Thursday, 21 November 2013

FW: Jisc webinar: Assessment and feedback - how technology can make a difference


You may be interested in this webinar which will disseminate the findings of the Jisc Assessment and Feedback programme.


The changing face of assessment and feedback: how technology can make a difference

5 December 2013 1-2pm (GMT)

Online (Blackboard Collaborate)


Over the past two years, the Jisc Assessment and Feedback programme has worked with over 30 institutions in the UK further and higher education sector to pilot new approaches that address a range of challenges to better meet the needs of learners, employers and staff. This webinar will share some of the experiences, approaches and lessons learned from these projects around key themes including:


·         Influencing change in assessment and feedback practices through a principle-led approach

·         Assessment and employability: the role of technology in supporting the development of skills and competences to enhance employment prospects

·         Feedback and feed forward: the role of technology in supporting learner engagement with feedback and improving progression

·         Electronic assessment management and how technology can support assessment lifecycle processes to make more effective use of resources


A range of resources will also be shared that can help inform you and your organisation about good practice in enhancing assessment and feedback through technology.


The session will involve a mixture of presentation and discussion, giving participants opportunities to ask questions and share their own experiences in these areas.


The webinar is open to all and free to attend although registration is required.  For further information and to register, please go to


Kind regards,




Marianne Sheppard I Researcher/Analyst I Jisc infoNet

T: +44(0)191 243 8466 I Twitter: @marianneshepp I Skype: mflsheppard

Jisc infoNet is a Jisc service hosted by Northumbria University


Tuesday, 12 November 2013

FW: HEA STEM Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2014: Enhancing the STEM Student Journey



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The Higher Eduction Academy

HEA STEM Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2014: Enhancing the STEM Student Journey - Final Call for papers

12 November 2013

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Dear Colleagues,

It is only two weeks until the call for papers for our conference closes and we are delighted with the response so far!  The HEA STEM conference entitled "Enhancing the STEM Student Journey" will take place at the University of Edinburgh on 30 April – 1 May 2014.

Presentations are accepted in the following formats;

  • Full paper – a maximum of 6 pages including references & eligible for publication afterwards,
  • Oral presentations - only an abstract is required and should not be more than 200-250 words,
  • Workshops - only an abstract is required and should not be more than 200-250 words,
  • Posters- only an abstract is required and should not be more than 200-250 words, we have three prizes available for Undergraduates, Postgraduates and Staff.

Topics could include but are not limited to:

  • Learning, Teaching and Assessment in STEM disciplines
  • Enhancing the employability skills of STEM graduates
  • Innovative STEM education
  • Transitions within the student experience
  • Students as partners
  • Laboratory and technical skills
  • Mathematical and Statistical skills in the disciplines
  • Internationalising STEM education


Important dates/deadlines:

  • 22 Nov 2013 deadline for the submission of full papers, abstracts for oral presentations and workshops
  • 10 Jan 2014 notification of acceptance of full papers, abstracts for oral presentations and workshops
  • 24 Jan 2014 deadline for submissions for poster competitions
  • 21 Feb 2014 deadline for the submission of camera-ready copies of full papers (undergraduates, postgraduates, support staff/technicians and lecturers)
  • 14 Feb 2014 notification of acceptance of poster abstracts
  • 14 Mar 2014 at least one presenting author to be registered.


Presentation Format: Pecha Kucha

This year, we're taking a new approach to presentations, using a Pecha Kucha (literally translated: chitchat) presentation format to allow more time for interaction and discussions.

Submissions should be made via EasyChair ;


Poster Competition

Posters (A1 841 x 594 mm) will be displayed throughout the conference. There will be prizes for the best posters from Undergraduates, Postgraduates and Staff – good luck!

Further details on the conference can be found at;


Technician of the Year Awards

Launch; 2 September 2013
Closing date; 1 February 2014

In recognition of the valuable role technicians have in supporting the student learning experience the Higher Education Academy (HEA) is sponsoring annual awards for technicians who have provided outstanding support for the student learning experience.  The awards ceremony will take place at the conference and we are excited to announce that Professor Iain Stewart of BBC Earth fame will presenting the awards for the STEM Technicians of the Year and will be giving a talk after dinner about his subject area.

Further details can be found at;


STEM Subjects


Biology, Botany, Zoology, Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biophysics and Biochemistry, Others in Biological Sciences, Agriculture, Forestry & Arboriculture

Food and Beverage studies, Agricultural Sciences

Built Environment

Architecture, Building, Landscape Design, Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional), Urban Design, Others in Architecture, Building and Planning.


Computer Science, Information Systems, Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Health Informatics, Games, Computer Generated Visual & Audio Effects, Others in Computer Science

Engineering and Materials

General Engineering, Mechanical, Production and Manufacturing Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Naval Architecture, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering, Others in Engineering, Materials and Minerals Technology, Maritime Technology, Others in Technology,


Geology, Physical Geographical Sciences, Science of Aquatic & Terrestrial Environments, Human and Social Geography, Development Studies, Environmental Science.


Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics, Mathematics and Statistics Support, Others in Mathematical Sciences

Physical Sciences

Chemistry, Physics, Forensic and Archaeological Science, Astronomy, Others in Physical Sciences


Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy



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Monday, 11 November 2013

HEA Research and Policy seminar/webinar



Higher education for the future: flexible pedagogies that empower learners for complexity, uncertainty and change


The next HEA Research and Policy seminar/webinar will be based on a HEA-funded research inquiry into the relationship between HE pedagogy and developments around flexible learning.


