Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Engaging students: what's the problem? 2 and 3 December 2008, Chancellors Co...


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Problem solving skills are highly valued by academics and employers. Unfortunately, research supervisors and industrialists frequently indicate that many of our graduates have very poor problem solving abilities. This workshop is designed to address these issues. Invited participants, from a range of bioscience disciplines, will have the opportunity to share practice and influence current and future Centre activity in this area. They will also be asked to co-author a hardcopy report that will summarise the outcomes of the event.


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Friday, 26 September 2008

Learning and Skills Research Network Conference

Learning and Skills Research Network


Research in the learning and skills sector

professional identity and practice

London, Thursday 4 December 2008, 9:45am
– 4:15pm

For more information: www.niace.org.uk/conferences



This annual LSRN conference will provide participants with
the opportunity to explore and debate the notion of professionalism, including
questions around where, how and whether professionalism exists or is being
eroded or developed (or not) for staff and students in the sector.



The Learning and Skills Research
Network (LSRN) was set up in 1997 and works collaboratively with multiple
partner organisations. It is a network based in the regions of England with links to partners in Scotland, Wales
and Northern Ireland.
It brings together people involved in producing and making use of research in
the learning and skills sector and higher education.


The theme of this year’s conference, professional
identity and practice is of huge importance to colleagues working across the
sector. The nature of professionalism and professional identity in its current
contexts continues to be problematic, contested, and debated.



This conference will:

help participants engage with research and
development in the learning and skills sector

disseminate and debate research findings relating to
professional identity and practice.



This event will be of particular interest to
practitioners in:

Adult and Community Learning

Further and Higher Education

Learning and Skills Councils

Lifelong Learning Networks


Private Training Providers

Probation Services

Trade Unions

Voluntary and Community Sector

Work-based learning providers.


Event Information

Delegate Fee: £150 (includes lunch, tea/coffee)

Enquiries to
NIACE Conferences Team - Tel: 0116 204 2833 /

E-mail: gurjit.kaur@niace.org.uk


Tuesday, 16 September 2008


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Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Online Teaching & Learning Conference

Jossey-Bass is hosting
their second annual Online Teaching & Learning Conference, which is
a completely online event. The conference will be October 7 & 8,
with a special pre conference on social presence hosted by Fielding
Graduate University, on October 6.

Conference attendees will learn practical hands-on techniques for how
to effectively teach an online class coupled with a focus on adult
learning. In addition each conference attendee can create an instant
library by choosing three books from the Jossey-Bass Online Teaching
& Learning series.

Here's the schedule at a glance:

October 6 - Pre-Conference

*  Social Presence in the Online Classroom

*  Transforming a Learning Program Through a Community-Based Model of Instruction

*  Teaching and Learning in Virtual Worlds

October 7

*  Keynote with Cynthia Calongne: Learning in Virtual Worlds

*  Enhancing Adult Motivation to Learn

*  Assessing the Online Learner

*  Exploring the Digital Library

*  Gender, Digital Technology, Games and Learning

October 8

*  Keynote with Stephen Brookfield: Developing Critical Thinkers

*  Engaging the Online Learner

*  Learning in Real Time

*  Collaborating Online

*  Conquering the Content

To find out more about the conference, and to register, go to www.onlineteachingandlearning.com

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Inclusive policy and practice

from the HEA -

Inclusive policy and practice: Research Seminar Series

You are cordially invited to attend the next seminar in our series:

Beyond compliance: Aligning disability issues with learning, teaching and assessment approaches

Facilitated by

Mike Adams

Visiting Professor, Leeds Metropolitan University and

Chief Executive Officer, Essex Coalition of Disabled People

Wednesday 1st October 2008

Leeds Metropolitan University

Headingley Stadium, Carnegie Stand Room 201

10am – 1pm, followed by refreshments

The aim of the seminar is to explore the key challenges facing higher education institutions, which will include how pedagogic research in this area can be stimulated. Through short inputs, case studies and discussions with participants the seminar will aim to develop a framework for institutions to work through solutions.

There are 50 free-of-charge places available for this seminar, and these will be allocated on a strictly first-come-first served basis. You should await confirmation of a place before attending.

To reserve your place, please email K.L.Maw@leedsmet.ac.uk by 12.00pm Wednesday 24th September 2008. Please indicate if you have any accessibility or dietary requirements at the time of booking.