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FW: Conference on innovative approaches to curriculum design and delivery in Higher Education - with the HEA: Westminster Higher Education Forum, Thursday, 27th November 2014

Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar

Innovative approaches to curriculum design and delivery in Higher Education

 

with

Professor Ron Barnett, Lead Consultant, Flexible pedagogies: preparing for the future, Higher Education Academy and Emeritus Professor of Higher Education, Institute of Education, University of London

and

Professor Barry Clarke, Education for the Built Environment Group and Engineering Education Board; Sal Cooke, JISC TechDis; Megan Dunn, NUS; Dr Neil Gordon, Higher Education Academy and University of Hull; Clare Hallows, Bradford College; Jane Kettle, Higher Education Academy; Professor Mike McLinden, Higher Education Academy and University of Birmingham; Professor Mike Neary, University of Lincoln; Professor Philip Plowden, University of Derby; Greham Raynham, Bond Bryan Architects Professor Helen Spencer-Oatey, University of Warwick; Professor Daniella Tilbury, Higher Education Academy; Nicola Turner, Aston University and Dr Steve Wyn Williams, Staffordshire University

 

Chaired by:

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods MP, Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary University Group and Lord Holmes of Richmond, Member, House of Lords Digital Skills Select Committee and Consultant, BPP Law School

 

This event is CPD certified

 

Morning, Thursday, 27th November 2014

Central London

 

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Dear Mr Andrew

 

I am writing to invite you to attend the above seminar. I believe this is the first time I have contacted you. The Westminster Higher Education Forum is a division of Westminster Forum Projects, an impartial and cross-party organisation which has no policy agenda of its own. Forums operated by Westminster Forum Projects enjoy considerable support from within Parliament and Government.

 

Please note there is a charge for most delegates, although concessionary and complimentary places are available (subject to terms and conditions - see below).

 

This conference focuses on innovative approaches to curriculum design and delivery in Higher Education.

 

It comes as Higher Education providers face demand for more flexible modes of learning - in preparation for the removal of student number controls and as students call for greater value for money in light of higher tuition fees.

 

The agenda includes discussion on how to incorporate latest developments in learning technologies into teaching and learning practice and new models of course delivery such as MOOCs.


The seminar follows the HEA report, recently published, on 
Flexible pedagogies: preparing for the future - and includes a keynote presentation from the project’s lead consultant, Professor Ron Barnett, along with a presentation from Dr Neil Gordon, Author, Flexible Pedagogies: technology-enhanced learning.

 

Areas for discussion include:

  • Latest thinking on curriculum development and implementation;
  • Creating more flexible learning hours - and resources to accommodate part-time students and mature students;
  • Engaging with employers in course design - and increasing the number of in-course work-based learning opportunities;
  • Greater use of student feedback for course design - and reacting to student expectations; and
  • Challenges posed by curriculum re-design - particularly the effects on student assessment and pedagogy.

 

The draft agenda is copied below my signature, and a regularly updated version is available to download here. The seminar is organised on the basis of strict impartiality by the Westminster Higher Education Forum.

 

Speakers

 

We are delighted to be able to include in this seminar a keynote address from: Professor Ron Barnett, Lead Consultant, Flexible pedagogies: preparing for the future, Higher Education Academy and Emeritus Professor of Higher Education, Institute of Education, University of London.

 

Further confirmed speakers include: Professor Barry Clarke, Chairman, Education for the Built Environment Group and Chairman, Engineering Education Board; Sal Cooke, Director, JISC TechDis; Megan Dunn, Vice President, Higher Education, NUS; Dr Neil Gordon, Author, Flexible Pedagogies: technology-enhanced learning, Higher Education Academy; Lecturer and Director of Taught Postgraduate Studies, Department of Computer Science, University of Hull; Clare Hallows, Registrar, Bradford College; Jane Kettle, Author, Flexible Pedagogies: employer engagement and work-based learning, Higher Education Academy; Professor Mike McLinden, Author, Flexible Pedagogies: part-time learners and learning in higher education, Higher Education Academy; Programme Lead (Visual Impairment) and Co-Director of Education, University of Birmingham; Professor Mike Neary, Dean of Teaching and Learning and Director, Graduate School, University of Lincoln; Professor Philip Plowden, Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Derby; Greham Raynham, Studio Director, Bond Bryan Architects; Professor Helen Spencer-Oatey, Director, Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick; Professor Daniella Tilbury, Co-Author, Flexible Pedagogies: new pedagogical ideas, Higher Education Academy; Nicola Turner, Director of Employability, Aston University and Dr Steve Wyn Williams, Dean of Academic Policy and Development, Staffordshire University.

