Saturday, 19 September 2009

Learning through Assessment

UK Centre for Bioscience’s Professional Development Event

Learning through Assessment

Tuesday 29 September 2009
University of York , Department of Biology, room M023, directions and map
It is recognised that the type of assessment that students undergo is a powerful influence on how they learn. However, in the concerted effort to ensure that assessments are rigorous, reliable, cheat-proof and able to cope with ever-increasing student numbers it can be difficult to view assessment as an episode of learning. 'Measurement' views of assessment still persist and the National Student Survey highlighted student dissatisfaction with the feedback they received. This event aims to promote assessment as an integrated part of learning. The day will cover the key aspects of assessment for learning with a focus on feedback. As usual there will be opportunities for discussion, reflection on practice and to hear 'real-life' practice from fellow bioscientists.
Travel Bursaries are available for this event - Deadline extended! More information on the bursaries and how to apply
For more information about the speakers, the event and how to register, please visit:
Please contact me ( if you require any further details.

Work-based Learning and Assessment for the Next Decade

Assessment and Learning in Practice Settings (ALPS) is
hosting an international conference next spring. The conference
'Work-based Learning and Assessment for the Next Decade' will take place
at Weetwood Hall in Leeds, U.K. on 16th - 17th March 2010.
Speakers will review current and up-and-coming learning technologies,
and presentations and workshops will highlight the main factors
affecting the employability of graduating students. Abstracts are
invited for oral presentations, workshops, poster presentations and
roundtable discussion sessions within the Conference themes. The call
closes on 2nd November 2009.
For more information please visit:

Shaping Academic Work: The Next Ten Years

Shaping Academic Work: The Next Ten Years

Friday 27th November 2009
University of Kent, Canterbury
Darwin Conference Suite

Discussion will focus upon: the moral, economic and social obligations upon academics, the nature of academic work into the next decade and preparing new entrants to the profession for an academic role.  This develops the 2009 theme of the Society for Educational Studies: An Academic Life.  Debate will be supported by presentations from some key thinkers in the area of academic practice.

Contributors include:

Yvonne Hillier, Professor of Education, University of Brighton
Janice Malcolm, Senior Lecturer in Higher Education and Academic Practice, University of Kent
Lynn McAlpine, Professor of Higher Education Development, University of Oxford
David Mills, Lecturer in Pedagogy and the Social Sciences, University of Oxford
Louise Morley, Professor of Education, University of Sussex
Ted Tapper, Emeritus Professor of Politics, University of Sussex

The day will run from 10:00am - 3:00pm with lunch provided.  There is no fee for this conference but registration is a requirement as places are strictly limited.  To reserve a place please contact Joanna Williams on 01227 827137 or email

Friday, 18 September 2009

Professional learning

2009/9/18 Norman Jackson <>
Wednesday September 23rd 12.30-13.30
SCEPTrE University of Surrey AC Building 01/AC02
The session will be filmed and streamed live from this link
Learning to be a Professional: Using our own life experiences to develop principles for designing good educational experiences
Professor John Cowan, Edinburgh Napier University
Our own life experiences from which we have learnt what becoming professional means provide us with a fantastic resource from which to create good educational designs. This seminar is based on my own reflections on how I learnt (and still learn) to become professional in two different professional fields. Out of these reflections I will extract some general propositions and principles for educational designs that are more likely to be encouraging and effective in assisting learners to begin the process of becoming professional while they are studying in higher education.
The seminar will be of interest to anyone who is involved in designing and supporting the development of students and staff as professionals. Prior to the seminar participants are encouraged to reflect on the influences of their own development as a professional. Please contact Susan Wood if you would like to attend
Background paper: Learning to be Professional: Reflective thoughts on a lifetime of trying


David Andrew
Head of Academic Practice
Educational and Staff Development: Queen Mary, University of London

Tel - 020 7882 2803 or 07986709981

Re: Online simulations conference and workshop

2009/9/18 Liz Falconer <>

Are you interested in the concept of using virtual worlds, software mashups and other ways of enabling students to experience simulations of real life online? If so, you'd be very welcome at our


SHE09 – Online Simulations in Higher Education Conference

5 November 2009, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK

New submissions deadline:  15 October 2009


David Andrew
Head of Academic Practice
Educational and Staff Development: Queen Mary, University of London

Tel - 020 7882 2803 or 07986709981

Monday, 14 September 2009

Changing Academic Practice - Implications for future Phsyical Sciences academicss

Weds 4th November, Oxford

Friday, 4 September 2009

Fwd: BMAF Events 2009 - 2010

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Dear all

Please see below for upcoming BMAF events for 2009 - 2010:

3rd September 2009
Developing Global Citizens - Joint ABS/BMAF workshop
Leeds Business School

A one day ABS/BMAF event about the challenges and opportunities raised by the global citizenship agenda in UK business schools, global employabilty, pedagogy, curriculum development and how to embed the teaching of global citizenship in your courses.
See: for more information and how to book.

18th September 2009
Modes of Learning - BMAF Project Management SIG
University of Bournemouth

This session will aim to explore the issues and opportunities that access to a variety of learning and teaching modes provide, considering the spectrum from virtual learning environments, through distance learning to innovative and creative learning spaces.
See: for more information and how to book.

13th November 2009
Developing Evidence-Informed Practice in Marketing Education - BMAF Marketing Education SIG
University of Westminster

The findings from the recent AM/BMAF funded Teaching and Learning Development projects will be presented at this workshop; participants will be provided with the opportunity to ask questions and gain further insights during the day. The aim of the workshop is to stimulate discussion, gain practical insights and allow time for networking.
See: for more information and how to book.

