Wednesday, 23 October 2013

No way back? Moocs conference, 6th Nov


"No way back? Exploring the impact, data and potential of MOOCs"
6 November 2013, University of Southampton

ALT's Special Interest Group for MOOCs has organised a one-day
conference which will explore current MOOC (Massive Open Online
Courses) research, experience and development. A key focus of the
event is on exploring the impact of MOOCs, how data is created, used
and analysed and to consider the potential of MOOCs in education.

Confirmed speakers are:
- Simon Buckingham Shum, Professor of Learning Informatics, Knowledge
Media Institute, The Open University
- Doug Fisher, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Computer
Engineering, Vanderbilt University (virtual keynote)
- Helena Gillespie, Senior Lecturer in Education and Associate Dean for
Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of
East Anglia
- Simon Nelson, Chief Executive, Futurelearn
- Don Nutbeam, Vice-Chancellor, University of Southampton
- Amy Woodgate, Project Coordinator: Distance Education Initiative
(DEI) & MOOCs, University of Edinburgh
- Jonathan Worth, BA and MA course director in Photography, Coventry
University (virtual keynote)

For more information and to book please visit



Dr Mira Vogel | E-Learning Facilitator | E-Learning Environments | University College London | 020 3549 5197 (x65197) | |


FW: HEA Research and policy seminar/webinar on flexible pedagogies


Higher education for the future: flexible pedagogies that empower learners for complexity, uncertainty and change.


The next HEA Research and Policy seminar/webinar will be based on a HEA-funded research inquiry into the relationship between HE pedagogy and developments around flexible learning.


The research considered the pedagogical questions that arise about purposes and outcomes of HE, in an era of increasing ‘flexibility’ facilitated by technological changes, globalisation of the sector, rising participation and changing employer expectations. Key pedagogical ideas proposed by the project, including learner empowerment and decolonising education will also be discussed.


It will be presented by Professor Daniella Tilbury and Dr Alex Ryan from the University of Gloucestershire. Professor Tilbury is Chair in Education for Sustainability and University Director of Sustainability at Gloucestershire, while Dr Ryan is Associate Director of Sustainability (Academic).


It will be held on 12 November in York and starts at 12:45. The event can be attended either in person or via Blackboard Collaborate. There will be a buffet lunch for anyone attending in person, which will be available from 12:00. Further details about the event are available here.



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Friday, 18 October 2013

FW: Events Update



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HE Academy

Events Update

October 2013

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Dear Colleagues,

HEA STEM has a number of really exciting events in November including:

HEA STEM: Interdisciplinary Show Case

Date: 5 Nov 2013

Start Time: 11:00 am

Location/venue: BBC Broadcast Centre White City London, W12

The programme for this event is now available online and attendance is free however we have a limited number of places so please book early to avoid disappointment.


HEA STEM: Identifying and enhancing the employability skills of STEM graduates

Date: 12 Nov 2013

Start Time: 10:30 am

Location/venue: UCLAN, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2HE


HEA STEM: Teaching Computer Forensics

Date: 14 Nov 2013

Location/venue: University of Sunderland


HEA STEM: Assessment and student dialogue: can online platforms use marking criteria and other tools to improve feedback and engage students in the marking process?

Date: 22 Nov 2013

Location/venue: The Research Beehive, Old Library Building, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU


HEA STEM: Digital Literacy in STEM Disciplines

Date: 22 Nov 2013

Start Time: 09:45 am

Location/venue: University of Ulster, Jordanstown, Belfast


HEA STEM: Engaging Students as Partners in the STEM Disciplines

Date: 28 Nov 2013

Start Time: 10:00 am

Location/venue: University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT


Keep in touch

Karen Fraser

Academic Development (Computing)


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Wednesday, 16 October 2013

FW: Effective Research Leadership in Higher Education: What it is, what it looks like, and how it may be achieved


"Effective research leadership in higher education: What it is, what it looks like, and how it may be achieved"

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Professor Linda Evans
Professor of Leadership and  Professional Learning
School of Education 
University of Leeds

2nd in the series - 14th November 2013

"Effective Research Leadership in Higher Education: What it is, what it looks like, and how it may be achieved"

Presented by: Professor Linda Evans

Time and date:

This seminar will take place on Thursday the 14th November 2013 at 13:00 in FB3.11 CAPD, Francis Bancroft Building on the Mile End campus of Queen Mary University of London. To register for this seminar please use this Eventbrite link or email the CAPD at – lunch will be provided for those who book, so please let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements.

