Wednesday, 31 January 2018

FW: [M25-LT-GROUP] Research and Innovation in Distance Education and E-learning Conference 2018 Booking Now Open


Research and Innovation in Distance Education and E-learning Conference 2018


Learning Design: Integrating Learning, Teaching and Student Support


We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for our annual conference, Research and Innovation in Distance Education and E-learning 2018, which will be held on Friday 16 March.


Our two keynote speakers for this year will be:



Dr Sharon Slade, Student Experience Manager, The Faculty of Business and Law, The Open University:

Learning analytics: ethical considerations


Professor Mark Brown, Director, National Institute for Digital Learning, Dublin City University:

Learning Design for Student Success: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.


This one day event explores new directions and developments in distance education and technology-enhanced learning. With a strong research focus it incorporates outputs from the CDE’s programme of Teaching and Research Awards. The programme features seminars  and workshops around the themes of  learning design, assessment, learning analytics, open educational resources and open educational practice, MOOCs and serious games.


Tickets are priced at £50 with free places for CDE Fellows, University of London International Academy staff and International Programme Community members from Member Institutions. Tickets can be reserved on our booking website.


A summary of last year’s conference can be found here.


Places are limited so sign up quickly to avoid disappointment!




Centre For Distance Education

University of London International Programmes

Stewart House | 32 Russell Square | London WC1B 5DN | United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)207 862 8378




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Monday, 22 January 2018

FW: Registration for CAN 2018 is now open!


Registration is now open for the Change Agent Network Conference 2018 - Student-Staff Partnerships in an Age of Change.
University of Winchester (19th-20th April 2018).


Over 60 papers, workshops and symposiums showcasing Student Engagement, Partnership, Digital Skills initiatives and research from across UK Higher Education

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Tali Atvars—Winchester Student Union President
Colette Fletcher—Assistant Vice Chancellor (University of Winchester)
Professor Tansy Jessop – Professor in Research Informed Teaching (Southampton Solent University)

To Register:
Please visit the University of Winchester registration page.
Take advantage of the Early Bird conference rate!


Keep up to date

Please visit our CAN blog  and follow #CAN2018 to keep updated on conference developments and please contact with any queries.

We look forward to sharing practices with you at the 2018 annual Change Agents’ Network event.



Conference themes:

Theme One: Keeping student engagement and partnership relevant in an age of change

Theme Two: Researching, evaluating and evidencing effective engagement and partnership

Theme Three: Developing digital capabilities in an ever changing landscape

Theme Four: Ensuring the student voice is heard and the feedback loop is completed

Theme Five: Student-staff partnerships to support innovation and inclusivity in the curriculum

Theme Six: Entrepreneurship and innovation showcase


[Full agenda to be released in February 2018]


Best wishes



Cassie Shaw | FHEA

Learning and Teaching Enhancement Officer

University of Winchester


T: 01962 675198

University of Winchester, a private charitable company limited by
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Registered Office: Sparkford Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 

FW: Paul Prinsloo webinar 29 Jan, Student consent in learning analytics: finding a way out of the labyrinth


Student consent in learning analytics: Finding a way out of the labyrinth


Paul Prinsloo, Research Professor in Open and Distance Learning, Department of Business Management, University of South Africa

12 noon GMT, Monday 29 January 2018.


User consent in the collection, analysis and use of their data remains highly problematic despite advances in regulatory and legal environments, greater transparency, and public awareness regarding the increasing ubiquity of surveillance. Evidence suggests that despite concerns and awareness about privacy and downstream use of personal data, users are not always rational or make informed decisions regarding trusting online service providers and continue to exchange personal data for (perceived or real) services/benefits.


In higher education contexts, students consented to the collection, analysis and use of their data as part of the learning contract with institutions. Institutions then had the contractual and fiduciary duty to ensure not only the protection of this data, but also to regulate legitimate use of this data, often without students knowing the extent to which their data are used to shape their learning experiences. With the increasing volume, velocity and variety of data available to institutions, the initial consent at the point of registration increasingly does not warrant the unrestrained and opaque use of students' data. As learning analytics fall outside the purview of Institutional Review Boards, we need to seriously consider the ethical and moral implications of student consent.


