Thursday, 9 September 2021

Fwd: 15th European Conference on Game Based Learning (ECGBL 2021)

Preparations for the 15th European Conference on Games Based Learning - (ECGBL 2021) being supported virtually by ACI and the University of Brighton, UK on 22nd – 24th September are now almost complete and we are looking forward to a successful conference. We confirm that the conference this year will be an interactive, virtual/online event.
Registration to attend the conference as a non-presenting participant is open and costs only £50 (+VAT).
Benefits of attending include:
•       access to a wide range of live presentations on different approaches to Games Based Learning from around the world.
•       Topical keynote presentations from:
•       Pete Jenkins, CEO of Gamification+ Ltd on the topic: Seven Steps to Gamification Success
•       Diana Laurillard, Professor of Learning with Digital Technology at UCL Knowledge Lab, University College London on the Topic: A Constructionist approach to games for conceptual change
•       Presentations for the 9th International Educational Games Competition.
•       Interactive networking sessions
•       an electronic version of the Conference Proceedings
•       Conference sessions will be recorded and participants will have access to these after the event.
For registration details, please follow the link below:
We are also running Two Virtual workshops on the 22nd of September 2021. All workshops will be interactive learning experiences being conducted using Zoom.
Full day: Educational Escape Room Workshop
Led by Dr Panagiotis Fotaris, University of Brighton, UK
Afternoon (GMT+1): Using Embodied Methods in Designing STEM Learning Games
Led by Lars Elbæk, Rasmus Vestergaard Andersen and Søren Lekbo, The University of Southern Denmark
Virtual Workshop fees range from £25-£50 and full details and a link to register can be found here:
The programme is regularly updated and you can see the current schedule here:
We have also created a Facebook group specifically for this event. Use this group to get in touch with fellow participants and share experiences of the ECGBL conference. Everyone is welcome to join this group, simply follow the link below and we will accept you as a member:
We look forward to welcoming you to the 15th European Conference on Games Based Learning (ECGBL 2021)
Elaine Hayne
Academic Conferences International
Tel: +44 (0) 118 324 6938

Friday, 20 August 2021

Fwd: Practical Pedagogy Academic Development Conference (13th of September)

On the 13th of September we will be hosting a full day of academic development talks. This will all be held online via MS Teams.

There are 30 sessions with two QnA panels, and three keynotes still to be announced. These are being delivered by a broad range of experts from across the HE sector (and a dedicated set of talks on student engagement). Every talk is "practical" specifically, there is a focus on useful takeaways for educators to apply to their own practice.

The full programme is here:

Attendees can attend as much, or as little as they wish.  There is no commitment to attend the full event. However, registration is essential. Attendees can either register via the website (above) or directly at this link - - Tickets are available for free on a "pay what you want" donation model. This is an experiment; there are a number of running costs, but we want to keep the event as inclusive as possible.

It would be great to see some of you there, so please register if you are available. And we would be eternally grateful if you would share the webpage with your colleagues and institution.




Dr Chris Headleand
National Teaching Fellow

Director of Teaching and Learning

School of Computer Science

University of Lincoln


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Friday, 30 July 2021

Fwd: [JALT] Murdoch-Kaplan Learning and Teaching Symposium 2021 -- Friday, 17 September 2021, 1pm - 4.45pm (SGT)

Murdoch-Kaplan Learning and Teaching Symposium 2021 -- Friday, 17 September 2021, 1pm - 4.45pm (SGT)

You are cordially invited to attend the Murdoch-Kaplan Learning and Teaching Symposium 2021. Please register here and upon acceptance of your participation into this free-of-charge symposium,  you will be sent a Zoom link one week prior to event. It takes place on Friday, 17 September 2021, 1pm - 4.45pm (SGT). 

Registration link:

Visit our website to read the full announcement.

Journal of Applied Learning and Teaching

Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Fwd: Booking reminder: Digital Poverty


Digital Poverty (Equality) 

Date: Wednesday 14th July 2021

Time: 13:00 - 15:30


The pandemic has taught us a lot of things about working from home, and it also highlighted another technology challenge that had gone under the radar, that of Digital poverty.

Without access to student computer rooms and the power of Janet many students and staff struggled to carry on as normal. This was made worse because security requirements meant certain requirement had to be met by hardware etc. Though known of, the digital poverty gap had not been fully addressed.

Though some aspects need governmental help this session will consider what we can do to make access to our systems more affordable and effective in low band width situations or when low end hardware is all that is available for high end work.

Register here to join the ucisa London Group in their July webinar. 

Contact team ucisa:




Fwd: Birmingham City University - Learning and Teaching Conference 2021

We will be holding the Birmingham City University Learning and Teaching Conference on Thursday 15th – Friday 16th July. The sessions include two key university strategy themes; Sustainability in the curriculum and Digital-enabled curriculum. Please find the programme below including links to the MSTeams sessions and calendar invites attached.


We have speakers from University of Sydney, Nottingham Trent University and Cardiff University in addition to sessions led by our own BCU Student Digital Champions and Academic staff. The Sustainability in Education sessions will include staff who have been recently shortlisted for global Green Gown awards.


The SEDA forum has been such a marvellous little community over the last year and you would be very welcome to join us.


Please feel free to disseminate to your colleagues.


Best wishes,




Dr. Rachel Curzon BA (Hons) PgDip PgCert Ed SFHEA PhD

Acting Head of Academic Practice


Birmingham City University

Learning and Teaching Conference 2021


Thursday 15th July 2021 (Day 1)


Click here to join the meeting live on MS Teams on Thursday or open the attached invite to add it to your calendar.




Welcome (Professor Julie McLeod, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Learning and Teaching)



Title: Sustainability Education: what, why, how? Why now?

Speaker: Helen Puntha SFHEA, MSc, BA(Hons)  

Green Academy Lead

Nottingham Trent University


2 – 2.45pm


Sustainability Showcase

Speakers from BCU showcase their initiatives:


·       'Weaving the Fashion Future' (Sabine Lettman and Karen Nutton)

·       'Experimental Sustainability Studio: the role of BCU designers in creating a sustainable future' (Jemma Browne, Dawn Parke, Sandra Costa and Matthew Jones)

·       'Embedding Sustainability into the Curriculum – the passion, the pilot and the practicalities' (Deborah Phelpstead and Dr Rachel Curzon)


2.45- 3.15pm



Round table discussion


Current members of the 'Embedding sustainability into the curriculum' cohort will join us to share their proposals for new initiatives.


Contributions from other participants are very welcome.


Friday 16th July (Day 2)


Click here to join the meeting live on MS Teams on Friday or open the attached invite to add it to your calendar.




Welcome (Professor Julie McLeod, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Learning and Teaching)

10.30 – 11am


 Title 'Practical Thinking During A Pandemic' #DryLabsRealScience

Speaker: Dr Nigel Francis, School of Biosciences, Cardiff University


11am -12noon

Title: Mixing face-to-face and online teaching: Hybrid, Blended, HyFlex learning

Speakers: Eszter Kalman, Danny Liu and Jessica Frawley

Educational Innovation Team, University of Sydney


12noon -1pm


Title: 'Let's talk about online learning'

Speakers: Birmingham City University's Student Digital Champions

(Charandeep Tak, Natalia Parzygnat, Olivia Thompson, Jacob Perkins)



Round table discussion


Please join us to reflect on the themes, challenges and approaches shared today. Additional contributions are very welcome.



Please contact Rachel Curzon with any queries.