Thursday, 24 July 2008

Circular 4/08: Learning and Teaching Innovation Grants - Round 2

Circular 4/08: Learning and Teaching Innovation Grants - Round 2
JISC invites institutions to submit funding proposals for projects to undertake work under the second round of its Learning and Teaching Innovation Grants Programme.

JISC wishes to fund one year projects and activities that fit with the vision, outcomes and principles of the JISC e-Learning programme and support innovative approaches to learning and teaching. This is an open call, and projects dealing with any aspect of e-learning are welcomed. To reduce the initial investment in time and resource needed to develop a traditional JISC proposal and to encourage speculative and innovative ideas from the community bidders are invited to submit outline proposals online.

Funds of up to £75,000 for projects of one year duration are available.
The next deadline for submissions is September 24th 2008. The web submission form for the second round of the Learning and Teaching Innovation Grants Call can be found at:

The full text of the Circular, guidance material and a template of the web submission for can be found at the following link:

Learning Lab Workshop: Introduction to Mobile Learning

Learning Lab Workshop: Introduction to Mobile Learning

FREE PDA to all delegates

Date: Tuesday 7th October 2008

Time: 09:00-12:30

Venue: Park Inn, Telford

This half-day event will provide an in introduction for newcomers to mobile learning. Opening with an overview of how mobile learning has developed, the workshop will combine presentations, practical activities and group discussions.

The aim is to give participants:

* an appreciation of the technologies involved
* awareness of some of the practicalities of purchasing, deploying, utilising, evaluating, supporting and researching mobile learning
* useful links and references for additional information

The cost of this event is £150 per delegate, which includes lunch, refreshments and a complimentary PDA for use during the event and to take away with you afterwards.

Running alongside other pre-conference workshops at the mLearn 2008 conference, this workshop is a stand-alone event, open to all. Attendance at the mLearn conference is NOT required to book a place at this workshop.

There are 50 places available. To book, please go to the mLearn 2008 website and click on Pre Conf Workshops, or follow the link below:

If you would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact either Denise Telford ( on 01902 322362 or Liz Fleetham ( on 01902 323932 at the Learning Lab.

Monday, 21 July 2008

iPED International Conference 2008

iPED International Conference 2008
“Researching Academic Visions and Realities”
8 - 9 September 2008, Coventry University TechnoCentre, UK

The iPED Research Network is pleased to welcome you to join us for the 3rd International iPED Conference which will focus is on ‘Academic Visions and Realities’ for higher education staff and students through its themes of conceptions of leadership, emergent pedagogies and academic writing.

Our programme and planning for September are now well advanced. We would like to encourage you to join researchers, practitioners, academic management and educational technologists who will explore our themes collegially. The first two iPED Conferences each involved colleagues from well over 100 institutions across the globe, in roles as peer reviewers, authors, presenters and delegates. iPED 2008 has built on this success.

This year we are delighted to host keynote talks from Dr Philip Chambers - Reflective Learning, UK; Professor James Morrison - University of North Carolina, USA; Dr Lisa Ganobcsik-Williams - Coventry University, UK with Sally Mitchell - Queen Mary, University of London, UK; Professor Robin Middlehurst - Leadership Foundation for Higher Education and Kingston University, UK; together with a Virtual Keynote from Stephen Downes - National Research Council, Canada.

We also welcome invited workshops from Dr Jenny Moon - Bournemouth University and Dr Peter McCaffery - London South Bank University.

Our conference gala dinner will be held at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum on Monday 8 September. Undergoing a £20 million redevelopment, The Herbert is developing a new sculpture gallery, creative media studios, an arts information centre and a history centre to house Coventry city’s archives.

Examples of confirmed contributions to the conference which may interest you:

* “Practical Suggestions for facilitating supervision of interdisciplinary Professional Doctorates”, Dr. Robert Barbour, Unitec, New Zealand
* “The Odd Couple? - Leadership and Strategy from the Vice-Chancellor’s Office”, Professor Robert Burgess, University of Leicester
* “A conception of academic leadership which builds constructively on the past”, Professor Lewis Elton, University of Gloucestershire
* “Anti-Realism for Academic Writing”, Magnus Gustafsson, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
* “From the case-load of a union leader”, Professor Charlotte Mbali, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
* “Shifting the locus of responsibility for academic writing “, a symposium by colleagues from Edge Hill University chaired by Claire Penketh
* “Personalised Learning (PL) and Enquiry-Based Learning (EBL) in Enhancing the Student Learning Experience”, Dr Norman Powell, University of Manchester
* “What Technology Can't Fix: Changing Feedback Practices in Higher Education”, Dr. Aisha Walker, University of Leeds

Key Dates:
Discounted accommodation deadline: 10 August 2008
Registrations close: 31 August 2008
For more information: Email:

Thursday, 3 July 2008

E-learning conference - London

There will be a conference on e-learning on July 9th at the Institute of Education
Registration is free and organised on the website below

The event is designed to bring together supporters of the National Archive of Educational Computing and build a better record of the success and failures of past ventures. It should be a very interesting conference