Details of more ELESIG webinars at



Professor Rhona Sharpe

Head of Department of Technology Enhanced Learning

Tel: +44 (0) 1483 683350Email:

University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH, UK


Sunday, 21 January 2018

FW: Book Launch: Mass Intellectuality and Democratic Leadership in Higher Education - 2nd Feb, 4.30pm


Birmingham Autonomous University Collective are organising the following event (supported by MGSISRFWestmere UGS and CPT):


Mass Intellectuality and Democratic Leadership in Higher Education (edited by Prof. Richard Hall and Dr. Joss Winn)


Book launch

4.30 – 7.30pm, Friday 2nd February 2018

Dinner buffet will be provided between 6.30 – 7.30pm

Westmere House, University of Birmingham

Register here or by emailing us at


This book critically analyses intellectual leadership in the university, exploring ongoing efforts from around the world to create alternative models for organising higher education and the production of knowledge. Its authors offer their experience and views from inside and beyond the structures of mainstream higher education, in order to reflect on efforts to create alternatives. The authors argue that mass higher education is at the point where it no longer reflects the needs, capacities and long term interests of global society. An alternative role and purpose is required, based upon 'mass intellectuality' or the real possibility of democracy in learning and the production of knowledge.


The event will be split into short interactive sessions.

Richard Hall and Joss Winn (the editors) will introduce the book at large, followed by a short discussion. Then, chapter authors Joyce Canaan, Tom Henfrey, and Jenny Pearce will deliver short presentations.

The second half of the event will involve a workshop inspired by Gordon Asher's reflective piece at the end of the book. Small group discussions will be facilitated by BAU members.


Spaces are limited - if you cannot attend anymore, please let us know.


To access the ebook, please click here.

To visit the book's page on Bloomsbury's website, please click here.


All best wishes,


Birmingham Autonomous University Collective member

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

FW: WIAS Workshop: Academic Labour, Digital Media and Capitalism


WIAS Workshop: Academic Labour, Digital Media and Capitalism


Wednesday 31 January 2018



309 Regent Street

University of Westminster

London W1B 2HW




This workshop marks the publication of the special issue "Academic Labour, Digital Media and Capitalism" in tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique. We will hear presentations by experts who have contributed to the issue: guest editor Thomas Allmer (University of Stirling), Karen Gregory (University of Edinburgh) and Jamie Woodcock (LSE).


Modern universities have always been embedded in capitalism in political, economic and cultural terms. In 1971, at the culmination of the Vietnam War, a young student pointed a question towards Noam Chomsky: "How can you, with your very courageous attitude towards the war in Vietnam, survive in an institution like MIT, which is known here as one of the great war contractors and intellectual makers of this war?" Chomsky had to admit that his workplace was a major organisation conducting war research, thereby strengthening the political contradictions and inequalities in capitalist societies.


Today, universities are positioning themselves as active agents of global capital, transforming urban spaces into venues for capital accumulation and competing for international student populations for profit. Steep tuition fees are paid for precarious futures. Increasingly, we see that the value of academic labour is measured in capitalist terms and therefore subject to new forms of control, surveillance and productivity measures. Situated in this economic and political context, the new special issue of tripleC (edited by Thomas Allmer and Ergin Bulut) is a collection of critical contributions that examine universities, academic labour, digital media and capitalism.



Workshop presentations:


Anger in Academic Twitter: Sharing, Caring, and Getting Mad Online

Karen Gregory, University of Edinburgh


Digital Labour in the University: Understanding the Transformations of Academic Work in the UK

Jamie Woodcock, LSE


Theorising and Analysing Academic Labour

Thomas Allmer, University of Stirling


The workshop will be chaired by WIAS Director and tripleC co-editor Christian Fuchs. WIAS invites everybody interested to attend this afternoon of talks and discussions tackling the question of academic labour in the age of digital capitalism. A coffee break is provided.


Thomas Allmer is Lecturer in Digital Media at the University of Stirling, Scotland, UK, and a member of the Unified Theory of Information Research Group, Austria. His publications include Towards a Critical Theory of Surveillance in Informational Capitalism (Peter Lang, 2012) and Critical Theory and Social Media: Between Emancipation and Commodification (Routledge, 2015). For more information, see Thomas' website.


