Thursday, 26 June 2014

FW: Programme for Threshold Concepts 2014 Conference


Dear Colleagues the programme for the 5th International Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference to be held in Durham 9-11 July 2014 can be found here


Kind regards




Professor Ray Land

Director, Centre for Academic Practice (CAP)

& Professor of Higher Education,

School of Education,

Durham University,

Leazes Road,
Durham DH1 1TA
United Kingdom


t: 0191 334 8347






Friday, 13 June 2014

FW: EUROPEAN HIGHER EDUCATION –exploring effective strategies for turbulent times: University of Porto, Portugal




EUROPEAN HIGHER EDUCATION –exploring effective strategies for turbulent times: University of Porto, Portugal

Date - Monday, 01 September 2014: 13.30 - 18.30

Venue - University of Porto, Portugal

Network - Joint ECER/SRHE

This pre-Seminar to the ECER 2014 Conference (, is co-organised by EERA Network 22: Research in Higher Education and the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE), in cooperation with Centre for Research and Intervention in Education (CIIE) from FPCE - University of Porto
Venue: Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, University of Porto
Rua Alfredo Allen 4200 -135, Porto,  Portugal

Over the past years, in many European countries, higher education has been in turmoil as, for example, budget cuts have impacted significantly on the lives of  academics and students in higher education institutions. Higher education institutions are still expected to be one of the driving forces of nation states by creating new knowledge and educating a future workforce.

The aim of this seminar is to:

  • bring together colleagues from various European countries to discuss how higher education can cope with turbulent times and how to move forward.
  • bring insights into and examples from various European countries on current developments in higher education.
  • provide a meeting point for emerging researchers to discuss current issues and network with established researchers in the field of higher education.

In order to promote lively discussions and a possibility to network and share opinions the second half of the seminar will be interactive workshops. There will be four parallel sessions each of which has moderators to promote lively discussions. The results of these interactive sessions will be reported on and disseminated.

Chair: Jani Ursin, Link-Convenor of EERA Network22: Research in Higher Education

11.30–12.30            Registration and networking

12.30–13.30            Lunch

13.30–14.00            Welcome
                                  Helena Costa Araujo, Director of CIIE
                                  Helen Perkins,  Director of Society for Research into Higher Education

14.00–15.00            Keynote:                     
'What is the nature of the relationship between   changes in European higher education and social science research on higher education and how can it be strengthened?'                        
Professor Rosemary Deem (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK)

15.00–15.30           Instructions for parallel sessions

15.30–17.00           Parallel sessions:                       
Session 1:              

Future prospects in HE for Early Career researchers                    
Presenters/Facilitators: Dr Patrick Baughan Learning Development Centre , City University UK                                                             
Dr Liudvika Leisyte, TU University Dortmund, Germany

Session 2:

Sustaining  high quality teaching and learning in higher education                     
Presenters/Facilitators:   Dr Paul Ashwin, Lancaster University                                         
Dr Mari Karm, University of Tartu, Estonia

Session 3:

Developing as a researcher in turbulent times: becoming and being an 'extended' professional'                       
A presentation by Professor Linda Evans University of Leeds                      
Facilitator: Dr Christine Teelken, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands

'In this lecture Professor Evans will draw upon her own work on researcher development, to analyse what it takes to be an 'extended' researcher in the precarious and changing 21st century European Research Area (ERA). Adapting Eric Hoyle's work on 'extended' and 'restricted' models of professionality, characteristics of the 'restricted' and 'extended' European researcher will be proposed. Of particular relevance to early career academics and researchers, the lecture will address  issues related to how they may develop their research skills and raise their profiles.'
Session 4:

Higher education and employment: building the connections                    
Presenters/Facilitators:  Dr Camille Kandiko Howson, King's Learning Institute, King's College  UK                                     
Auxiliary Professor Mariana Alves, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal


 17.15–18.30     Summing up the workshops and the seminar

18.30–20.30     Reception (sponsored by SRHE)


Note: Unless otherwise stated SRHE events are free to members, there is a charge of £60 for non-members.


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Thursday, 12 June 2014

FW: Stephen Downes at the LSE 9th July

The Inaugural NetworkEdge seminar featuring Stephen Downes – 3pm, 9th July 2014, LSE Library

Building on the impact and success of NetworkED, LTI is launching a landmark series of talks and debates about the future of Higher Education called NetworkEDGE.  Featuring a range of speakers from industry and academia, this series will ask the critical questions that will shape the future of the  LSE and the wider sector.

What form should Higher Education in the digital age take? Technology continues to change the way we teach, learn and assess.  Is this transformative or disruptive? Learners are sometimes digitally competent, collaborative and connected, sometimes overwhelmed by the demands the digital world makes on them. How do we support them? Institutional policies, pedagogies and strategies often remain rooted in traditions and practices from the analogue world and are less able to respond or support active experimentation and creativity. How should we change institutional strategies to make them more flexible and responsive?

