Thursday, 22 May 2014

FW: Leicester PBL Summer Workshop 2014


From: Critical Thinking Discussion Forum [mailto:CRITICALTHINKING@JISCMAIL.AC.UK] On Behalf Of PBLWorkshop
Sent: 22 May 2014 11:31
Subject: Leicester PBL Summer Workshop 2014


Dear Colleague


You are invited to the 12th LeAP summer workshop on problem based learning (PBL) which will take place in Leicester 7-9 July 2014. Please find further details in the attached flyer and on the web site   Please pass this invitation on to anyone you know who might be interested.


The workshop is designed to support the development of PBL for new and experienced practitioners from all disciplines. One afternoon will be devoted to delegate talks: delegates are invited to submit proposals for presentations at this session in the form of a brief abstract by June 20th.


The Workshop is supported by HEA Physical Sciences


Yours sincerely,


Cheryl Hurkett and Derek Raine

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

FW: Webinar and workshop on Augmented Reality


These upcoming events from our colleagues at RSC North West may be of interest:


Learning Providers as makARs – how Augmented Reality is being used in practice

Webinar: Tuesday, 3 June 14:00 - 15:00

Information and booking:


Getting Started with Augmented Reality

Face to face event: Thursday 12th June at Lancaster University

Information and booking:

This workshop is an introduction to AR and will aim to cover the following:

·         Explain and demonstrate what AR is 

·         Explain how AR can be used to engage teaching and learning activities in relation to pedagogical theory 

·         Look at the opportunities to extend the interest and lifespan of printed materials 

·         Consider opportunities for differentiated learning

·         Look at deployment and the platforms available so you can make an informed choice.

It is a small session so you will get in depth knowledge and by the end of the workshop you will have created at least one AR based learning resource to showcase to your organisation.


Further enquiries to:


Paul Richardson, PhD
E-learning Adviser | Ymgynghorydd e-ddysgu

Jisc RSC Wales | Jisc RSC Cymru
Llwyn Onn, Penmon, Beaumaris, Ynys Mon,  LL58 8SG

Phone | Ffôn 07813634522  

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Twitter: @paulbrichardson  Skype: paul_br_richardson

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Monday, 19 May 2014

FW: Connected Learning in an Open World Conference, University of Greenwich 8th July 2014


Register now to attend this year’s Academic Practice and Technology Conference at the Greenwich Campus on 8th July.


Our 12th annual, technology-focused conference, Connected Learning in an Open World, will look at the challenges facing teaching and learning in the digital age. Themes will include:

·         the challenges for pedagogical design and development in an open world;

·         what it means to be a connected learner and a connected institution?

·         the impact of 'disruptive' technologies on the student and academic experience, and on learning, teaching and assessment;

·         student-led learning, user-generated content and the challenges of remixing, reusing and curating in a digital age;

·         emerging practices, tools and approaches that enhance learner engagement and transition;

·         the skills and attributes needed for the future workforce;

·         the relationship between universities, colleges, new e-learners and globalised e-employers.


We are delighted to welcome Stephen Downes, National Research Council of Canada, and Diana Laurillard, Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies, and Assistant Director for Open Mode Learning at the London Knowledge Lab as our keynote speakers.


With 20 years’ experience in education technology, Stephen Downes is widely known for his expertise in the field of learning networks and learning content syndication. He is especially known for his seminal work on running the world's first MOOC, Connectivism and Connective Knowledge.


Diane Laurillard is recognised as a leading expert in technology–enhanced learning, and has a wealth of experience advising both government and HE institutions on e-Learning strategy. In addition to the keynotes, you will have the opportunity to debate and explore the significant challenges for HE with other delegates and presenters from institutions across the UK, during 3 sessions of parallel presentations.

For more information please see


Booking information and fees


To book your place you will need to create an account on our conference website. If you have previously registered to attend any EDU conference and have already created a user account, you will need to re-use this account information.

If you cannot remember your username please contact Gillian Keyms at


Information about fees are located at:


Early bird rates are £75. This year we are partners with the European ePIC conference: Register for APT and receive a discount for attending ePIC.


To register please visit


Educational Development Unit, University of Greenwich Tel: 020 8331 7683 Email:




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Monday, 12 May 2014

FW: Goldsmiths Designing Learning Landscapes, Friday 30 May

Subject: Re: [ALT-MEMBERS] Goldsmiths Designing Learning Landscapes, Friday 30 May


Hi everyone


[Apologies for cross-posting]


We still have a few places left for our L&T conference, Designing Learning Landscapes: Mobile, Open, Inclusive, on Friday 30 May. This year’s conference is focused exclusively on TEL. Attendance is free.


Full programme here:

Register here:


Speakers include Belinda Tynan (Open University), Andrea Sella (UCL), Ale Armellini (Northampton) and Diana Laurillard (IoE).




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Goldsmiths Learning Enhancement Unit || 020 7717 2249


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FW: Conference Event Announcement: Where Does Talent Come From?

