Thursday, 26 November 2015

FW: Students' perspectives and experiences of independent learning

We are very pleased to announce that our research on students' perspectives and experiences of independent learning is to be launched by the HEA on 2nd December. This includes a free lunch time webinar on 2/12 :, plus we will be delivering a workshop at the Universities UK conference on Enhancing the student experience on 9th December

We found students from all disciplines were under-prepared for the reality of independent learning in higher education. Many  felt overwhelmed by both the volume and type of learning required.

Liz, Chris, Jim and Rob

Liz Thomas, Christine Hockings, James Ottaway and Robert Jones (2015 forthcoming) Independent learning: Student perspectives and experiences. York: Higher Education Academy

This research study was commissioned by the Higher Education Academy, and undertaken by the National Union of Students and Liz Thomas Associates.  



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Liz Thomas Associates

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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

FW: Open University Widening Participation Conference Deadline Extension

Open University Widening Participation Conference 27th – 28th April 2016

HE:  Transforming lives through life-wide learning


The deadline for the receipt of papers for this conference has been extended by popular demand.  The new deadline is close of play Friday 18th December.   We are looking for academic research papers, innovative practice papers and posters around the following themes:


·        Alternative routes into HE

·        Moving from access to widenened success

·        Flexibility and technology

·        Employability

·        The crisis facing mature part time students


We now have confirmed keynote speakers:


John Widdowson, President of the Association of Colleges

Professor Jacqueline Stevenson, Sheffield Institute of Education

Tim Blackman, Vice-Chancellor, Middlesex University

David Hughes, Chief Executive, NIACE

John Storan, Director of Continuum, University of East London

Professor Randall Whittaker, Director of Studies, Leeds College of Art


Visit the conference website here for paper specifications and to book your place.



Wendy Fowle

Research, Evaluation and Information Manager/Widening Access and Success Strategy Manager

01908 654126,

Centre for Inclusion and Collaborative Partnerships (CICP), The Open University


       Visit the conference website for further information


Read what we are thinking at the Access Observatory Blog

Follow us on Twitter @access_observe


Useful sites:

Centre for Inclusion and Collaborative Partnerships Intranet

Widening Access and Success project sharepoint site

Widening Access and Success Internet

               Widening Access and Success Strategy

               Journal for Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning

               Access Curriculum




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Friday, 20 November 2015

FW: [ALT-ANNOUNCE] Support OER16 as a sponsor or exhibitor

The 7th Open Educational Resources Conference, OER16: Open Culture, will be held on the 19th-20th April 2016 at the University of Edinburgh.

The vision for the conference is to focus on the value proposition of embedding open culture in the context of institutional strategies for learning, teaching and research. The conference will be chaired by Melissa Highton, Director of Learning, Teaching and Web Services at the University of Edinburgh, and Lorna Campbell, OER Liaison at the University of Edinburgh and EDINA Digital Education Manager.

Please see below for an overview of the sponsorship and exhibition opportunities available, full details are at

To discuss please contact ALT's Events Manager, Anna Davidge at

*Sponsorship + exhibiting*

You can support the event and our community as a sponsor including space to exhibit on both days. The exhibition area is located at the heart of the conference venue next to the main catering points. As a sponsor who exhibits you will receive:

*prominent identification as a sponsor or partner in the run up and throughout the conference, your details incl logo on conference materials + on the *conference platform *option to include a printed flyer in the conference packs *exhibition space for both days *registration for one delegate incl Gala Dinner *free wireless internet access

Sponsorship with exhibition package: £1500 (VAT is not charged) and other options are available

*Sponsorship only*

As a sponsor you will receive:

*your details and logo on conference materials + on the conference platform *option to include a printed flyer in the conference packs *registration for one delegate incl. Gala Dinner *free wireless internet access

Sponsorship only package: £590 (VAT is not charged)

*Others ways to support OER16*

Contact if you are interested in discussing other ways to support the event or its participants, for example by:

*funding places for learners to participate *sponsoring the Gala Dinner *media support

Full details are available at


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FW: Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching: Frameworks and Practice, 7 April 2016


Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching: Frameworks and Practice

University of Sheffield, U.K

Thursday 7 April 2016 10.00 - 16.30


A one-day event to share frameworks, projects and experience through which interdisciplinary learning and teaching can be approached. The conference focus is on the emerging practices of interdisciplinary learning and teaching and how theoretical pedagogical frameworks might enhance and further develop interdisciplinary learning and teaching practice for foundation level students, undergraduates and taught-postgraduates. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

·         Possible theoretical and pedagogical frameworks for interdisciplinary learning at Foundation and HE level

·         Value in using interdisciplinary learning to explore issues related to knowledge production

·         The impact of interdisciplinary study on learning experiences

·         Sharing of practice and experience in providing and promoting interdisciplinary learning opportunities

·         Interdisciplinary learning within the curriculum and in extra-curricular, non credit-bearing activities

Proposals for presentations of 20 minutes, workshops of 40 minutes, and posters are invited.