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods MP, Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary University Group and Lord Holmes of Richmond, Member, House of Lords Digital Skills Select Committee and Consultant, BPP Law School have kindly agreed to chair this seminar.

 

Networking

 

This seminar will present an opportunity to engage with key policymakers and other interested parties, and is CPD certified (more details). Places have been reserved by officials from the Competition and Markets Authority and Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from Aga Khan University; Aston University; Birkbeck College; Bournemouth University; Canterbury Christ Church University; Cardiff Metropolitan University; Cardiff University; Chartered Society of Designers; City and Islington College; City College Norwich; College of Optometrists; Cranfield University; Durham University; Education Futures Collaboration; Falmouth University; Jay Consulting; Keele University; King’s College London; King’s College London, Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery; Kingston University; Leeds Trinity University; Loughborough University; NACUE; Navitas UK; Newcastle College; Newcastle University; Nottingham Trent University; Oxford Brookes University; Plymouth College of Art; Regent’s University, London; School of Medical Education, King’s College, London; Shipley College; Southampton Solent University; Stockport College; Swansea University; The Open University; UCD; University of Chester; University of Chichester; University of Derby; University of Dundee; University of Huddersfield; University of Hull; University of Northampton; University of Portsmouth; University of Reading; University of Sheffield; University of South Wales; University of Southampton; University of Sunderland; University of Surrey and WMG.

 

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group numbering around 120, including Members of both Houses of Parliament and officials from BIS and other Government departments and agencies, university and college leaders; academics and other higher education professionals; representatives from students’ unions; businesses and their advisors; interest groups and the voluntary sector; along with commentators and reporters from the national and trade press.

 

Output

 

A key output of the seminar will be a transcript of the proceedings, sent out around 10 working days after the event to all attendees and a wider group of Ministers and officials at BIS and other government departments and agencies affected by the issues; and Parliamentarians with a special interest in these areas. It will also be made available more widely. This document will include transcripts of all speeches and questions and answers sessions from the day, along with access to PowerPoint presentations, speakers’ biographies, an attendee list, an agenda, sponsor information, as well as any subsequent press coverage of the day and any articles or comment pieces submitted by delegates. It is made available subject to strict restrictions on public use, similar to those for Select Committee Uncorrected Evidence, and is intended to provide timely information for interested parties who are unable to attend on the day.

 

All delegates will receive complimentary PDF copies and are invited to contribute to the content.

 

Booking arrangements

 

To book places, please use our online booking form.

 

Once submitted, this will be taken as a confirmed booking and will be subject to our terms and conditions below.

 

Please pay in advance by credit card on 01344 864796. If advance credit card payment is not possible, please let me know and we may be able to make other arrangements.

 

Options and charges are as follows:

  • Places at Innovative approaches to curriculum design and delivery in Higher Education (including refreshments and PDF copy of the transcripts) are £210 plus VAT;
  • Concessionary rate places for small charities, unfunded individuals and those in similar circumstances are £80 plus VAT. Please be sure to apply for this at the time of booking.

 

For those who cannot attend:

  • Copies of the briefing document, including full transcripts of all speeches and the questions and comments sessions and further articles from interested parties, will be available approximately 10 days after the event for £95 plus VAT;
  • Concessionary rate: £50 plus VAT.

 

If you find the charge for places a barrier to attending, please let me know as concessionary and complimentary places are made available in certain circumstances (but do be advised that this typically applies to individual service users or carers or the like who are not supported by or part of an organisation, full-time students, people between jobs or who are fully retired with no paid work, and representatives of small charities - not businesses, individuals funded by an organisation, or larger charities/not-for-profit companies). Please note terms and conditions below (including cancellation charges).

 

I do hope that you will be able to join us for what promises to be a most useful morning, and look forward to hearing from you soon.

 

Yours sincerely 

 

Jonny Roberts

 

Jonny Roberts

Associate Editor, Westminster Higher Education Forum

 

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Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar

Innovative approaches to curriculum design and delivery in Higher Education

Timing: Morning, Thursday, 27th November 2014

Venue: Central London

 

Draft agenda subject to change

 

8.30 - 9.00

Registration and coffee

 

 

9.00 - 9.05

Chair’s opening remarks

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods MP, Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary University Group 

 

 

9.05 - 9.30

Preparing for the future - conditioning flexibility in course design and delivery

Professor Ron Barnett, Lead Consultant, Flexible pedagogies: preparing for the future, Higher Education Academy and Emeritus Professor of Higher Education, Institute of Education, University of London

Questions and comments from the floor

 

 

