Friday, 30 October 2009

Use of clickers (audience reponse systems) etc

Engaging Students Through In-Class Technology (ESTICT) is a UK network of education practitioners and learning technologists interested in promoting good practice with classroom technologies that can enhance face-to-face teaching.
We are holding our first event on  Thursday 26th November 2009 at University of Leicester.

The aim of the day is to share best practice in the use of in-class technology, with a particular focus on the pedagogic uses of electronic voting systems (also known as ‘clickers’ audience response systems ARS, personal response systems PRS). This event is aimed at those both those with experience of EVS who wish to share their best practice and those with an interest in the technology that would like to know more.

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Re: Writing Development in Higher Education 2010 - conference announcement

2009/10/29 Dr Kathy Harrington <>

London 2010
Sustainable writing development:
Approaches and challenges

Monday 28 – Wednesday 30 June 2010

The Royal College of Physicians, Regents Park, London, UK

Hosted by the Write Now Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Call for papers preliminary announcement

Established 15 years ago, the Writing Development in Higher Education initiative has brought together practitioners and researchers from a wide range of countries, institutions and interest areas to help create the diverse and vibrant field of writing development theory and practice we have today. The 2010 WDHE conference offers a timely opportunity to take stock of these achievements and consider the challenges that still lie ahead, and to explore the theoretical and practical dimensions of the urgent challenge to sustain and embed recent innovations in writing development in higher education.
Across the university sector, the position and efficacy of writing development work varies widely, with some programmes now well-established and integral to the achievement of larger learning, teaching and research goals. In other situations progress is less visible, and it remains the case that much work is yet to be done before writing development is widely accepted and institutionally supported as a fundamental aspect of students' learning and achievement at university.  

Call for papers
Papers – workshops – symposia

The 2010 WDHE conference invites all those interested in academic writing development in higher education to contribute to the discussion of the possibilities and challenges of embedding sustainable writing development. The conference will be a place to reflect on issues of sustainability with respect to pedagogical practices that aim to enhance students' learning experience, academic writing as a research area, and programme development at institutional level. It also invites reflection on the potential unwanted consequences of embedding writing within institutional and disciplinary agendas, including concerns about a weakening or appropriation of the humanistic and critical agendas that have been a motivating factor for many who have been responsible for shaping the present field.
We invite contributions from all those who engage with writing development as part of their work in higher education:

  • subject-based academics
  • academic literacies theorists
  • learning developers
  • writing specialists
  • EAP and ESL practitioners
  • learning technologists
  • professional development staff
  • widening participation specialists
  • policy makers
  • students
  • all others who work in this field.  

We welcome contributions from the international community about their experiences in bringing about sustainable writing development in their particular contexts.  
The presentations should be research-based including:
  • reflective, practitioner-led action research
  • conceptual and theoretical papers
  • empirically-based quantitative and qualitative studies.

Abstracts should be submitted by Monday 15 January 2010. Further information about review criteria and the submission of abstracts will be available on the Write Now CETL website in November:

Kind regards,
The Organising Committee
WDHE 2010 Conference
Monday 28 – Wednesday 30 June 2010
London, UK


David Andrew
Head of Academic Practice
Educational and Staff Development: Queen Mary, University of London

Tel - 020 7882 2803 or 07986709981

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Re: Intercultural communication workshop - invitation

2009/10/27 SEDA - Roz Grimmitt <>
Intercultural communication workshop -invitation

UCL's Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching, University
College London warmly invites you to a one day workshop exploring
effective face to face communication within intercultural contexts.  The
workshop has been designed for university teachers and those involved in
the support of student learning in an academic or pastoral capacity.

For further information please go to:

Kind regards

Elizabeth Grant
Principal Teaching Fellow
Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching


David Andrew
Head of Academic Practice
Educational and Staff Development: Queen Mary, University of London

Tel - 020 7882 2803 or 07986709981

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Fwd: Upcoming BMAF Events 2009

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Date: 2009/10/20
Subject: Upcoming BMAF Events 2009

Dear all

Please see below for the BMAF Networks upcoming events for 2009:

13th November 2009
Developing Evidence Informed Practice in Markeeting Education
University of Westminster
The findings from the recent AM/BMAF funded Teaching and Learning Development projects will be presented at this workshop; participants will be provided with the opportunity to ask questions and gain further insights during the day. The aim of the workshop is to stimulate discussion, gain practical insights and allow time for networking.

20th November 2009
Preparing for Placement
Coventry University
This workshop aims to generate discussion and debate about the practice of preparing BMAF students for placement. Undertaking a placement is a key component in developing employability skills for many students. In the current economic climate the complexities of the tripartite relationship between student, employer and university bear further examination. How can academic staff ensure that students are well prepared to make the most of placement opportunities? What happens if a placement goes wrong?  Are all placement providers altruistic? Come and share your experiences of the positive and sometimes challenging practices you have encountered.

27th November 2009
The International Agenda - Where Next? Challenges for Teaching and Learning
Northumbria University
This BMAF Internationalisation SIG workshop will feature sessions by Ian Shell (Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching, Newcastle Business School), Paul Coldwell (Regent's College), Yvonne Moogan (Liverpool Business School), Mike Pretious (Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh) and Berry O'Donovan (Deputy Director, ASKe Centre, Oxford Brookes University).

