Re: ‘Enhancing student engagement’ conference, Cardiff Met, 20 April 2015
As many of you will be aware, on 20 April 2015, Cardiff Metropolitan University will be hosting a learning and teaching conference that will explore ways of enhancing student engagement through online learning communities.
Please note that the deadline for submitting an abstract for this conference is Friday, 20 March. We welcome abstracts for papers addressing a broad range of issues: online communities, flexible learning, blended learning, distance learning, work-based learning, collaborative provision, skills and professional development and digital literacies. We are particularly interested in papers addressing Moodle, any form of social media, and the development of academic skills and graduate attributes through such media.
Tickets for the conference are moving quite quickly, so please reserve a place as soon as possible if you wish to attend. Please note, tickets have been reserved for all speakers.
Details of the conference are set out below. If you have any questions about the arrangements, please contact Dr Chris Dennis (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Stuart Abbott (email@example.com). We look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible to the University in April.
Enhancing student engagement through online communities
Cardiff Metropolitan University, Monday 20 April, 2015
We are pleased to confirm Professor Daniella Tilbury and Dr Alex Ryan of the University of Gloucestershire as keynote speakers.
Professor Daniella Tilbury, Dean of Sustainability, University of Gloucestershire
Professor Tilbury is Marie Curie Professor in Education for Sustainability and Dean at the University of Gloucestershire. Daniella co-wrote the HEA Commissioned 'Flexible Pedagogies: New Pedagogical Ideas' report and led a large HEFCE funded 'Leadership, Governance and Management' project on embedding ESD into quality assurance processes in higher education. She chairs UNESCO's Global Monitoring and Evaluation Experts Group in Education for Sustainability and is the Director of the University Educators for Sustainable Development initiative which involves 54 university partners in 33 countries. Daniella a fellow of the Salzburg Global Academy, the Royal Society for the Arts (FRSA), the Leadership Trust and Co-Chairs the Sustainable Futures Leadership Academy for Higher Education.
Dr Alex Ryan, Associate Director of Sustainability (Academic), University of Gloucestershire
Dr Ryan is responsible for curriculum and professional development at the University of Gloucestershire in Education for Sustainability and co-authored the HEA Commissioned 'Flexible Pedagogies: New Pedagogical Ideas' report. She managed the Leading Curriculum Change for Sustainability project, funded by HEFCE in partnership with QAA, and is Academic Co-ordinator for the EC-funded University Educators for Sustainable Development project. She has been an academic consultant to HEA since 2004 in pedagogical development, evaluation of Subject Centres and ESD. Alex teaches Religious Studies with the Open University, is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (FRSA) and Honorary Research Fellow at Cardiff University.
Online communities, such as those created through virtual learning environments like Moodle and Blackboard or social media platforms including Twitter and Facebook, are rapidly becoming a principal means of engaging students in the learning process within higher education.
Identified as a prominent aspect of broader flexible and social learning pedagogies (Ryan and Tilbury, 2013), virtual online learning spaces are becoming an important feature of educational provision at this level with implementation occurring both within and outside of formal curricula. There is now a greater expectation for institutions and individual tutors working in today's universities to adapt the traditional learning experience and environment in order to meet the differing learning needs of a diverse, fee-paying student body. Indeed, flexibility is a key element of successful and impactful teaching that heightens student engagement.
In light of the growing importance of this aspect of learning and teaching in higher education, the aim of this conference is to explore ways in which online communities might be successfully deployed and exploited in order to enhance student engagement. It is intended that the conference provides colleagues working in learning development, and in higher education more broadly, with a platform to present ideas regarding the implementation of online learning communities across curricula or examples of how online communities have successfully impacted on student engagement with learning.
It is intended that the conference brings together professionals working in learning and teaching development and associated fields, and provides opportunities for colleagues to disseminate and discuss examples of best practice. We would welcome papers related to issues such as online communities, flexible learning, blended learning, distance learning, work-based learning, collaborative provision, skills and professional development and digital literacies. We are particularly interested in papers addressing Moodle, any form of social media, and the development of academic skills and graduate attributes through such media.
Please send abstracts to Dr Chris Dennis (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Dr Chris Dennis
Academic Skills Specialist / Arbenigwr Sgiliau Academaidd
Cardiff Metropolitan University/ Prifysgol Metropolitan Caerdydd
Llandaff Learning Centre/ Canolfan Dysgu Llandaf
Room / Ystafell T1.07
Llandaff Tel: (029 2041) 6561
‘Enhancing student engagement’ conference, Cardiff Met, 20 April 2015