9.30 - 10.15

Institutional processes and the redesign and delivery of courses

What steps can be taken to simplify and coordinate universities’ internal processes, for example timetabling, department funding and decision-making procedures to enable more flexible and innovative course design? What impact will the growth in the number of alternative providers in Higher Education have on sector-wide moves towards more flexible course delivery? What are the structural challenges for delivering courses over non-traditional timeframes; how might e-learning help? How can HE providers act to minimise the wider cultural and organisational barriers to redesigning course and their delivery? In light of higher tuition fees and greater focus on employability, should Government encourage more universities offer two-year degrees; how could institutions prepare students and lecturers for these courses and how financially sustainable are these courses? How can best practice examples of flexible and out-of-hours student support be better shared across the HE sector; what lessons can be learned particularly from FE colleges?

Professor Mike McLinden, Author, Flexible Pedagogies: part-time learners and learning in higher education, Higher Education Academy; Programme Lead (Visual Impairment) and Co-Director of Education, University of Birmingham

Dr Steve Wyn Williams, Dean of Academic Policy and Development, Staffordshire University

Professor Philip Plowden, Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Derby

Clare Hallows, Registrar, Bradford College

Questions and comments from the floor

 

 

10.15 - 11.00

Redesigning courses to respond to advances in technology and changing trends

What is the potential for technology to allow universities to provide more personalised learning pathways for students; what are the limitations and how should HE providers deal with challenges for implementation? What can be learned from successful examples of campus redesign to better integrate technology into course delivery and encourage the greater use of blended-learning? Is the focus on contact hours, highlighted in Key Information Sets (KIS), a disincentive to using forms of technology-enhanced learning that reduce the number of traditional lectures and seminars? How should course designers and deliverers respond to the trend for greater student collaborative working and the challenges this poses for assessment and potential for plagiarism?

Dr Neil Gordon, Author, Flexible Pedagogies: technology-enhanced learning, Higher Education Academy; Lecturer and Director of Taught Postgraduate Studies, Department of Computer Science, University of Hull

Sal Cooke, Director, JISC TechDis

Greham Raynham, Studio Director, Bond Bryan Architects

University case study

Questions and comments from the floor

 

 

11.00 - 11.05

Chair’s closing remarks

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods MP, Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary University Group 

 

 

11.05 - 11.25

Coffee

 

 

11.25 - 11.30

Chair’s opening remarks

Lord Holmes of Richmond, Member, House of Lords Digital Skills Select Committee and Consultant, BPP Law School

 

 

11.30 - 12.10

Engaging employers in the design and delivery of courses

What can be done to encourage greater involvement from businesses to aid the design of courses to ensure graduates leave with the necessary skills required for employment, and how can institutions support those who would be involved in this process? How can universities ensure academics are aware of latest developments in their related industries so these can be reflected in course design? What can universities, industry bodies and Government do to encourage more employers to offer Year in Industry placements; will the new cap of £1,350 for ‘sandwich’ years encourage more students to undertake this option? How can sharing of best practice between academics and employers - and student feedback be encouraged and utilised to make work-based learning as effective as possible?

Nicola Turner, Director of Employability, Aston University

Jane Kettle, Author, Flexible Pedagogies: employer engagement and work-based learning, Higher Education Academy

Professor Barry Clarke, Chairman, Education for the Built Environment Group and Chairman, Engineering Education Board

Questions and comments from the floor

 

 

12.10 - 12.55

A changing student experience - involving students in course design and diversifying course content

In what ways can universities involve students in course design, and what role could alumni play; how can best practice be shared across the sector? Do university structures allow course leaders to react quickly to student feedback and adjust the design of courses accordingly? Should more universities encourage students to work across course boundaries, for example different creative arts disciplines collaborating or business students working with science students, where does it work best and how could this be integrated into the curriculum across more subject areas? What are the benefits and challenges presented by the move towards greater internationalisation of course curricula; what lessons can be learned about curriculum design from other nations?

Professor Daniella Tilbury, Co-Author, Flexible Pedagogies: new pedagogical ideas, Higher Education Academy

Professor Mike Neary, Dean of Teaching and Learning and Director, Graduate School, University of Lincoln

Professor Helen Spencer-Oatey, Director, Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick

Megan Dunn, Vice President, Higher Education, NUS

Questions and comments from the floor with Dr Alex Ryan, Co-Author, Flexible Pedagogies: new pedagogical ideas, Higher Education Academy

 

 

12.55 - 13.00

Chair’s and Westminster Higher Education Forum closing remarks

Lord Holmes of Richmond, Member, House of Lords Digital Skills Select Committee and Consultant, BPP Law School

Jonny Roberts, Associate Editor, Westminster Higher Education Forum

 

 

 

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