing or redesigning assessment for programmes or modules and will be of particular interest to programme teams looking to enhance their assessment practices.

Further information is available at

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

The Dynamics of Difference: Making it work.

The Dynamics of Difference: Making it work.

                    July 1st 2009: Hendon Campus 9.15 -16.00

   Hosted by Middlesex University Business School in conjunction with
                The Centre for Learning and Quality Enhancement.

                                  Invitation to attend

With keynotes from Professor Liz Thomas, Director of the Widening
Participation Research Centre, Edge Hill University, and Carol Campayne,
Equality and Diversity Manager, London South Bank University, and a Director
of The Diversity Practice, addressing the issues and challenges of delivering
both diversity and inclusivity within higher education this promises to be an
interesting and enjoyable event.

In addition to these main sessions, there will be workshops on a variety of
diversity issues presented by Middlesex University staff and by invited external
visitors including:

•       Dr Jan Sellers from the University of Kent will bring along her
Labyrinth for participants to walk and explore.
•       Dr AndrĂ© Van der Westhuizen from the University of Portsmouth will
facilitate a session on The Gaming Generation.
•       John C McCarthy, Mental Health Coordinator from the University of
East London will also give a session on Innovation and Partnership in
Developing student pathways to care.

The charge for the day will be £50 to cover all refreshments and lunch.

To book your place and receive further details please contact:
Angus MacDonald      020 8411 6202

Dr Michelle Haynes
Educational Developer
Centre for Learning and Quality Enhancement
Middlesex University

Higher Education Academy funding opportunities

1) BMAF - Business, Management, Accountancy and Finance Subject Centre - Grants 2009/2010 -

2) ESCalate Education Subject Centre Student Grant Funding -

3) GEES - Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences Subject Centre - Small-scale Learning and Teaching Research Funding 2009-10 -

4) Health Science and Practice Subject Centre Funded Workshop Scheme -

5) Subject Centre for Philosophical and Religious Studies - Call for Proposals for PRS Learning and Teaching Projects -

6) Psychology Network - Miniprojects -

7) Psychology Network - Departmental Teaching Enhancement Scheme -

8) Enhancing Learning and Research for Huminatarian Assistance (ELRHA) Small Grants -

9) JISC - Strategic Technologies Group -

10) JISC - Synthesis, Co-orindation and Community Support Project -

11) JISC - Institutional Governance Models and Skills Survey -

12) JISC e-content programme -

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Find out more about the Higher Education Academy by visiting our website

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

5th Biennial Northumbria/EARLI SIG Assessment Conference: “Assessment for Learners”

5th Biennial Northumbria/EARLI SIG Assessment Conference: Assessment for Learners”


1-3 September 2010, hosted by Northumbria University in the North-East of England, UK


Conference themes:

·         Formative and summative assessment to improve learning

·         Assessment: consequences and contexts for learners

·         Learner achievements and assessment


Submission formats:

·         Papers

·         Round tables

·         Posters

·         Symposia


Key dates:

·         First call for papers: May 2009

·         Proposals submission deadline: 13th November, 2009

·         Notification of acceptance: February 2010


The conference will explore the ways in which assessment impacts on students’ experiences of learning and ways of improving learning via assessment in all sectors of education (higher education, early years, primary, secondary and further education), different disciplines and different educational systems.  Submissions can focus on assessment cultures and assessment reform more broadly as well as research on specific innovations in assessment, including e-assessment.  The conference will be of interest to both education researchers and practitioners with an interest in assessment.


For more information, go to:    


Friday, 1 May 2009

Images and sound for L&T

Moving Image and Sound for Learning and Teaching – sources, search strategies, appraisal and use
Presenters: BUFVC specialists - Sergio Angelini, Marianne Open, Luis Carrasqueiro, Murray Weston
Wednesday 13th May 2009, 
10.30 am - 5.00 pm

This course looks at the acquisition and use of audio-visual content for learning and research. Participants will explore sources of content and forms of delivery. They will also gain insight into pedagogic value of audio-visual content and how it may be used for learning and teaching.

Registration Charge: £145
Standard Services Ordinary member rate: £125
Premier Services Ordinary member rate: £103