Karen Gregory is a Lecturer in Digital Sociology at the University of Edinburgh, a digital sociologist and ethnographer. She researches the relationship between work, technology, and emerging forms of labour, exploring the intersection of work and labor, social media use, and contemporary spirituality. She is the co-editor of the book Digital Sociologies (Policy Press, 2017).


Jamie Woodcock is a fellow at the LSE and author of Working The Phones. His current research focuses on digital labour, the sociology of work, the gig economy, resistance, and videogames. He has previously worked as a postdoc on a research project about videogames, as well as another on the crowdsourcing of citizen science. Jamie completed his PhD in sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London and has held positions at Goldsmiths, University of Leeds, University of Manchester, Queen Mary, NYU London, and Cass Business School.


Christian Fuchs is Professor at the University of Westminster. He is the Director of the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) and Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies (WIAS). His fields of expertise are critical digital & social media studies, Internet & society, political economy of media and communication, information society theory, social theory and critical theory. He co-edits the open-access journal triple:Communication, Capitalism & Critique with Marisol Sandoval.

FW: CfP RAISE 2018


RAISE 18 Call for Papers


Working better together: collaborations in student engagement

5th – 7th September 2018, Sheffield Hallam University


The annual conference for Researching, Advancing & Inspiring Student Engagement (RAISE) is being held on 5th to 7th September.   The call for papers is now live and we ask for your proposals by 28th February 2018.

The conference offers the opportunity to showcase practice and research and take part in lively discussion about student engagement and partnership. Staff in all roles, students, and others interested in university and college higher education are welcome to contribute.

For more details, visit the Call for Papers on our RAISE 18 website.

@RAISEnetwork   #RAISE18





Dr Jill LeBihan SFHEA Head of Student Engagement
Student Engagement, Evaluation and Research
Oneleven Building | City Campus
0114 225 5983 | |

Conference Organiser RAISE 2018


Monday, 15 January 2018

FW: Announcing the 2018 e-Assessment Question Conference

16th e-Assessment Question
'Risk and Reward: How do we deliver the benefits of e-Assessment?'
America Square Conference Centre, City of London - Weds. 18th and Thurs. 19th April 2018 in association with the e-Assessment Association e-Assessment Awards Gala Dinner

We are delighted to announce the e-Assessment Question Conference and Exhibition, the 16th annual international conference on e-Assessment and computer supported assessment and qualifications.

Computer based assessment has grown significantly since the early days of automatic test publishing and certification. We have seen developments like paperless examination projects, e-proctoring, open badges, social media, BYOD, the growth of e-portfolios, the proliferation of question types, the rise of government initiatives and policies following FELTAG and Curriculum for Excellence, including the focus on technology in Apprenticeships, the expectations of digital natives resulting from rapid growth in technology and its use.

Both days will look at the broad spectrum of innovative e-assessment from assessment for learning and formative assessment in the classroom and the workplace, to digital delivery of high stakes qualifications, to the use of technology to support and enhance assessment, qualifications and certification - developing robust, reliable and cost-effective solutions to support learners, teachers and institutions.

This year's event includes speakers from across Europe and beyond as well as the UK educational firmament, including educational institutions, awarding and professional bodies and suppliers.

Bookings may be made for either day or both days of the event, with a discount for Charities, Schools, Colleges, Universities and those in the public sector. We are delighted to be working with the e-Assessment Association and their gala dinner to be held on the evening of the 18th April 2018 at which the second e-Assessment Awards will be presented. Delegates to the conference can optionally book their place at the dinner when booking for the conference.

We trust you or one of your colleagues will be able to join us for what will certainly prove to be an invaluable and thought-provoking event.

Jeff Ross
Director, Assessment Tomorrow

email : for more details Visit the e-Assessment Question 2017 web site: to read more about the conference and for details on how to registration.

