Wednesday, 27 September 2017

FW: CFP for 7th International Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference, Ohio, USA


Dear All,

Please share that the CFP for the 2018 Threshold Concepts Conference is now open. The proposal system is live and will accept submissions until December 1.



Please note that conference costs and hotel information is all listed on the website. We will open registration most likely end of December or early January.



Elizabeth Wardle

Howe Professor, English Department

Director, Roger and Joyce Howe Center for Writing Excellence (HCWE)

King Library 130

Miami University

Oxford, Ohio


FW: I-MELT: 30 September Early Bird Registration closes + full draft program now available + Webinar 6 October

Dear colleague

The full program (draft) of Keynotes, presentations and workshops is now available for the International conference on Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching (I-MELT), National Wine Centre Adelaide, 11-13 December 2017.

Conference website<>
Accommodation at conference rates is disappearing fast, and is generally tight mid-December.

There are presentation streams on research skills, problem based learning, work skills, critiques, system/university-wide thinking, e-learning, schooling, authentic learning and partnerships. Workshops will run in parallel to presentation sessions, so that you may have a change of pace during the 3 day program, and find time and ways to adapt MELT to your practice and context.

Consider registering in the next five days under the early-bird rate (until 30 September) and join colleagues from SE Asia, the Pacific, Europe, North and South America and across Australasia for a conference that may MELT your mind.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

In the build up to I-MELT, colleagues in teams from 3 states will run a webinar on a MELT theme each have been working on since December 2016. To kick us off, we have the South Australian team:
Webinar: MELTing to drive evidence based decision making
6 October 2017
This webinar will consider evidence based decision making in a variety of contexts and disciplines.
Date: Friday 6 October
12.30 pm Central Daylight time
1.00 pm Eastern Daylight time
12.00 pm Eastern Standard time
10.00 am WA
(+10.30 GMT/Universal time)
The Zoom platform is web-based and user friendly
Equipment: A headset is good for speaking quality, but not essential- you may just want to text chat or observe.
Please run a sound-check within Zoom before commencement time. Click on the arrow next to the mic icon, bottom left, choose 'Audio options' and click 'Test computer mic and speakers'.

I hope to see you online

Dr John Willison
Senior Lecturer
Research Skill Development project<>
Research Enabling a Coherent & Harmonising Education (REACHE) group
School of Education
808, 10 Pultney St
University of Adelaide
+ 61 8 83133219<>

International conference on Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching<>, part of my National Senior Teaching Fellowship, Australian Government Department of Education and Training.

What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite.
-Bertrand Russell, philosopher, mathematician, author, Nobel laureate (1872-1970)

Monday, 25 September 2017

FW: Announcement: The Centre for Recording Achievement 4th National Tutoring Seminar and Cohort 3 of the SEDA Personal Tutoring Award


We are pleased to announce that the 4th National Tutoring Seminar will take place at Sheffield Hallam University on Wednesday 11th October 2017 between 9:45am and 15:10pm. The focus of the seminar will be on contemporary narratives of personal tutoring and academic advising including work being done by colleagues to enhance student learning and success.  A programme is attached and further details are available on our website.


Confirmed contributors include:-


Mike Laycock who wrote a SEDA Special on Personal Tutoring - Personal Tutoring in Higher Education - Where Now and Where Next?


Cathy Malone and colleagues from Sheffield Hallam University describing their successful institutional strategy to enhance personal tutoring.


Sam Dent from the University of Sheffield will talk about the HEFCE-funded RARA project - Raising Awareness, Raising Aspiration project that focuses on personal tutoring to close gaps in student attainment.


Alison Wilkinson and Ben Walker from the University of Lincoln started working on the HEFCE funded Intervention for Success project this summer, and have created a suite of materials for tutors and their tutees. They will share their work so far with participants.


All of the institutions that are subscribers to the CRA and acheived a Gold TEF Award had explicit statements about personal tutoring and academic advising in their submissions. Steve Outram has explored these statements and will share his findings with participants.


You can book onto this event by clicking the following link or by completing and returning the attached booking form.


SEDA CRA Personal Tutoring and Advising Award


The third cohort of this highly successful SEDA accredited programme will be launched at the end of this seminar where participants will be able to find out more about the programme as well as get started on it.  You can now reserve your place on this award by clicking here or by completing and returning the attached booking form. More details are available on our website.


Any queries, please contact Cath Hewson or Steve Outram.


Best wishes




Steve Outram

The Centre for Recording Achievement


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Friday, 22 September 2017

FW: Research concerning Use and Abuse of the Student Voice


Please see details below of a free workshop to be held in Sheffield on 20th October concerning some LFHE-funded research into use and abuse of the Student Voice. If you can make it, the booking link is at the bottom of the message. Please feel free to forward to other interested colleagues. If you have any further questions about the project, please email me (Jill) directly at or the co-research lead, Stella Jones-Devitt at


With all good cheer,



Dr Jill LeBihan SFHEA Head of Student Engagement

Student Engagement, Evaluation and Research

Oneleven Building | City Campus

0114 225 5983 | |






The Use and Abuse of the Student Voice: a National one-day workshop at Sheffield Hallam University


The current climate in H.E. for lecturers, students and leaders of both of these groups can be uncomfortable. Discomfort is generated by a perception that measures such as the Teaching Excellence Framework and module questionnaires operate as proxies for evaluation of the performance of academic staff. These processes of evaluation (managers evaluating lecturers who are evaluating students who are evaluating lecturers) potentially disrupt the traditional trust between lecturers and their students that is required for effective learning.


‘The Use and Abuse of the Student Voice’, funded by a Leadership Foundation Small Development Project grant, investigates the challenges for academic leaders created by the need to develop education in the context of evaluation of teaching by students. You are welcome to share the emerging findings of our project at a national workshop on 20th October 2017 at Sheffield Hallam University. We aim to help colleagues to make best use of the student voice to recognise and support teaching excellence. We will also use workshop participants’ feedback to further define and develop the project’s leadership materials. 


The event will be of interest to staff in Higher Education involved in making use of student evaluations of teaching, and to leaders of academic staff with a commitment to using the student voice productively to inspire professional development.


The workshop is free and includes lunch.  You can register for it here .