Please submit proposals by 29 January 2016. Notifications of successful contributions will be made in mid-February 2016.

For more information contact:



Dr Kimberley Marwood

Project Officer, Projects and Development

University of Sheffield

New Spring House

231 Glossop Road


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Tel: 0114 22 21351


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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

FW: Open Lecture at University of Greenwich - Student engagement: the never ending story


Dear Colleagues,


You are all warmly invited to attend our next open public lecture on 25th Nov at 17.00 featuring Ellie Russell, from the National Union of Students (NUS). Ellie will present on student engagement and teaching excellence. 


The title of her talk is: Student engagement: the never ending story


Engaging students as partners is a very popular concept but very challenging to make a reality. As such it is easy for partnership to become a buzzword – something everyone agrees with without really knowing what it looks like in practice. This interactive lecture will explore different dimensions of student engagement and partnership in the context of a changing higher education landscape.


Ellie Russell is the Student Engagement & Partnership Manager for The Student Engagement Partnership, which supports, develops and promotes student engagement knowledge and practice in the higher education sector in England. TSEP is housed by NUS and funded by HEFCE, Guild HE and AoC. Ellie joined NUS in 2011 after graduating from the University of Leeds with a degree in Politics and Parliamentary Studies. During her studies Ellie completed placements in MP’s offices in Westminster and the Canadian Parliament and was a trustee of Leeds University Union from 2007- 2011. Prior to starting university, she held the elected position of Vice President (Further Education) of NUS from 2005- 2007.



Stockwell street Room S11_0004

10 Stockwell Street


London SE10 9BD


All welcome. No need to book.  


Travel info and maps:


For more information about our Open Lecture series 2015-16 see:


Best wishes




Dr Alice Lau (FHEA)

Senior Lecturer in Learning, Teaching and Professional Development

Educational Development Unit

University of Greenwich

Greenwich Campus

Old Royal Naval College

Park Row

London SE10 9LS

Telephone: + 44 (0)20 8331 9640




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Tuesday, 17 November 2015

FW: MELSIG Digital Narratives Event


MELSIG (Media Enhanced Special Interest Group) is hosting a one-day event focusing on the role of (digital) narrative approaches in education at Nottingham Trent University on Friday 8th January 2016. Details about the event can be found here and a booking form here

The day promises to provide insights into how a range of narrative approaches are being used to support learning, teaching and assessment approaches across a range of learning environments. Participants will gain technological and pedagogic knowledge of how they might adapt similar approaches to fit with their own practices. The event will be a mix of presentations, hands-on workshops and opportunities for discussions with colleagues.

We hope to see you there.


Charlie Davis
Senior Digital Practice Advisor
Centre for Professional Learning and Development Nottingham Trent University

FW: Update UKAT Conference

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Subject: Update UKAT Conference



UK Advising and Tutoring Conference

*Rescheduled to 17th - 18th March 2016*

Exploration of Student Advising, Support and Guidance in the context of Student Success, Attainment and Retention 



 Due to high levels of interest this conference has been rescheduled to allow UKAT to host a much larger 2-day conference! 


Dates:               Thursday 17th - Friday 18th March 2016
Venue:             Southampton Solent Conference Centre, Sir James Matthews Building, 157-187, Above Bar St, Southampton SO14 7NN

Keynotes include:

Charlie Nutt
Executive Director of NACADA - Global Community of Academic Advising, and Associate Director and Assistant Professor in the College of Education at Kansas State University.

Liz Thomas  
Liz Thomas Associates – Higher Education Research and Consultancy, and Professor of Higher Education at Edge Hill University.


Session submissions have been re-opened with the new deadline
11th December 2015


Delegate registration is now open.

 Full conference schedule will be released in early January 2016

In the changing landscape of the HE and FE sector, many new roles are appearing to support and advise our students. The guiding roles of academic faculty and central services are also being re-defined and explored. UKAT's first autumn conference aims to explore the current trends and methods of student advice, support and guidance, consider the broader context of student success, attainment and retention, and promote the sharing of experiences and innovative practice.

United Kingdom Advising and Tutoring is a professional body of practitioners and researchers interested in all aspects of advising and personal tutoring in FE and HE in the UK. UKAT recognises that effective personal tutoring and academic advising is at the core of student success, and aspires to lead the development and dissemination of innovative theory, research, and practice of student advising and tutoring in the UK and beyond.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the change of dates, and hope you are able to join us for our launch event in March 2016.

Best Wishes,

Emily Foster
UKAT Communications Co-Coordinator

There is still time to submit a proposal for a Workshop, Presentation or Poster.


Deadline for submission of sessions is Friday 11th December

UKAT is proudly allied with NACADA - The Global Community for Academic Advising


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Thursday, 12 November 2015

FW: UCU professional development courses: 10 December, Colchester



Dear colleague,

I am pleased to invite you to the following UCU continuing professional development (CPD) courses at the University of Essex in Colchester on Thursday 10 December:

Leadership in education
9:30am – 12:30pm
This half day course is aimed at those hoping to progress to a leadership role, or who would like to consolidate their leadership or team management skills.
Click here to register:

Assertiveness skills
1:30pm - 4:30pm
Developing effective communication and assertiveness skills to help develop your career.
Click here to register:

Courses are free to UCU members and you are welcome to apply for either or both.