FW: DCG Spotlight on digital capabilities 4 - bookings are now open


DCG Spotlight on digital capabilities (4)


Date:                     Tuesday 15 - Wednesday 16 May 2018

Venue:                   Radcliffe Conference Centre, University of Warwick

Booking deadline:     Friday 20 April 2018

Booking details:  

Hashtag:                 #udigcap


The fourth UCISA Spotlight on Digital Capabilities event will be held on Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 May 2018 at the University of Warwick in the Radcliffe Conference Centre – a newly refurbished conference and hotel centre in the heart of the campus. 


The theme of the conference is from theory to action; we will explore strategies and approaches to moving beyond the theory of digital capabilities, the frameworks and pilot projects, to implementation, and ultimately, change.

Presenters from a range of institutions will showcase their work, share their experience, approaches and strategies to help delegates improve digital capabilities, engage staff and students in their digital skills development and instigate change at their institutions.


We are delighted to be joined by Donna Lanclos, Library Anthropologist, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, who will deliver one of this year’s keynotes as well as an interactive workshop.  We look forward to hearing Donna’s provocative take on frameworks, models, identity and moving beyond metaphors.  


Following positive feedback from last year’s event, we will be running parallel sessions on the first day, allowing longer interactive workshops and an opportunity to select topics of most relevance to delegates’ roles and interests.

This event will be of particular interest to those involved in supporting and promoting digital skills development, such as IT trainers, learning technologists, library and IT staff and educational developers.  We will be updating the programme online over the next couple of weeks.  Our previous events have sold out so early booking is advised. 


We look forward to seeing you in May!


The UCISA Digital Capabilities Group


BrĂ­d Field

Events and Membership Officer

T: + 44 (0)1865 283425

UCISA, University of Oxford, 13 Banbury Road, Oxford  OX2 6NN

 UCISA Leadership Conference, 7-9 March, Bournemouth International Centre



Thursday, 11 January 2018

Another time, another space: on the aesthetic foundations of pedagogy

Another time, another space: on the aesthetic foundations of pedagogy

Start: Jan 24, 2018 05:30 PM 
End: Jan 24, 2018 07:15 PM

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

FW: Register for Enhancing Student Engagement Conference, 15 February 2018


I hope this finds you well. Registration for Enhancing Student Engagement 2018, to be held on 15th February at Resource for London, is open and tickets are selling fast. We’re delighted that Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive of the Office for Students and Alison Johns, Chief Executive-designate of the UK’s new merged sector agency will be delivering keynote presentations. The morning keynote session will include Nicola Dandridge in conversation with Amatey Doku, NUS Vice President for Higher Education.  


We’re also pleased to share a packed agenda full of interesting and insightful content from providers, students’ unions, and sector organisations. The presentation papers and workshop sessions address the broad range of conference themes, presenting established practices, conceptual underpinnings and innovative work which explores:

·         Innovations in student representation and student voice systems

·         Inclusive approaches to student engagement

·         The role of data in informing student-led change

·         Using technology to extend and enhance student voice

·         Reflections on ‘partnership’ and ‘power’, and what these framings mean for student engagement. .


The full agenda is available to view at, along with a link to the registration portal. We hope that you’ll be able to join us.


Best wishes,





Ellie Russell | Student Engagement & Partnership Manager
Email: Phone: 07977 980 871 The Student Engagement Partnership
Macadam House, 275 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8QB

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Monday, 8 January 2018

FW: Call for Papers: STLHE2018 in Quebec, Canada, June 19 - 22, 2018

Dear Colleagues,

The Annual Conference of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) will be held in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada, from the 19th to the 22nd of June 2018 with the theme "Pedagogical Innovation: Adapting Practice to Evolving Cultures". We are pleased to inform you that the call for papers is now launched. You are invited to submit a proposal for the STLHE 2018 conference by January 15th, 2018.

Please follow this link for information about the Call for papers:

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Chères et chers (choisir le bon en fonction du destinataire) collègues,

Je suis responsable du Comité des communications et du multimédia du congrès SAPES 2018 et je vous écris pour savoir s'il vous est possible de partager l'appel à communication (voir le texte qui suit) sur vos listes de distribution et vos médias sociaux?