For further details on this 2nd talk in the Educational Research Seminars series and for information on seminars to come please visit the CAPD website.

If you have any further enquires please contact the Seminar Series co-ordinator: Dr Maria Fitzpatrick (CAPD)

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Sunday, 13 October 2013

FW: Online Workshops - Netskills 2013

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Join us throughout this October and November as we bring some amazing new workshops to you, as well as returning favourites!

Making WordPress Work For You
Date: Tuesday 22nd October 2013
More info:

An online workshop covering the practical skills needed to install, maintain and customise WordPress.
Discover how to install, customise and explore a working WordPress site, as well as different ways to use posts, pages, categories, tags and feeds. And consider alternative uses for WordPress beyond a blog during this day long online workshop.
This is not a technical workshop on server administration or developing for WordPress, although some knowledge of HTML, CSS and PHP would be useful, but it is not essential.

Introduction to Instructional Design for e-Learning
Date: Thursday 7th November
More info:

Learn to effectively design, plan, implement and deliver better quality e-learning materials with high-impact results.
During the day, you will also get a chance to explore how instructional design can be applied in your own context helping you to create highly effective e-learning focussing specifically on your learner and their experience.
This practical workshop explains methodologies behind effective instructional design - often referred to as the "holy grail of e-learning", suited to anyone with an interest in the design, development and delivery of online learning materials.

NEW: Screencasting Online
Date: Tuesday 12th November 2013
More info:

Screencasts are an innovative method of communication and instruction based on broadcasting a recording of screen activity, often combined with narration and other visuals. Making effective use of this approach requires an understanding of the medium as well as a range of skills.
This workshop will consider different approaches to screencasting, from live-recording to post-production editing of a mixed media screencast.

Podcasting: A Practical Guide
Date: Thursday 14th November 2013
More info:

Producing a podcast is simple but on this online workshop you will learn the tips and tricks of creating one that people will actually enjoy listening to.
We'll consider questions such as: What makes a good podcast? What's the best format for your show? What equipment do you need? What are the practicalities of producing your show?
This workshop is suitable for anyone who would like to understand the potential of podcasts and create their own for any application.

All of these workshops will be delivered entirely online through your web browser. Just like our traditional workshops, we take a practical approach, offer the same quality learning experience, but without the time and expense of travel. Also included is a pre-workshop seminar. This will provide an introduction to some of the key themes of the workshop and an overview of Blackboard Collaborate, our web-based training system.

For full details, visit our workshop programme page:

Hope to see you soon!

