Saturday, 30 May 2015

FW: SEEC Summer Symposium, Dimensions of Credit: Current UK Perspectives



SEEC Summer Symposium

Dimensions of Credit: Current UK Perspectives

Friday 19 June 2015

09.30 – 15.30

Holborn Bars

138-142 Holborn, London EC1N 2NQ


This event is an opportunity to take part  in what will essentially be a ‘masterclass’ in topical credit issues. It will be led by QAA staff and will be based around the recent QAA consultation on Qualification descriptors (Quality Code Part A) and the need to articulate learning outcomes for subsidiary awards.  There will also be a session looking at the new Degree Apprenticeships and implications for credit.


The format of the Event will be a presentation followed by focussed discussion on each of the three topic areas.  For the two areas led by the QAA, the intention is also to feed back to them following discussion.  A draft Programme is attached.


To register for the Symposium, please book online at:


The Cost is £95 for SEEC and NUCCAT members (£185 for non-members).


I am very much looking forward to welcoming you all to this event.


Alison Street

SEEC Administrator


'SEEC - Recognising Learning Through Credit!'



c/o Dr Mark Atlay PFHEA

Director of Teaching and Learning

Centre for Learning Excellence

University of Bedfordshire

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Luton, LU1 3JU

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Friday, 29 May 2015

FW: QMUL Summer Lecture Series: International Higher Education


QMUL Summer Lecture Series

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QMUL Summer Lecture Series: International Higher Education

Join us for four lectures this July exploring major themes in international higher education, hosted by QMUL's Centre for Academic and Professional Development.  These lectures are free to attend and open to all, but please book a place in advance by clicking on the relevant links below.

All lectures take place 17:00-18:30 in the David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Francis Bancroft Building, Queen Mary University of London
Mile End Campus.  For more information please visit or click on the lecture titles.


Medieval Universities: Privileged, Distinctive and Embedded
Professor Miri Rubin, Professor of Medieval and Early Modern History and Head of the School of History, Queen Mary University of London
Monday 20 July, 17:00-18:30



Formal and Hidden Curricula for Global Students
Dr David Killick, Head of Academic Staff Development, Leeds Beckett University
Tuesday 21 July, 17:00-18:30


The Growth and Impacts of Transnational Higher Education
Professor David Sadler, Vice Principal (International), Queen Mary University of London
Wednesday 22 July, 17:00-18:30


Introduction to the Field of Digital Humanities
Dr Anouk Lang, Lecturer in Digital Humanities, the University of Edinburgh
Thursday 23 July, 17:00-18:30

These events are taking place as part of the ADEPT Summer School, an intensive week of CPD developing teaching and academic practice which is designed for anyone supporting student learning around the world. For more information please visit or email 


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FW: Registration Open: Enhancing Student Learning Through Innovative Scholarship Conference


Enhancing Student Learning Through Innovative Scholarship: The Role of Teaching Focused Academics in driving the evolution of HE

16th  and 17th July 2015, Durham University

With the increasing focus brought to bear on teaching in higher education in recent years, the scholarship of teaching and learning has risen in prominence, with an increasing number of Universities actively engaged. A key element in this is the role of academic staff on teaching focused contracts – often known as Teaching Fellows. A recent study by the HEA puts this issue into context:


“HESA data for 2012-13 show that just over 25% of academic staff were on teaching-only contracts. The report shows too that there is a predominance of teaching-only contracts among part-time academics, and that while an increasing proportion of teaching is undertaken in universities and colleges that do not have research degree awarding powers and do not receive significant amounts of research funding, a clear hierarchy exists, with research widely seen as ‘more important’ – for institutional reputation and career advancement than teaching. There remains, the report says, a significant a gap between policy and implementation regarding promotion policies in higher education institutions, and few identifiable promotions to senior positions solely on the basis of

teaching excellence.”


To raise the profile of teaching focused academics in the research-intensive climate, it is vital to raise the profile of teaching as a valued activity institutionally across the HE sector. The best way to achieve this is through the promotion of the innovative scholarly activity being undertaken by teaching focused academics. This first meeting of a national teaching fellow network is therefore a forum to share innovative scholarship across disciplinary boundaries and to develop a national voice for teaching focused academics.


Conference themes include:

·         Embedding and Enhancing Scholarship

·         Working with Students as Partners

·         Student Transitions

·         Career Pathways for Teaching Focused Academic Staff 

·         Scholarship to Support Student Learning


A draft conference agenda and book of abstracts are available here:

·         Draft Programme:

·         Book of Abstracts:


Interest in this conference has been exceptionally high with over 20 UK HEIs and 4 international HEIs presenting at the meeting. Registration is open here  until 20th June 2016 at 1pm.  Places are limited so we’d encourage you to sign up as soon as possible. 


Further information is available from our website


Wednesday, 27 May 2015

FW: Dublin eLearning Summer School 2015 - "Digital Agendas?"


Dublin eLearning Summer School 2015 - “Digital Agendas?

