Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Fwd: RCE conference next week

European Regional Centres of Expertise (RCEs) in Education for Sustainable Development

A very varied two-day programme. Free to book for members and non-members.

The annual RCE European meetings brings together members of European Regional Centres of Expertise (RCEs) in Education for Sustainable Development, and anyone with an interest in collaborative local action and learning for sustainability.

This year's conference theme is "Climate Emergency: Joined-up Climate Action". The event takes place online from November 24th to 25th. 

Presentations and resources will be available to attendees online during the week preceding the event. 

Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Fwd: WEBINAR: Meeting the challenge of getting students reading!

WEBINAR: Meeting the challenge of getting students reading!
Webinar, Wednesday 2nd Dec, 4:00pm-6:00pm (GMT)

A workshop evaluating strategies for the promotion of high-quality academic reading through active learning.

The workshop asks the question: How can we support active reading strategies in an online environment and what works?

The challenge is that students aren't reading (research tells us that an expectation that 27 per cent of students are doing the set reading is a high estimate) and they're reluctant to engage with some of the reading we recommend.

That's a problem because we want our students to become good at writing; because critical thinking emerges through academic writing; but before writing comes reading.

So, this workshop aims to evaluate some of the strategies that staff on the Media Production programme at Solent university have employed in getting students reading high-quality academic sources, understanding their structure, and helping them with comprehension, interpretation, paraphrasing, and synthesis.

In particular, the workshop will look at how these strategies can be moved from face to face in a classroom to an online and remote learning scenario. It takes as it's starting point a workshop delivered earlier in the year that modelled active reading as an in-class activity.

For further information on the workshop delivered in Spring 2020 read our blog post: I am not an academic: get me out of here!

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Monday, 16 November 2020

Fwd: ICALLD symposium-over-time - Save the date!

The interactive hour-long session will discuss Thriving in Action, a unique initiative now used in over 30 institutions across Canada:


Thriving in Action: A Flourishing Program That's Flourished


December 8, 2020 from 10-11 p.m. (GMT) 

Zoom link: 


In this uplifting, experiential session, ICALLD participants will be introduced to Ryerson University's Thriving in Action (TiA) program, a unique mind-body-heart-spirit intervention for struggling students. TiA's curriculum blends Positive Psychology, CBT, mindfulness, somatic traditions, and holistic learning strategies. In TiA, we have created a semester-long, equity-driven, non-prescriptive, upstream, health-promoting, early alert, pre-probation, midstream transition & retention initiative. 


Join Dr. Diana Brecher and Dr. Deena Kara Shaffer to 

  • learn more about TiA, 
  • explore the Canadian academic and wellbeing landscape, 
  • hear from other Canadian educators implementing TiA, 
  • expand your own repertoire of resilience practices, and 
  • walk away with a sense of community and hope.



Dr Carina Buckley, PFHEA

Instructional Design Manager | Solent Learning and Teaching Institute

Southampton Solent University | East Park Terrace | Southampton SO14 0RJ

T: 023 8201 3336 E:|

Co-Chair, ALDinHE 


Fwd: University of the Highlands and Islands: Assessment & feedback symposium - Inclusive assessment



Assessment & feedback symposium: Inclusive assessment

12:30 – 14:00 Wednesday 18 November

09:30 – 11:30 Thursday 19 November


**Apologies for cross posting, this email has been sent to the LTA Forum, Subject Network Leaders and LTA Mailing List**

The University of the Highlands and Islands' Learning and Teaching Academy team would like to invite anyone in the sector to some keynote sessions being held as part of an online symposium:

Session Outline

The theme for the LTA's third Assessment and Feedback symposium is Inclusive Assessment. Inclusive assessment (IA) means considering all aspects of assessment - from development of marking criteria to method and mode of feedback – to ensure that no students are excluded. Although originally focusing on students with disabilities, IA now means examining where implicit and unconscious bias could marginalise any students, and eliminating this for the benefit of all students.



