Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Fwd: Call for Contributions: Becoming Well Read 2020 (BWR20)

The Keele Institute for Innovation and Teaching Excellence (KIITE) would like to welcome contributions to Becoming Well Read, our annual academic reading symposium, April 1st 2020.

This exciting, practice-focused day brings together experiences from a range of communities to explore academic reading practices, reflect on the challenges of teaching reading for academic purposes, and share interesting and innovative methods.
Following last year's highly successful event, the second symposium will continue to explore this vital but often overlooked aspect of academic literacy. It will be valuable to anyone whose central focus is educational, learning or academic development, and to academic teaching staff who are looking for new ways of supporting their students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Within the general theme of reading for academic purposes, we welcome proposals for active and participatory workshops of 45 minutes on the following themes:

> Innovative approaches to teaching or supporting academic reading practices.
> Relationships between reading and scholarship/research/disciplinary identity.
> The role of social reading practices in the academic community.
> Academic reading as pleasure.
> Searching, selecting and curating reading (library perspectives).
> Transitions from FE to HE.
> The use of digital technologies to support critical reading.

Proposals should be submitted by midnight on Monday, 27th January, 2020 here.
For more information, please visit the conference webpage and follow discussions about this on Twitter using #WellReadHE

Posted on behalf of my colleague
Angela Rhead, SFHEA
Teaching Fellow /Learning Developer
Student Learning / Keele Institute for Innovation and Teaching Excellence
a.rhead@keele.ac.uk  01782 734093

Dr Chris Little
Teaching Fellow/Learning Developer - PGCE, MA, SFHEA, CMALT, ALDinHE Certified Leading Practitioner
Student Learning - Keele Institute for Innovation and Teaching Excellence
Twitter: @drlittle26

Working Group Member: LearnHigher

Monday, 16 December 2019

Fwd: Bookings now open: Women in Tech Conference: Supportive, Disruptive, Resilient

Bookings are now open and can be done here: https://www.ucisa.ac.uk/Events/2020/May/WiT20


In the 2017/18 academic year only 19% of Computer Science students were women and in 2018 only 15% of Computer Science graduates were women. And yet there are countless studies showing that there is a shortage of digital and technology skills within the UK.


The Women in Tech Group are pleased to offer you an opportunity to join us in a one-day conference on 13th May 2020 to discuss ways we can all help in making the workplace and industry more appealing to women and help bridge the diversity and skills/recruitment gap. Under the three strands of Supportive, Disruptive and Resilient we will be exploring:


Supportive – "I can't be what I can't see"


Positive role models, career challenges at different life stages and challenging societal stereotypes.


Disruptive - "Pay it forward"


Showcasing successful change initiatives, behaviours and culture worth challenging


Resilient - "Thrive, not just survive".


Mental and physical wellbeing, work-life balance and connecting support networks


We are putting together a programme that will not only answer these and other questions but will challenge the status quo. As with all ucisa events there will be plenty of opportunity to network including a dinner the night before.


There will also be a "fireside chat" session where you'll be able to vote to throw your least favourite aspect of working in an IT environment into Room 101.


The event is aimed at staff of all grades and experience, men and women. From those wanting support or help with navigating their career to those who are able to provide that support or facilitate and affect change.


We will be holding the conference at the BCEC, right in the heart of Birmingham, a couple of minutes' walk from New Street station. Accommodation will be on site at the adjacent Holiday Inn.


Call for speakers:

If you would be willing to share your experiences or knowledge at this event in a presentation then the WiT committee would be really pleased to hear from you. Please email events@ucisa.ac.uk to register your interest in presenting.


Bookings are now open and can be done here: https://www.ucisa.ac.uk/Events/2020/May/WiT20


We hope to see you there!

Best wishes,  



Siรขn Thomas

Events and Membership Officer

e: events@ucisa.ac.uk

t: 01235 980121




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Thursday, 12 December 2019

Fwd: WORKSHOP: What is the future of the PG Cert Teaching & Learning in Higher Education?


Our workshop aims to instigate a wider, cross-institutional and national level discussion of the place, value, future and evidence *for* PG Certs in learning and teaching in HE in today's UK higher education. These questions are highly relevant for the educational development community as well as academic and professional services leaders, policy makers and strategists in education and staff development in HE for two main reasons. Firstly, recent changes in the regulatory (e.g. TEF) and operational (e.g. increasing student-staff ratios and reliance on fixed-term contract staff for teaching) landscapes of the HE sector have seen the gradual disappearance of these PG Certs, and their replacement with alternative teaching qualifications, e.g. teaching fellowships. Secondly, existing evidence for the effect of teaching qualifications on staff development in teaching and learning appears to favour PG Certs over their alternatives. The workshop will engage participants in a long-needed debate about what makes effective staff development, and the scholarship that can determine it. It will present and summarise for the debate and discussion the existing evidence from published research in the impact of teaching qualifications on staff development, including personal data of the workshop leads.

Please see SEDA Website for further details. Follow discussions about this and other SEDA conferences on Twitter using #sedaconf.


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Friday, 6 December 2019

Fwd: Event - 20-22 April 2020 - Digital Pedagogy Lab UK - Milton Keynes


The PRAXIS WELS Scholarship and Innovation Centre are delighted to be hosting the Digital Pedagogy Lab UK which takes place 20-22 April 2020 at The Open University, Walton Hall in Milton Keynes..


The Digital Pedagogy Lab UK is a unique event which explores the meaningful connections between digital technology, teaching, and learning. The Open University, one of world's only fully online universities, provides a perfect setting for this discussion. DPL UK will offer a special opportunity for collaboration, creation, exploration, and invention for international educators at all levels.


Registration includes one 3-day course of your choosing, two keynote addresses, breakfast and lunch each day, and a special reception on the first evening.


For further information on the programme and to register please click here


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Monday, 2 December 2019