27th November 2009
The International Agenda - Where next? - BMAF Internationalisation SIG
Northumbria University

More information to follow shortly
See: for more information and how to book.

3rd March 2010
Project Management SIG Workshop
Westminster University

More information to follow shortly
See: for more information and how to book.


The BMAF Team


David Andrew
Head of Academic Practice
Educational and Staff Development: Queen Mary, University of London

Tel - 020 7882 2803 or 07986709981

Fwd: Higher Education policy explained for the new academic year

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Neil Stewart Associates

Autumn Events Schedule 2009

Dear Colleague,

The new academic year is upon us with fresh challenges and issues to be addressed.

As ever, Neil Stewart Associates will be producing the highest quality events featuring top level speakers to help you, your colleagues and your organisation interpret the latest government initiatives and overcome the latest policy issues.

Our autumn schedule of higher education events covers part-time study, higher education funding, admissions, marketing and the student experience - all topics thrown into the spotlight over recent weeks. Read on for further details: 

22 October

The Future for Part-Time and Distance Study
Part-Time Study Brochure

Flexible, including part-time provision, will be critical to the future growth of the UK higher education sector. This conference will bring together leaders in higher education and organisations to discuss students' experience of, and attitudes towards, part-time study, its costs and student support.

Read more and register here:


28 October Invest For Greatness in Higher Education
Invest for greatness brochure

Bringing together higher education - universities, private learning providers, digital and online providers, colleges and employers – the conference will look at the deep challenges to our continued greatness in higher education and the strategic decisions VC's, Principals, finance directors and other senior decision makers may take to ensure their institution prospers in the difficult restructuring ahead.

Read more and register here:


05 November 7th Annual Admissions to Higher Education
 Admissions Brochure

Admissions policy is in the spotlight with increased demand and limits on places, further raising the heated debate on policies and practice. This conference will look at how the greater choice and adjustment period has impacted on place allocation and patterns of choice. Higher education is also grappling with recognising a range of different qualifications and skill sets for admissions purposes and looking ahead to Diplomas arriving in 2010.

Read more and register here:


10 November Effective Marketing in Higher Education
 HE Marketing Brochure

Award winning higher education marketing experts and public policy professionals will discuss how an institution can remain viable in the modern era by striking a balance between the provision of sound academic programmes and research, whilst recognising their USP and effectively communicating this difference in a crowded marketplace. Read more here

Read more and register here:


19 November Enhancing the Student Experience
 Student Experience Brochure

Students now expect their university standard to be of the highest quality and the quality of degrees and additional support is more important than ever to give them the best possible opportunity in a tough job market.
Now in its third year and set in the spotlight of the impending review of variable fees, new imposed efficiency savings, and students demanding value for their personal investment, this conference will bring together higher education leaders to examine how to manage and exceed students expectations in this challenging climate.

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David Andrew
Head of Academic Practice
Educational and Staff Development: Queen Mary, University of London

Tel - 020 7882 2803 or 07986709981

Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies 5th annual elearning symposium

The Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies will hold its 5th annual elearning symposium on 28/29 January 2010. The aim of the symposium is to try to bridge the gap between the 'techie' and the teacher, giving educators ideas to help them integrate elearning into their practice but also to inspire them to see where the online future could lead. The symposium is always well-attended by practitioners from a wide range of disciplines and institutions. Following last year's success, the two-day event comprises a very practical first day of workshops on authoring tools and elearning techniques; while these are complemented on the second day by presentations to inspire the mind with exciting ideas about the possibilities that online learning offers. We offer attendees a range of content from areas of more specific interest to our core LLAS community, to topics of wider interest to educators involved in elearning. We highlight best practice in using elearning and feature an exciting mixture of research and reports from practice to inspire our community.

Please see our website for information about the symposium and last year's programme:

Thursday, 3 September 2009

Exploring Formative Assessment in Practice

Sponsored by
Learnhigher logo

  • 30 October 2009
  • Darwin Conference Suite, Canterbury Campus (directions [1])
  • 9:15am - 3pm (registration from 8:45am)


Keynote speaker: Dr Berry O’Donovan [3]

Deputy Director of Assessment Standards Knowledge Exchange CETL (ASKe) and Acting Head of Learning and Teaching at the Business School (Oxford Brookes).

Her current research is focused on assessment and feedback, cultivating student community and the intellectual development of management undergraduates.


All sessions are practice focused and include:

  • University of Kent case studies on formative assessment practice in:
    • Self/peer assessment
    • Group work
    • Assessing practical skills
    • Using journals/reflection
  • Using technology to enhance formative assessment
Confirmed external speakers include:
  • Prof Peter Hartley, Professor of Education Development, Director of the Centre for Academic Practice and Head of the Educational Development Team, University of Bradford.
  • Dr Karen Handley, Senior Lecturer in HRM and Organisational Behaviour and a Fellow at the Brookes Centre for Teaching and Learning. Her particular interest is in student engagement with feedback.

An opportunity for staff from all departments to share practical ideas to enhance formative assessment in line with the current University enhancement theme.

Who should attend?

Teaching staff, programme or module leaders, Directors of Learning and Teaching, Heads of Department and any staff with an interest in assessment of HE students and the development of taught courses.

Booking [4]

For further information contact Judy Cohen [5]

Programme to follow