If you would like to attend any of the above workshops or would like more information please see our website at: or email:


Karen Pettit
Administration and Events Officer
Business, Management, Accountancy & Finance Network


David Andrew
Head of Academic Practice
Educational and Staff Development: Queen Mary, University of London

Tel - 020 7882 2803 or 07986709981

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Fwd: Higher Education Academy - Funding Opportunities October 2009

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Date: 2009/10/14
Subject: Higher Education Academy - Funding Opportunities October 2009

Latest Funding Opportunities from The Higher Education Academy

Welcome to the latest Funding Opportunities newsletter from the Higher Education Academy. You have previously registered to receive our funding opportunities. Below you will find links to the latest funding from across the Higher Education Sector which we hope will be of interest to you.

1) Call for Syntheses - Enhancing Learning and Teaching through the use of Technology: Evidence-based Practice

2) Evidence-based Practice Seminar Series 2010: Calls for expressions of interest
- Assessment and Feedback
- Employability and Employee Feedback
- Professional Learning and Teaching Practice

3) Art Design Media Subject Centre Project Proposals 2010/11
 - Education for Sustainable Development
 - Student Engagement
 - Quality Enhancement and Student Assessment

4) History Teaching Development Grants

5) Academy Scotland Travel Fund

6) ESCalate Education Subject Centre - Themed funding: Teacher Educators for the 21st Century

7) ESCalate Education Subject Centre - Themed funding: Student Well-being

8) Engineering Mini-Projects

9) Psychology Mini-Projects

10) Marketing Education - Teaching and Learning Grants 2009/10
Subject Centre for Business Management, Accountancy and Finance Marketing Education SIG / Academy of Marketing

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Head of Academic Practice
Educational and Staff Development: Queen Mary, University of London

Tel - 020 7882 2803 or 07986709981

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Fwd: Streamed seminars & e-book

Learning to be Professional through a Higher Education e-book
How Professionals Learn through Work Professor Michael Eraut

Thursday October  15th 2009 12.30-13.30
The value of digital story telling in learning to be professional
Jane Leng, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences University of Surrey and SCEPTrE Fellow
The seminar presents the results of a Fellowship project which was stimulated by a concern that some student nurses underestimate the learning that takes place in practice and have limited awareness of their own tacit knowledge. Drawing on the work of Michael Eraut into how professionals learn through work, I investigated the power of stories to capture and articulate deep professional learning and the added value there may be in using emerging technologies to assist story telling.  A group of final year undergraduate student nurses focussed on an experience from practice which had been important in their professional development and created a digital story to explain what they had learnt.  The students' own evaluation of both the process and outcome of this work has been highly positive. Clinical educators and university teachers also recognised the stories as both inspiring and instructional. It is now intended that the stories be used as learning objects for both pre registration students and those learning to be mentors of students in practice. The lessons learnt from this project can inform the use of digital stories in other professional training contexts.

If you would like to participate in the seminar please contact Susan Wood If you cannot attend but would like to participate from a distance please note that we are streaming it live from this link  (link available from 12.00 on 15/10). The session will be also be filmed for the wiki.

Tuesday October 27th 2009 08.00-09.30 streamed video conference
Real World Learning at Queensland University of Technology: embedding work integrated learning across the curriculum
Deborah Peach and colleagues QUT Brisbane Australia

Successful student transitions and learning that relates to the real world are of major importance for QUT. This seminar will provide an overview of QUT's real world learning (RWL) policy and enabling structures, assessment and implementation issues. Consideration will also be given to curriculum design principles and practice examples across the disciplines.

QUT Presentation Team
Dr Deborah Peach Projects Director Real World Learning (QUT session chair)
Prof Stephen Towers, Dean of Studies,  will talk about RWL policy and enabling structures; assessment and implementation issues

Lyn Alderman, Manager, Curriculum Review and Improvement will talk about RWL curriculum design principles and practice examples

Faculty examples of embedding and implementing RWL
Professor Jill Franz Associate Professor School of Design
Dr Tony Sahama Senior Lecturer School of Information Technology

The seminar will be of interest to institutional managers and course designers interested in developing a curriculum that is rich in 'real world' learning experiences.

 The seminar will be streamed live 08.00-09.30 UK time from this link The link will be available from 07.45. The seminar will also be filmed for later viewing. If you would like to participate from a distance please let Susan Wood know


David Andrew
Head of Academic Practice
Educational and Staff Development: Queen Mary, University of London

Tel - 020 7882 2803 or 07986709981

Friday, 2 October 2009

British Congress of Mathematics Education

British Congress of Mathematics Education (BCME7)
Mathematical Progressions 
April 6th - 9th 2010, University Place, University of Manchester

Many teachers are now involved in action research projects, many through NCETM funded projects, and this conference provides a wonderful opportunity to disseminate findings from such projects. Click here to download a document which tells you more.
Opening plenary
Marcus du Sautoy
Closing plenaryMargaret Brown
SpeakerPaul Cobb, Vanderbilt University 
For delegate booking information contact The Association of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM):
Tel:  01332 346599
Post: Unit 7, Prime Industrial Park, Shaftesbury Street, Derby, DE23 8YB