Friday, 20 March 2015

FW: Enhancing student engagement @ Cardiff Met, 20 April 2015 - Final reminder for abstracts

Re: ‘Enhancing student engagement’ conference, Cardiff Met, 20 April 2015

One final reminder – before I go on annual leave! - that the deadline for submitting an abstract for the above conference is Friday 20 March.   Any queries, please get in touch with me or Stuart Abbott (  For tickets, please see the link above; details of the conference may be found below.

Enhancing student engagement through online communities
Cardiff Metropolitan University, Monday 20 April, 2015

We are pleased to confirm Professor Daniella Tilbury and Dr Alex Ryan of the University of Gloucestershire as keynote speakers.

Online communities, such as those created through virtual learning environments like Moodle and Blackboard or social media platforms including Twitter and Facebook, are rapidly becoming a principal means of engaging students in the learning process within higher education.
Identified as a prominent aspect of broader flexible and social learning pedagogies (Ryan and Tilbury, 2013), virtual online learning spaces are becoming an important feature of educational provision at this level with implementation occurring both within and outside of formal curricula. There is now a greater expectation for institutions and individual tutors working in today's universities to adapt the traditional learning experience and environment in order to meet the differing learning needs of a diverse, fee-paying student body.  Indeed, flexibility is a key element of successful and impactful teaching that heightens student engagement.
In light of the growing importance of this aspect of learning and teaching in higher education, the aim of this conference is to explore ways in which online communities might be successfully deployed and exploited in order to enhance student engagement.  It is intended that the conference provides colleagues working in learning development, and in higher education more broadly, with a platform to present ideas regarding the implementation of online learning communities across curricula or examples of how online communities have successfully impacted on student engagement with learning. 
It is intended that the conference brings together professionals working in learning and teaching development and associated fields, and provides opportunities for colleagues to disseminate and discuss examples of best practice.  We would welcome papers related to issues such as online communities, flexible learning, blended learning, distance learning, work-based learning, collaborative provision, skills and professional development and digital literacies.  We are particularly interested in papers addressing Moodle, any form of social media, and the development of academic skills and graduate attributes through such media.

Please send abstracts to Dr Chris Dennis (

Best wishes,


Dr Chris Dennis
Academic Skills Specialist / Arbenigwr Sgiliau Academaidd
Cardiff Metropolitan University/ Prifysgol Metropolitan Caerdydd
Llandaff Learning Centre/ Canolfan Dysgu Llandaf
Room / Ystafell T1.07
Llandaff Tel: (029 2041) 6561

‘Enhancing student engagement’ conference, Cardiff Met, 20 April 2015

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