Monday, 7 October 2013

Open Lectures in Teaching and Learning

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Dear Colleagues, the first of this year's Open Lectures in Teaching and Learning on Wednesday this week may be of particular interest to you or colleagues. Apologies for x-posting.     The University of Greenwich is pleased to announce its Open Lecture series 2013/14. We have a varied programme of speakers and anyone interested in teaching and learning is welcome to attend.  All lectures take place 5-6pm at the Greenwich Campus, Queen Anne Court 080, there is no need to book and no charge for attendance. For more info see:     The first speaker is Helen Keegan from Salford University on Wednesday 9th October 2013.  Her talk is entitled: Transformations in practice and pedagogy through networked creativity.  For Helen's abstract see:     Further dates for your diary:     Wednesday 6 November 2013: Colin Bryson & Ruth Furlonger, Newcastle University - Student engagement  Wednesday 4 December 2013: Dr Zoe Robinson, Keele University - Education for sustainability  Wednesday 12 February 2014: Sarah Lawther, Nottingham Trent University - Student transition and belonging  Wednesday 12 March 2014: Dr Catherine Montgomery, Hull University - Internationalising the curriculum     We look forward to seeing you there if you can make it.    You can see videos from previous Open Lectures at:    Simon Walker  National Teaching Fellow    Head, Educational Development Unit  University of Greenwich, Queen Mary Court 118, Greenwich Maritime Campus,Park Row, London, SE10 9LS    ########################################################################    -- A discussion list for members of the Association for Learning  Technology (ALT). To switch ALT-MEMBERS to receive output from the list  in digest form, send an email to with the  message set ALT-MEMBERS digest in the body of the email. To unsubscribe  to ALT-MEMBERS, send an email to with the  message leave ALT-MEMBERS, in the body of the email. --  


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Public Seminar programme - Oxford Learning Institute (University of Oxford)


The Oxford Learning Institute has a regular public seminar programme each term. The seminars are open to anyone interested in aspects of higher education. They take place every Thursday in term time from 4pm to 5.30pm in the Seminar Room on Level 2 of Littlegate House, St Ebbe's Street, Oxford.


The full seminar programme for Michaelmas Term 2013 can be found on our website at:




David Andrew, 
HEA CPD Manager
Senior Tutor

Centre for Academic and Professional Development
Queen Mary University of London

Mile End, London E1 4NS

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SACWG Annual Seminar – Thurs 21st November 2013


We are very pleased to announce the details for the SACWG 2013 seminar (Student Assessment and Classification Working Group) – the event will be held on Thursday 21st November 2013 and will be entitled:


"Reassessment and Progression: a survey of Level 4 regulatory practice"


SACWG will be reporting on their project 'Student academic failure and reassessment: policy and practice in UK Higher Education' which has been underway for a year. This should be of interest to academic staff and professional administrators working on institutional assessment policies and regulations.  The event will be held at Liverpool John Moores University and bookings can be made via the weblink 


Please find attached the flier which gives more details – it should prove to be another interesting and illuminating event with useful discussions and we do hope that you will be able to join us. The half-day seminar will commence with lunch and run through the afternoon.


We should be grateful if you could forward these details to other colleagues who may be interested. With apologies for any duplicate postings.


Kind regards



Dr Marie Stowell

Chair of SACWG (and Director of Quality and Educational Development)

University of Worcester


Tel  01905 855579






David Andrew, 
HEA CPD Manager
Senior Tutor

Centre for Academic and Professional Development
Queen Mary University of London

Mile End, London E1 4NS

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Saturday, 5 October 2013

!st CAPD research seminar

Educational Research Seminar October 2013

10th October 2013 - Part-time teachers in the 21st century workforce: identifying, supporting and sustaining professional development

The first educational research seminar of the 2013/14 series will take place at 12:30pm on Thursday 10th October in room FB3.11 of the Francis Bancroft building on the Mile End campus of QMUL.

Directions and how to book

For directions to the campus, and how to find Francis Bancroft Building, please go to the college directions page.

To register for this seminar please use this Eventbrite link or email the CAPD at – lunch will be provided for those who book, so please let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements.

About the seminar

The first seminar will be given by Fran Beaton of the Unit for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching at the University of Kent, and is entitled Part-time teachers in the 21st century workforce: identifying, supporting and sustaining professional development


Higher Education is very different from how it was when academics now on the verge of retirement joined the profession forty years ago (e.g. UUK 2010). One of the main differences is the increased proportion of academic and teaching staff working on non-standard contracts in universities, employed primarily as teachers rather than as researchers. Part-time teachers are, in any case, not a homogenous group. They may include postgraduates leading seminars; sessional staff; practitioners who combine expertise in other spheres such as healthcare, creative/performing arts and law; retired academics. This paper draws on research data and empirical work conducted in the UK and Australasia about the experiences of part-time teachers, their perceived and actual professional development needs. This work includes whole-institution structures and a consideration of strategies to integrate part-timers for those who work with them: fulltime academics, academic developers, students and organisational leaders.