C'est sous le thème "Innovation pédagogique : pratiquer dans un contexte de cultures en changement" que se déroulera à Sherbrooke, QC, du 19 au 22 juin 2018 le congrès de la Société pour l'avancement de la pédagogie dans l'enseignement supérieur (SAPES). Nous sommes heureux de vous informer que l'appel à communications est maintenant lancé. Vous êtes donc invités à soumettre un projet de communication pour le congrès 2018 de la SAPES d'ici le 15 janvier 2018.

Merci de votre intérêt et au plaisir de vous rencontrer!

Twitter: STLHE/SAPES 2018 @STLHE_2018


Many thanks for considering this invitation: this is the largest national teaching and learning conference in Canada and the quality of the papers and the overall conference is very high. I hope to see you all in the beautiful Eastern Townships of Quebec, an international vacation destination for individuals and families.

Nous vous remercions de prendre en considération cette invitation. Il s'agit du plus grand congrès national sur l'enseignement et l'apprentissage en enseignement supérieur au Canada. La qualité des communications est très élevée. J'espère toutes et tous vous voir dans la magnifique région de l'Estrie au Québec, destination internationale de vacances pour les particuliers et les familles.

My very best wishes to you all,


Dr. Jessica Riddell

Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair of Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Chair, Department of English, Bishop's University 3M National Teaching Fellow (2015) Chair, Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC)<>

Dr. Jessica Riddell
Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair of Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Chair, Department of English, Bishop's University 3M National Teaching Fellow (2015) Chair, Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC)

Bishop's University
2600 College
Sherbrooke, Québec
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FW: Invitation to inaugural lecture if you are on the South Coast Wednesday 31st january

Inaugural lecture: #hashtags, handhelds and handbags: enabling students to blend life and learning

BU research Rachel Bowen

In this public lecture Professor Debbie Holley will explore the impact of technology as an enabler as our students navigate their way through increasingly complex and ‘messy’ lives, juggling debt, work, caring responsibilities and study. Technology is not only a tool, but offers insights into the lives of others, and possibilities of building networks and studying in different spaces. What should our response as educators be?

This interactive lecture will be preceding by a one hour ‘suite of innovation’ where attendees will be able to try out some of the innovations in learning BU offers its students, including Oculus Rift, Google Cardboard, augmented reality, Mentimeter and BU’s new Virtual Learning Environment ‘Brightspace’ . Our Learning Technology team will be on hand to help you get set up to tweet the event (#TalkBU), to download Google Cardboard App, Zappar App and chat about their work.

Professor Holley is the Professor of Learning Innovation and the Head of our Centre for Excellence in Learning at Bournemouth University. A passionate educator, she is a National Teaching Fellow and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. A JISC ‘Digital Expert’, she leads on digital innovation to encourage students to blend and personalise their learning inside and outside the formal classroom. Internationally her work is acknowledged through her research into the student experience and education futures.

You can book your free tickets here.




Professor of Learning Innovation &

Head, Centre for Excellence in Learning

Researcher: CEMP

Bournemouth University

Executive Business Centre

89 Holdenhurst Road

Bournemouth  BH8 8EB

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FW: EDULEARN18 announcement in institutional website


We are glad to inform you that EDULEARN18 (10th annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies) will be held in Palma de Mallorca (Spain), on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of July, 2018.

The information is available at:


It would be highly appreciated if you could publish this upcoming event EDULEARN18 in your institutional or departmental website. We are sure that it will be very interesting for professionals in the area of Education, Research, Innovation and New Learning Technologies.

After 10 years, EDULEARN has become an annual meeting point for lecturers, researchers, professors, educational scientists and technologists. Every year, EDULEARN brings together over 800 delegates from 80 different countries.


This conference will provide the ideal opportunity to present your projects and experiences to an international audience. Also, it will offer participants an overview of the current situation of education and new learning technologies.


The deadline for abstract submissions is March 22nd, 2018.

Abstracts should be submitted on-line at


EDULEARN18 Proceedings will be reviewed for their inclusion in the ISI CPCI (Web of Science). Previous editions are already indexed. Also, a DOI number will be assigned to each accepted paper.


Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Yours sincerely,


EDULEARN18 Organising Committee



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