The research considered the pedagogical questions that arise about purposes and outcomes of HE, in an era of increasing 'flexibility' facilitated by technological changes, globalisation of the sector, rising participation and changing employer expectations. It will be presented by Professor Daniella Tilbury and Dr Alex Ryan from the University of Gloucestershire. Professor Tilbury is Chair in Education for Sustainability and University Director of Sustainability at Gloucestershire, while Dr Ryan is Associate Director of Sustainability (Academic).


It will be held on 12 November in York and starts at 12:45. The event can be attended either in person or via Blackboard Collaborate. There will be a buffet lunch for anyone attending in person, which will be available from 12:00. Further details about the event are available here.




Dr Alex Ryan

Associate Director of Sustainability (Academic)


Professor Daniella Tilbury

Director of Sustainability


DH204 Dunholme Villa, Park Campus

University of Gloucestershire GL50 2RH

Telephone: 01242 715416 or 01242 577976 (UK)


The future of quality Higher Education includes the Sustainability imperative:


Latest Publication:

Ryan, A & Tilbury, D (2013) "Uncharted waters: voyages for Education for Sustainable Development in the higher education curriculum"

Curriculum Journal, Volume 24, Issue 2:


Online Resource:

Guide to Quality and Education for Sustainability in HE:



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Wednesday, 6 November 2013

From the HEA Arts and Humanities Newsletter

Workshops taking place in November and December 2013

Learning across disciplinary divides: integrating art and science through emergent curriculum design, University of Westminster, 20 November 2013.

Using the Broad Vision art/science learning project as a case study, this seminar aims to stimulate debate on the processes, successes and challenges of working across disciplines in higher education.

Exploring and examining expertise in Media teaching, learning and assessment; enhancing courses, developing resources, De Montfort University, 4 December 2013.

As the interdisciplinary Leicester Media School at De Montfort University establishes, media programme provision and related academics from arts, humanities and technology are coming together. This seminar will explore current learning and teaching practices, examine and share best practice, and develop interdisciplinary models for curriculum development across media in HE.

Philosophical enquiry: its method and purpose in higher education, Heythrop College, 6 December 2013.

Philosophical Enquiry is a powerful pedagogy grounded in Philosophy for Children (P4C), successfully established in schools. Delegates will be introduced to its theory, practice, and relevance to Higher Education. Examples of its use at Heythrop College and other HEIs will demonstrate its application in learning, teaching and the development of transferable skills and employability across academic disciplines.

Happenings and knowledge promenades: working cross discipline, University of Arts Bournemouth, 17 December 2013.

The workshop explores the value and potential of cross discipline collaborative activities and the dynamism of the Happening and the “knowledge promenade” in learning and teaching. Diverse case studies from a range of disciplines will provide inspiration and focus for interactive group activities that will develop further creative cross discipline ideas and collaborative opportunities that can make future “Knowledge Promenades” and Happenings . . . happen.

Events listed by discipline.

You will find information on all discipline specific workshops, seminars, and other HEA hosted or funded events, and selected non-HEA events via the following links:


Art and Design

Dance, Drama and Music

English and Creative Writing




Media and Communications

Philosophy and Religious Studies


Tuesday, 5 November 2013

FW: Open Webinar on Games Based Learning in HE



From: Online forum for SEDA, the Staff & Educational Development Association [mailto:SEDA@JISCMAIL.AC.UK] On Behalf Of Christine Smith
Sent: 05 November 2013 10:21
Subject: Open Webinar on Games Based Learning in HE


Please join our open webinar on Thursday 7th November (this week) from 12.30-1.30pm on Games based learning in HE. The webinar will be led by Dr Nicola Whitton from Manchester Metropolitan University. To register please go to

Thanks so much and look forward to seeing you there!



University Campus Suffolk

Heroes and monsters: extra-ordinary tales of learning and teaching in > the arts and humanities Manchester, UK

Heroes and monsters: extra-ordinary tales of learning and teaching in
> the arts and humanities Manchester, UK
> 2 - 4 June 2014
> Call for contributions
> The 3rd annual Higher Education Academy Arts and Humanities annual learning and teaching conference will take place in Manchester, 2 - 4 June 2014, and we are inviting contributions which explore the everyday business of learning and teaching through metaphors and narratives in order to make strange the 'taken-for-grantedness' of our academic practice.
> Monsters dwell in the hinterlands of the known world, symbolic expressions of cultural unease. Inhabitants of an imagined realm adjunct to the everyday, monsters offer powerful tropes and tools for learning and teaching in the arts and humanities. This conference asks how monsters can unnerve and innervate those working in arts and humanities higher education today. We consider how monstrous pedagogies can disrupt the realities and habits of higher education in the arts and humanities, and articulate different ways of being for learners and teachers in the disciplines.
> We are looking for papers, debates, workshops, PechaKucha presentations, and posters which transfigure our practice and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning into fantastic tales of the unexpected, and which draw upon the richness and diversity of our disciplinary practices. We are also calling for creative and unconventional pre-conference workshops.
> For more details about the conference and the call please visit our
> updates please follow us on Twitter @HEA_AH and hashtag #HEAmonsters