This paper addresses three questions. What characterises effective interventions? Can Higher Education continue to offer high quality learning and teaching alongside research, while using increasing numbers of part-time teachers and if so, how can this be achieved? Finally, what of ethical considerations? Is there a risk that interventions aimed specifically at part-time teachers’ current role make it harder for them to become, if they wish, fulltime teachers and researchers?

About the presenter

Fran Beaton is Senior Lecturer in Higher Education and Academic Practice and Programme Director of the PG Certificate in Higher Education at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. Her research interest is on the experiences of early career teachers and academics and the factors which contribute to the shaping of professional identity and practices.

She has been involved in designing and teaching on postgraduate teacher education programmes for nearly 20 years, including professional development for part-time staff in a number of institutions. Fran’s new book, co-edited with Dr Amanda Gilbert (Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand) entitled ‘ Developing Effective Part-time Teachers in Higher Education: new approaches to professional development’ was published by Routledge on 10th October 2012. She is currently researching identity in relation to professional practitioners (e.g. in Health, Performing Arts and Law) whose time is divided between their practice and HE teaching.

Education for sustainable development - HEA seminars

ESD seminars

Influence, Implement, Engage. The triple imperative for ESD in HE
29 November 2013, University of the West of England
Enterprise and Sustainability: future thinking in curricular approaches
9 January 2014, University of Bristol
New to ESD?: Integrating Education for Sustainable Development in Teaching and the Student Experience
22 January 2014, Keele University
The Campus as a Living Laboratory - Exploring place-based approaches to ESD
12 February 2014, Cardiff University
Integrating ‘Sustainability’ within Degree Programmes: Towards a Student Handbook
28 February 2014, University of East Anglia
Food4Thought: A whole university approach to embedding ESD
12 March 2014, Nottingham Trent University
Embedding education for sustainability in a creative and multi-disciplinary context
25 March 2014, Bath Spa University

HEA - Internationalisation seminars

Internationalisation seminars

Global Citizenship – opportunities and challenges
3 December 2013, Durham University
Globalising the university ‘at home:’ implications and recommendations for the curriculum, staff and students
5 March 2014, University of Southampton
From Franchise to Equalise? Equitable learning in local & global contexts
9 April 2014, Leeds Metropolitan University

HEAR seminars

The Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that higher education institutions in the UK offer to their students.

HEAR seminars

How the HEAR is supporting student employability
17 December 2013, Swansea University
Sharing Best Practice in Relation to Learning: HEARing the Student Voice
16 April 2014, University of Manchester

HEA seminars - employabilty theme

Employability seminars

Self-made you! A practical and celebratory conference on how to go it alone and succeed as an Entrepreneur and self-employed business professional.
20 November 2013, University of Central Lancashire
Distant but Dynamic: Learn and share how webinars can be used to successfully improve the employability skills of researchers, distance learners and other hard to reach groups, featuring case studies from a range of institutions
10 December 2013, University of London
Enterprise and Sustainability: future thinking in curricular approaches
9 January 2014, University of Bristol
Crossing the ‘Employability Chasm’ with Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP) – A Bridging Workshop for North West Practitioners in College Based Higher Education
24 January 2014, Blackburn College
Improving employability through student and academic partnerships
5 February 2014, Birmingham City University
A Model for Increasing Students’ Understanding of their Employability – 10 years and Evolving
21 February 2014, University of Ulster
Integrating ‘Sustainability’ within Degree Programmes: Towards a Student Handbook
28 February 2014, University of East Anglia

Designing work-integrated assessments: tools and techniques to align employability, assessment and technology
28 March 2014, University of Exeter
Nurturing Talent – Developing a Professional Mentoring Scheme
2 April 2014, University of Leeds
Meeting employers needs by developing graduates as critical thinkers
24 April 2014, Kingston University
Excavate to innovate: ‘unearthing’ students’ and tutors’ perceptions of employability to energise work based pedagogy
30 April 2014, The University of Northampton

Friday, 4 October 2013

Transforming Assessment - Recording available and next session 'virtual hospital'

Transforming Assessment webinar update – all sessions at no cost.