Dublin Institute of Technology, 22 June to 26 June - booking now open

Since 2003, the award-winning Dublin eLearning Summer School has operated as a forum for those interested in experiencing, exploring and learning more about existing and emerging learning technologies. With a unique combination of keynote speakers, seminars and hands-on workshops, participants get an opportunity to immerse themselves in the digital mindset, supported by eLearning experts from across the Irish higher-education sector. While the emphasis is on collaboration, discussion and social learning, ELSS also gives participants an opportunity to develop their personal learning networks as they discuss meaningfully, with like-minded peers, how technologies could be utilised to enhance learning, teaching and assessment experiences. ELSS15 takes place from 22-26 June 2015 inclusive, hosted in the Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton Street Campus.

Daily rates are available (75 euros per day) and participants from both public and private sectors are very welcome!

For more details - see

Questions? Email or phone 01-4027866


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Dr. Pauline Rooney FSEDA


Learning, Teaching & Technology Centre,

Dublin Institute of Technology


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Monday, 25 May 2015

Mobile technologies in developing countries

Mobile technologies for learning in developing countries

Date: 18 June 2015 Time: 16.30 - 19.00

Venue: Lecture Theatre 3 - Management School, Lancaster University

Professor Mpine Makoe, University of South Africa and Professor Mikko Ruohonen, University of Tampere, Finland (Visiting Academics). In this public lecture Professors Mpine Makoe and Mikko Ruohonen will present findings from their fundamental research about how mobile technologies are being developed and used to support learning in developing countries. The research will consider the ways in which this has been achieved, challenges faced, outcomes arising, and prospects for the future. The academics will offer fascinating insights into practices that already exist within remote and rural areas of Africa and India.

This will be followed by a question & answer session and a drinks reception.

This event will be live streamed -

Further information about Mpine Makoe

Further information  about Mikko Ruohonen

Please email Alice Jesmont to reserve a place.


Who can attend: Anyone interested in this educational field

Associated staff: Don Passey

Organising departments and research centres: Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning, Educational Research



Alice Jesmont

Educational Research Department

D57/59 – County South

Lancaster University

Lancaster. LA1 4YD

+44 (0) 1524 592893


Doctoral Programme PhD in E-Research and Technology Enhanced Learning

This innovative four year structured PhD will give you training in research methodologies and
practice, as well as providing you with a period of intensive, individual research that is
supervised by an expert in the field.


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Friday, 22 May 2015

FW: Flipping the Institution: Higher Education in the Post Digital Age

Dear Colleagues, early bird registration for the Academic Practice and Technology (APT) conference: Flipping the Institution: Higher Education in the Post Digital Age closes on 24th May. The conference, which takes place on Tuesday 7th July is our thirteenth annual conference hosted jointly by the University of Greenwich and the London School of Economics. It provides an opportunity for delegates and presenters to share, debate and explore the significant challenges for higher and post-compulsory education and training arising from these waves of rapid change in a post-digital age.

To view more information, visit:
To book your place, visit:

Many thanks for reading and hope to see you there!

Simon Walker. NTF, PFHEA
Head, Educational Development
University of Greenwich

Thursday, 21 May 2015

FW: International Approaches to Preparing WP Students for HE Study













































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FW: the next TLC webinar is approaching


Teaching and Learning Conversations (TLC)


Dear colleagues,

Patrick Baughan, Senior Lecturer in Educational Development at the Department of Learning Enhancement and Development at City University London will lead TLC webinar on Tuesday the 26th of May, 12-1pm UK time during which we will discuss Sustainability in higher education.



The purpose of this webinar is to discuss an empirical study in which I invited university staff employed in the field of educational development to provide their views about sustainability in higher education. The aims of the study were to: (a) seek educational developer views about whether sustainability (particularly sustainability in the curriculum) could form a more central part of their own work; (b) invite comment about the current Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) Sustainable development in higher education policy. The study seeks to offer some rich data from the ‘educational developer voice’ about sustainability, which could be useful for informing future versions of relevant policy, but that might also be helpful in casting light on the relationship between educational development and sustainable development. The project was undertaken by way of nine semi-structured interviews at six different (UK based) universities. In light of its outcomes, I will explain that educational developers offer varied conceptions and accounts of sustainability, and different views about its role and position in relation to university curricula. I will argue that sustainability is an area that should not be imposed on educational developers but that it provides an opportunity for that community. In addition, policy needs to provide more direction about sustainability in teaching, curricula, and other areas of pedagogy, and here too educational developer perspectives could be valuable and should be sought out.


We hope you will be able to join us.


How to join the webinar

To attend and take part in the webinar access the TLC webinar room here:
To login: Enter as a guest and add your name, institution and country.

We highly recommend that you access the webinar room about 30 mins in advance to test the technology. For further help with this, please check

Webinars enable active participation using audio, video, text and the whiteboard. A headset is required to fully participate. If you are not planning to speak you will just need headphones to listen to the discussion. When you have entered the webinar room, start the Audio Setup Wizard under Meeting at the top left to check your headset.