Best wishes,

Patrick Moƻle
UCU national organiser

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FW: Social Media for Learning in Higher Education Conference (#SocMedHE15)


The programme is now published!


Social Media for Learning in Higher Education Conference (#SocMedHE15)

Friday 18th December 2015 at Sheffield Hallam University


The inaugural national Social Media for Learning in Higher Education Conference #SocMedHE15, organised by, and held at Sheffield Hallam University is now open for bookings.


The initial programme with authors and abstracts is now available on the conference website. This event will create a forum for academics, their students and strategic managers to consider the opportunities, challenges, and the disruptive influence of social media for learning in HE. The conference keynote is Eric Stoller, who will challenge and inspire us to review social media in our context, explore the opportunities of extending our networks for learning, and understand how we as universities need to respond to the Social Age.


The contents of the programme are now finalised, and timings added in due course. Twitter at @SocMedHE and #SocMedHE15.  


Details of the pre-conference workshops and dinner have now also been released, you can book for these using the conference booking form, or email


Our early bird registration has been extended to Midnight Friday 20th November!


For further details of our ring-fenced accommodation and travel discounts, please visit


Follow us on Twitter @SocMedHE for regular updates
#SocMedHE15 to discuss the event.
Email for any enquiries
Visit the conference site:

Monday, 9 November 2015

FW: [M25-LT-GROUP] Discovery and Discoverability Jan 20th 2016


Discovery and Discoverability Jan 20th 2016

A half day seminar 13.30 until 17.30 at Chancellors Hall Senate House, London

You are invited to another in UCLs series of events addressing new topics and developments in publishing, library and information. Discovery and Discoverability will focus on innovations in how publications and collections are being enhanced for discovery, how they are exposed to search engines and discovery tools and disseminated through social media. It will present both the latest technologies and case studies from different sectors as to how users go about their seaching.

The keynote will be presented by Richard Wallis, a well known figure and speaker in the information world and who is now working as the global lead in the bibliographic implementation of As Chair of the W3C Schema Bib Extend working group and as an insider in Google, Richard is well placed to discuss the state of play and potential for the emerging standard.

This seminar will bring together specialists in providing and supporting discovery engines, experiences from libraries and publishers innovations in delivering content. Delegates will hear more about discovery systems, how new tools are being deployed and used and how to make their content more findable. There will be input from libraries and organisations in the public and private sectors. Presentations will also come from Tom Hatton CEO and Co-Founder of innovative company Refme, a UK start up who will look at discovery through citations, established discovery supplier EBSCO and JISC’s expert Neil Grindley. Case studies will come from the ISSN International Centre in Paris and the University of Hertfordshire. The meeting is co-organised with CIBER Research.

The seminar will be at the usual UCL favourable rate of £110 with a discounted rate for students. Please contact Malvia Plante at


Friday, 6 November 2015

FW: November Teaching and Learning Conversation (TLC) - Free Webinar


Dear colleagues,

Our next Teaching and Learning Conversation will explore the value of “In between spaces for learning” and their role in developing a sense of belonging.

Facilitating the conversation on Thursday 26th November 12:30-13:30 (BST) are Andrew Middleton (Sheffield Hallam University) and Kathrine Jensen (University of Huddersfield)

This interactive webinar we will reflect upon the experience of the learner and the academic in higher education and invite you to consider what in-between spaces (e.g. spaces that are outside pre-defined boundaries of the classroom and VLE) are and how you or your students experience them. Together we will come up with examples of in-between spaces and discuss their characteristics, benefits and importance to developing a sense of belonging.

 How to join the conversation

To attend and take part in the webinar debate simply follow the link to the TLC webinar room here:

To login: Chose the option to Enter as a guest, add your name, institution and country into the Name field and click on the “Enter Room” button.

To ensure that you get the best audio visual experience during the webinars we have provided a simple guide to Ensuring that you are set up correctly to participate in webinars delivered by Adobe Connect.  We recommend that you do this well in advance of the webinar (so that you have plenty of time to seek advice and resolve any issues that you may identify).  Don’t worry it only takes 10-15 minutes as most of the process is automated.

You may also find our Adobe Connect Webinar Participant Guide useful to print out in advance of the session.

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. To find out more please visit the TLC website at:

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 in the TLC archive 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 providing us with some feedback by completing our short survey at:

Through this form, you can 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 Rod Cullen & Chrissi Nerantzi

University of Northampton, contact Prof. Ale Armellini

University of Salford, contact Calum Thomson

University Campus Suffolk, contact Dr Chris Smith

University of Surrey, contact Dr Simon Lygo-Baker

Sheffield Hallam University, contact Andrew Middleton

London Metropolitan University, contact Charlotte Fregona

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