The first NetworkEDGE seminar will be held on July 9th at 15:00 and will feature Stephen Downes.  Stephen is a Senior Researcher for the National Research Council of Canada, and brings 20 years of education technology and new instructional media design expertise to the development of new online learning environments.  In 2008, Downes and George Siemens designed and taught an online, open course widely considered to be the world’s first MOOC. He is a prodigious blogger through his online newsletter, OLDaily, in addition to publications in such fields as learning objects, learning management systems, personal learning environments, and open educational resources. Downes is a pioneer in the field of learning networks and learning content syndication. Today Downes manages the NRC’s Learning and Performance Support Systems research program, a federally funded initiative linking learners with learning opportunities and personal professional development and support.


This will be a very engaging and provocative debate which we hope will set the tone for the rest of the NetworkEDGE series for 2014/15. If you wish to attend, please send an email to Niamh Ryan (





Peter Bryant
Head of Learning Technology and Innovation

Centre for Learning Technology

London School of Economics and Political Science

Room STC S169 – Houghton Street London WC2A 2AE
Phone: +44 (0)20 7955 6008

Twitter: @peterbryantHE

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Tuesday, 10 June 2014

FW: next TLC webinar 24 June 12-1pm, join us!


Teaching and Learning Conversations (TLC)


Dear colleagues,

Our next webinar will be on Tuesday the 24 June, 12-1pm GMT (please access the World Clock to convert to your local time). Our guest speakers are Dr Christine Smith and Dr Mark Lyne who will discuss with us on Excellence in Teaching.

The live link to the TLC webinar room is
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When you have entered the webinar room,  start the Audio setup wizard under Meeting at the top left to check your headset.

Please access the webinar room about 30 mins in advance to test the technology. A headset is required to fully participate. Webinars will enable active participation using audio, video, text and the whiteboard creatively

We highly recommend checking your settings and access the webinar room in advance to familiarise yourself with the tool and iron out any difficulties. When entering the room, please add your name and institution/country. For further help with this, please check

The recordings will also be made available under a creative commons licence.


The TLC is an exciting cross-institutional collaboration to provide joint CPD opportunities for everybody teaching and/or supporting learning in Higher Education. TLC  brings together colleagues from different disciplines, institutions and countries. TLCs are also open to students in HE and we are very interested in including students’ contributions to the programme.

Together, we will discuss and debate a variety of current teaching and learning topics in a series of monthly webinars which will be a great opportunity to reflect on our practice but also share good practice and find out what is happening beyond our own institutional walls in the more global HE landscape.

All webinars are open to the wider community to join.

Please feel free to share the link to the TLC programme and individual webinars with others who might also be interested. Further information can be found at


Wishing you all a lovely week and we hope you will be able to join us on the 27th of May at 12pm.


The TLC team


participating institutions

Manchester Metropolitan University, contact Chrissi Nerantzi

University Campus Suffolk, UK, contact Dr Chris Smith

University of Surrey, UK, contact Dr Simon Lygo-Baker

Sheffield Hallam University , UK, contact Andrew Middleton

Anglia Ruskin University, UK, contact Dr Helen Webster

University of Northampton, UK, contact Prof. Ale Armellini

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Monday, 2 June 2014

FW: HEA-AHRC symposia on interculturalism and translating cultures




HEA-AHRC symposia on interculturalism and translating cultures

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) are delighted to announce a series of events exploring research-led teaching in the areas of interculturalism and translating cultures. The events are free to attend, but registration is required. Further details are available on the event webpages. Enquiries relating to the HEA-AHRC partnership can be directed to Dr Filippo Nereo, Discipline Lead for Languages.


Belarusian and Ukrainian Studies in Britain: Interaction between Academia and Diaspora

14 June, Warwick

This interdisciplinary collaborative event will bring together scholars, educators, publishers, policy-makers and community members (community leaders, activists and professionals) to engage in discussion and share their perspectives on research and teaching of Belarusian and Ukrainian-related material in UK HEIs, creating space for synergies in approaches and encouraging future collaborations.  


Intercultural and multilingual skills in postgraduate education, research and beyond

19 June, Glasgow

PGR/PGT students, tutors and other colleagues are invited to this exciting and interactive event for a creative exchange of ideas and innovative approaches in research-led teaching; learning skills around interculturality and researching multilingually in postgraduate education, with a focus on diversity, multimodal texts and collaborative research spaces.


PGT/PGR Translation Training Symposium in Your Subject in the Digital Age for Non-Linguistics/Non-Languages researchers

20 June, Stirling

This two-day PGT/PGR training will provide translation training for researchers in subject areas other than languages and translation studies, such as journalism, business and science. Translation professionals will share their expertise in translation and culture and thus provide a platform for future cooperation between arts, humanities and scientific research areas.


Interculturalism in healthcare education, research and practice

8 July, Durham

The event is designed to bring together researchers and practitioners to discuss how challenges in healthcare education, research and practice within the context of diverse multi-cultural community groups may be addressed by improving linguistic and cultural competency amongst healthcare professionals, and to inform future teaching and research strategies.


Translation in the digital age: pedagogy and current practices

17 July, London

The aim of this symposium is to explore the use of digital technology in translator training and current IT requirements in the translation industry. The focus is put on how to best maximise student employability by keeping teaching syllabuses in line with the changing roles of the translation profession.



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