  • Keynote presentation and workshop: 360° inclusive feedback 
  • Putting ideas into practice: Inclusive assessment in Brightspace 
  • Keynote workshop: A social justice model of assessment 
  • Sharing best practice: Lightning talks from UHI colleagues  


There are 4 different parts to the symposium (as above), however only the 'keynote' sessions are available externally as they have relevance beyond UHI, with other sessions focussing on internal policy and practice and hence limited to UHI colleagues.


Keynote presentation and workshop: 360° inclusive feedback - Virna Rossi, PGCert/MA Course Leader, Ravensbourne University, London 

Dr Mustapha Aabi, Associate Professor and course leader of Educational Psychology, Ibn Zohr University, Agadir, Morocco

Wednesday 18 November 12.30 – 14:00


In the first half of this session, the speakers will introduce the concept of 360-degree feedback, explaining its underpinning principles and how it can be used to support a range of learners. The second half will be an active workshop in which participants can try out the techniques to experience first-hand how 360-degree feedback works in practice.


Keynote workshop: - A social justice model of assessment - Dr Pauline Hanesworth (SRUC) 

Thursday 19 November 09:30 – 11:30


Assessment and feedback in tertiary education is neither value neutral nor culture free: within its procedures, structures and systems it codifies cultural, disciplinary and individual norms, values and knowledge hierarchies. This leads to inequities in the learner experience and often results in disparities in outcomes. In short, assessment and feedback in its traditional form can be inherently unjust. In this workshop, we will explore the ways in which assessment can embed inequity, and a potential alternative approach. Focusing on assessment at point of design, and drawing on the theories of universal design for learning and culturally sustaining pedagogy, the workshop will support delegates to design assessment that is "socially just", enabling all students to meet their potential.



This event with run online via Webex Meetings and colleagues are welcome to attend one or both keynote sessions. To book this online event, please email specifying which keynote session(s) you would like to attend. We will then send out links to the sessions where you can join.


Dr Pauline Hanesworth

Pauline is the Head of Learning and Teaching at Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), prior to which she spent six years as an Academic Lead at the Higher Education Academy (now Advance HE) where she led work related to equality and diversity in learning, teaching and assessment (on which she researches) and to teaching excellence. She has supported a variety of institutions, faculties, programmes and individual academics to develop their pedagogic practice and firmly believes that good learning and teaching should be equitable and challenging, well-designed and fun.

Virna Rossi 

Virna (independent educational developer, PGCert/MA Course Leader at Ravensbourne University London) is an educationalist who cares. She has been teaching for over 22 years. Her journey started as a Languages teacher in primary, secondary, Fe and HE settings. Since 2008 she has been in various educational development roles, currently at Ravensbourne University London. She is a SFHEA and a FSEDA. 

Her multilingual and multicultural life experiences have made her very aware of the value of diversity. Her main research interests are in inclusive learning design and she is editing a book on this subject with over 60 contributors from all over the world. One of the contributors is Dr Mustapha Aabi with whom she has been collaborating on feedback practices. Virna's motto is 'Learn to thrive'.

Dr. Mustapha Aabi

Dr. Mustapha Aabi is currently an Associate Professor and course leader of Educational Psychology at Ibn Zohr University, Agadir – Morocco, and a member of the steering group of the International Collaboratory for Leadership in Universally Designed Education (INCLUDE).

He has taught courses in Linguistics and Education in several countries, and has served in education leadership positions, and in different capacities on several international conference, workshop and training program committees. His research interests lie in the areas of trans-linguistics and education. He has collaborated actively with researchers in several other disciplines of education, particularly inclusive education, leadership and early education on issues at the linguistic, cultural and pedagogical intersections.


We want to make this a positive experience for all participants and hope we have met everyone's needs in joining this session.  If you have particular access needs please contact us at so we can work together to get you as good an experience as we can.

Best wishes

Jane Steele

Information and Communications Assistant

Learning and Teaching Academy