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1. Recording available for "online question generation for reading comprehension " session held 2 October.

View the recording, associated resources and extra video demos via


2. Next session: "Assessment of dispositional behaviours: The case of Otago Virtual Hospital"


Presenter: Swee-Kin Loke, Phil Blyth and Judith Swan (University of Otago, New Zealand)


Virtual worlds are suitable environments to enact scenario-based learning (SBL). The Otago Virtual Hospital is one such virtual world where medical students role-playing as junior doctors provide medical care to virtual patients in realistic scenarios. However, the assessment of SBL in medical education has either been inadequate or incongruent. In this webinar, the presenters will describe a conceptual framework to more validly assess dispositional behaviours (e.g., compassion, open-mindedness) in scenario-based activities and also provide an empirical illustration from a case study conducted with 11 students. This webinar addresses all educators with an interest in assessing SBL, particularly in the fields of medical, legal, and business education.

Audience interaction is encouraged to make it a lively session.


Hosted by: Professor Geoffrey Crisp (RMIT University, Australia) and

Dr Mathew Hillier (Teaching and Educational Development Institute, University of Queensland, Australia).


Time: GMT 07:00AM, 2 November (Duration approx 1 hour)

See your equivalent local time


Further information and RSVP instructions


Further information:

These webinars are part of a series of free events covering a range of e-assessment topics.

Further information on this and future events, recordings of past sessions, project information and participation/technical help on using the virtual classroom system can be found on our website at


Support for this activity has been provided by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching, RMIT University and the Teaching and Educational Development Institute, University of Queensland. The views expressed in this publication/activity do not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsoring institutions.


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David Andrew, 
HEA CPD Manager
Senior Tutor

Centre for Academic and Professional Development
Queen Mary University of London

Mile End, London E1 4NS

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Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Forthcoming CRA National Residential Seminar: first Workshops announced!

With the CRA National Residential Seminar (Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd November 2013 Lakeside Conference Centre, the University of Aston in Birmingham) now firmly on the horizon, we are please to:


Confirm the substantial sessions

On day 1, (led by graduates) a whole seminar workshop on the theme of ‘Students as partners in developing PDP practice’.

on day 2, led by colleagues from QAA, which will bring attendees bang up-to-date with the development of sectoral guidance on extra-curricular awards and provide a context for the discussion of emerging ideas.


Announce the first tranche of workshop sessions, which will include:


Using mobile video devices in practicum placements

Chris Dann

University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia


Using the HEAR in Student-Led Personal Development Planning

Helen Tattam and Steve Wise

University of Sheffield


Constructing knowledge using patchwork text assessment with a critical twist

Alfredo Gaitan

University of Bedfordshire

Linking PDP to skills awards and Technology – exploring current practices.

Paul Chin

University of Hull

Practicing what we preach- Developing a CPD Scheme for Academic Staff

Lisa Hayes

University of Bedfordshire

Designing Skills Development/ Employability – E-learning Resources for Students and Staff

Joan Cartledge

University of Birmingham

The HEAR as a formative tool for inclusive success

Julie McLeod

University of West England


There are only a limited number of places now available for this event, so if you have not booked and plan to join us please make use of the attached booking form to reserve your place.


My best wishes




Rob Ward


The Centre for Recording Achievement

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Supporting the Implementation of the Higher Education Achievement Report


The CRA's Thirteenth Annual Residential Seminar, 21st & 22nd November 2013

Lakeside Conference Centre, Aston.

Download booking form here.




David Andrew, 
HEA CPD Manager
Senior Tutor

Centre for Academic and Professional Development
Queen Mary University of London

Mile End, London E1 4NS



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