Please note

A recording of the webinar will be made available at the same URL under a creative commons licence.


About Teaching & Learning Conversations

TLC is an exciting cross-institutional collaboration to provide open CPD opportunities for everybody teaching and/or supporting learning in Higher Education. TLC  brings together colleagues from different disciplines, institutions and countries. TLCs are also open to students in HE and we are very interested in including students’ contributions to the programme.

Together, we discuss and debate a variety of current teaching and learning topics in a series of webinars which provide a great opportunity to reflect on and share good practice and to find out what is happening beyond your own institution the more global HE landscape.

All webinars are open to the wider community to join.

Please feel free to share the link to the TLC programme and individual webinars with others who might also be interested. Further information and recordings from previous webinars can be found at

If you have engaged in any way with the TLCs so far, as a participant, facilitator or watched any of the recordings, please consider completing this short survey at Through this form, you will also to claim your TLC badge. Thank you very much.

We hope you will be able to join us for this TLC webinar.


The TLC team


Participating institutions and contacts

Manchester Metropolitan University, contact Chrissi Nerantzi & Dr Rod Cullen

University Campus Suffolk, contact Dr Chris Smith

University of Surrey, contact Dr Simon Lygo-Baker

Sheffield Hallam University, contact Andrew Middleton

University of Northampton, contact Prof. Ale Armellini

London Metropolitan University, contact Sandra Sinfield


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Wednesday, 13 May 2015

FW: Retention and success seminar


Dear Colleagues,

I’d like to invite you to participate in a free, 60-minute webinar on Tuesday 2nd June at 12.30pm (BST) about student monitoring and information to enhance student retention and success.  For further details and to book a place please go to:


As you know, I have been researching student retention and success for some time now, and found student engagement in the curriculum and belonging to their academic programmes are crucial.  This involves a mainstream and inclusive approach, but it does need to be underpinned by data: in particular knowing which students are not engaging, using a range of engagement indicators.


Starfish tools provide institutions with a means to connect together different information and data sources, and to proactively follow-up and engage with students.  The webinar will talk about the issues and demonstrate the tools.  I have been learning and reviewing Starfish for about a year, and I think it offers a potentially useful solution to many UK and Irish institutions, and I thought you might find it interesting and useful in your continuing work to improve the student experience and student satisfaction and outcomes. 


With best wishes



Tuesday, 12 May 2015

FW: eLearning 2.0 2015 Conference


Brunel University, UK
July 29, 2015

"The Paradigm Shift: Refocusing on the Student"

eLearning 2.0 is a lively international conference exploring technology-enhanced learning and social media technologies. The conference is a collaborative space for educators, students, researchers, entrepreneurs, and policy makers to share their eLearning classroom successes, as well as new developments in their research and workplace. The main theme of this year's conference is "The Paradigm Shift: Refocusing on the Student". This educational paradigm shift is fuelled by the unprecedented access that students now have to information coupled with a view of learning as a constructive process consisting of selecting, organising and integrating information.

The theme broadens the discussion from last year's theme of "Flipping the Classroom." It seeks to showcase any use of technology to enhance learning which requires us to "think differently." The conference seeks contributions on evolving pedagogical approaches, as well as to raise the profile of research in technology-enhanced learning; spread good practice in the use of technology to enhance learning; and facilitate collaboration between practitioners, researchers, and policy makers.

Chris Evans, Brunel University, UK
Jennifer Killham, University of Cincinnati, USA

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: flipping the classroom, use of social media for teaching, constructivist and connectivist theories of learning, games and gamification, the maker movement, security, privacy, social networking, podcasting, wikis, blogging, video sharing, screencasting, folksonomies, MOOCs, eLearning 2.0 and people with disabilities, the potential impact of eLearning 2.0 on the Third World, creativity and Web 2.0, human-computer interaction, and business.

eLearning 2.0 will comprise invited keynote speakers and individual presentations. Presentations will be in one of three formats:

• Traditional 20 minute presentations in PowerPoint or Prezi
• Shorter 5 minute 20 slide (Ignite) presentations in PowerPoint
• Poster presentations

Powerpoint/Prezi presentations will be recorded and published online as a series of screencasts. There are no full papers published or required.

All welcome! Whether you are conducting educational research, responsible for policies for technology enhanced learning, or just experimenting or planning to experiment with technology enhanced learning, you are very welcome to participate. Presenters must submit a 500 word ABSTRACT and TITLE for BLIND REVIEW. Doctoral students are particularly encouraged to apply. Submission indicates consent for your presentation to be screen recorded.

Brunel Business School (Eastern Gateway building), Brunel University, West London, UK. Brunel University is in Uxbridge on the western edge of London. Uxbridge is in a prime location for reaching the transport network that embraces London and South-east England. It is a short drive from the M4, M40 and M25 and has the added benefit of being on the edge of the London Underground network. It is a 25-minute drive from London's Heathrow airport.

SUBMISSION with "eLearning2.0" in the subject line.

Submission of title and abstract DEADLINE: May 29, 2015