Subject: Conference Event Announcement: Where Does Talent Come From?

List subscribers may be interested in this forthcoming event.

Apologies for cross posting.

Where Does Talent Come From
& how do you nurture it?

23 July 2014

A one-day conference event presented
at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Birmingham, UK

With Speakers:

Germaine Greer, Academic, Author and Journalist

Tim Harford, Economist, Author
& Presenter of BBC Radio 4's More or Less Adrian Furnham, Professor of Psychology University of London

John Bergman, founder of Geese Theatre Company (USA) Daniella Genas, Director Aspire4U

Laura Caulfield, School of Society, Enterprise and Environment, Bath Spa University Derek McGill, Governor, HMP Barlinnie, Glasgow

plus others to be announced

In the chair Chris Johnston, Rideout

Key Themes:

Creativity as means to help identify and nurture talent New thinking to help those at the margins of society realise their abilities How educational practice informs or hinders the potential of young people The issue of balancing social justice with reward for talent Using the arts to help prisoners re-define themselves

Strategising for the world of work

The Event is for:

Teachers, Artists, Education Managers, Vocational Guidance Counsellors, Heads of Learning & Skills, Voluntary Sector Workers, University Lecturers & Researchers


If you register your interest to attend the event before 19 May the cost of attendance is £120

If you register on 19 May or after, the cost of attendance is £160

To register early is not a binding commitment. No payment is required.

For more information about the event, go to

To pre-register immediately, go to

The event is a culmination of a two-year European Commission-funded programme led by Rideout across six European countries. Rideout is an arts organisation working widely across the fields of arts, education and criminal justice.

More here:

Sunday, 4 May 2014

FW: Higher Education Policy and the Teaching- Research Nexus



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Higher Education Policy and the Teaching- Research Nexus

Date - 18 June 2014, 13.00-16:00

Venue - London Metropolitan University,166-220 Holloway Road, London, N7 8DB

Network - Higher Education Policy

This seminar will consider the often contested relationship between teaching and research in higher education. It is particularly timely given the recent call by David Willetts, Minister for Universities, for a cultural change towards a greater emphasis on teaching. The context is one in which research reputation is critical in the global prestige economy of higher education, but where designations of academics and universities as 'teaching-only' are not uncommon in an increasingly diversified and stratified HE sector. 

''Can we speak of 'teaching' and 'research' any more, and what does this mean for academic work?'

William Locke, (Institute of Education University of London)

The separation of teaching and research is the result of policy and operational decisions made over some forty years or so to distinguish the way these activities are funded, managed, assessed and rewarded.  This separation has gone so far that institutions and individuals that wish to, must make deliberate efforts to optimise the beneficial relationships between the two core activities.  It could also be argued that the descriptive terms 'research' and 'teaching' no longer adequately capture the vast array of activities that institutions providing higher education now undertake.  Yet the processes of extension, fragmentation and disintegration, paradoxically, may be creating new spaces and opportunities for reintegrating and reinventing the core activities of higher education.

For this potential to be fully realised, however, may require a very different division of labour and, in particular, a significant reconfiguring of academic work.  This contribution will build on an international study of the academic profession, current evidence of changes in the academy during the recession and studies undertaken for the HEA.

Re-Rethinking links between research, teaching and educational agendas: Should we?'

Dr. Vicky Gunn, (University of Glasgow)

This presentation will note the discursive re-valuing of teaching agendas within research-intensive institutions as part of an apparent shift in emphasis within UK (in different ways depending on the devolved funding regime) and European contexts.  In such a renewed policy focus, pragmatic questions about what this might mean in actuality have yet to be answered.

As this discursive shift is also happening at a time of change in the way academic career pathways are developing, the links between the researcher roles and teaching responsibilities are being embodied through reward and recognition criteria which do not necessarily align with the more centrally driven agendas outlined in the policy statements.  Indeed, reward and recognition criteria tend to focus on individual activity and are not necessarily underpinned with a problematised understanding of the orientations towards aspects of research as well as education that seem present in the academic community.

This paper will outline two sets of orientations: those related to being a researcher as identified by Hakali & Ylijoki (2001) and Åkerlind (2008) and those related to the educational outcomes academics ascribe to what a university education is about (Gunn & Fisk, 2013).  It will suggest that from these, within research-intensive contexts in particular, we might need a new frame of reference for research-teaching linkages, one that encompasses the discussions and practices of the last decade, but reorients curricular activity towards the spaces of researcher development as it is now constructed. 

The discussion will draw on the presenter's work relating to the development of graduate attributes through research-teaching linkages (QAA Scotland) and her recent HEA commissioned review, Considering Teaching Excellence in HE since 2007.

Lunch will be available at 1pm and the event will start at 1.40. After each paper there will be time for questions and discussion, followed by an opportunity to discuss issues raised in both papers over tea or coffee.

For further details about the Higher Education Policy Network, please contact the network convenor, Prof. Carole Leathwood, Institute for Policy Studies in Education, London Metropolitan University,

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