Friday, 22 April 2016

FW: Call for papers! #SocMedHE16 Social Media for Learning in Higher Education


Call for Papers

Social Media for Learning in Higher Education Conference 2016 (#SocMedHE16)
“The Empowered Learner?”

Friday 16th December 2016 at Sheffield Hallam University, UK

#SocMedHE16: The Empowered Learner? will build upon #SocMedHE15’s Finding our Social Identity theme where we established our common interest in developing our understanding of social media for learning in HE.

This year we ask questions: are we empowering students by adopting and adapting social, open, mobile and networked learning and media? How critically are we shaping the opportunity that is emerging? How sure are we that the social, open and networked space, with all of the autonomy it suggests, is good for our students?

The conference will reflect a variety of positions including the student view of empowerment, the academic and teaching view, and the perspectives of support staff and strategic managers. We are particularly keen to receive proposals from students, and have an incentive to encourage this.

Please refer to the conference site for further information about the theme and for a selection of indicative topics. At the site, you will also find presentations and clips from the hugely successful #SocMedHE15.

Proposals should be based on evidence and experience of academic, or strategic practice; in any of the following formats:

·         Short papers

·         Workshops

·         Thunderstorm presentations

·         Posters

Please refer to the conference site for further information about the conference formats.

Accepted submissions will be eligible for writing up and inclusion in the #SocMedHE16 conference proceedings.
Accepted presenters will be encouraged to develop an artefact with creative commons licensing to accompany their submission, these will be made openly available during and beyond the event.

Submission deadline: Midday Monday 16th May 2016

To submit, complete the form on the conference site, you will need a title, 50 word abstract and 500 word summary and email it to

Ticket information

·         #SocMedHE16 takes place on Friday 16th December 2016 9am-4pm at Sheffield Hallam University

·         Early Bird booking will open at the start of July 2016 at a price of £150 per delegate.

·         A standard rate of £180 will apply from early October.

·         Students benefit from an early bird rate of £80 (standard rate £100)

·         8 free of charge places will be available for students presenting Student View thunderstorms. More information

·         There will be a pre-conference social event on the evening of 15th December charged at £40 per ticket.

Follow us on Twitter @SocMedHE for regular updates
Use #SocMedHE16 to discuss the event.
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Thursday, 21 April 2016

FW: Educational places, disciplinary spaces: Sheffield Hallam University Annual Conference 23-24 June 2016.


Dear SEDA colleagues,


You are warmly invited to join us at Sheffield Hallam for our annual Learning and Teaching Conference on 23-24 June.  Please find further information about the event below.


Bookings can be made via this link. The conference fee is £130 and tickets are limited so early booking is recommended.


Even if you are unable to attend, you can join the conversation by following us on twitter: @SHULTEvents  #SHULT16


Best wishes,



Dr Natasha Taylor SFHEA

Senior Lecturer in Academic Professional Development | Learning Enhancement and Academic Development | Sheffield Hallam University | Building Oneleven | City Campus | Howard Street | Sheffield S1 1WB | Tel: 0114 225 6662 | email: | @taylor_dr


Information about the Programme


Day 1 of the conference is a Partnership Symposium in which we explore the challenge of delivering an educational experience in places and spaces outside of the normal campus environment, for example through placement learning, work-based learning and trans-national education. The day will begin with a keynote address by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Chris Husbands.  More details about the programme - which includes sessions on education partnerships, higher and degree apprenticeships, teaching training, knowledge transfer, CPD for skills and international collaboration - are available here.


Day 2 will open with a keynote lecture by Professor Alexi Marmot, a professional architect and expert in learning spaces from University College London.  This will be followed by a programme of more than 40 papers and workshops on a broad range of topics, all tied closely to the theme of space and place in education. There will also be an opportunity to join The Space Tour – an immersive experience of seven university learning spaces, led by a tour guide.


Session themes include:


·         Engaging students in the classroom.

Are you looking for ways to liven up your lectures, or to encourage conversation and collaboration in a seminar? From magic tricks to visual aids, from mobile devices to maker-spaces, projects from across the university will help you to understand the barriers to student engagement and give you ideas to transform your teaching practice.


·         Building learning communities and strengthening cultures

Can you grow the culture of your department by changing the physical environment? How can you help students to become part of a thriving learning community through the use of technology or virtual learning spaces? Explore how course, discipline and university communities are strengthened by transforming the ways in which we interact and collaborate in both physical and virtual university spaces.


·         Beyond the 'university border'

Whether your focus is on improving the experience of Distance Learning students or preparing students for work placements, there are significant challenges associated with supporting learning in off-campus spaces. Find out how flexible- learning tools, innovative programme designs and new partnership models have been used to help students to learn in remote contexts.


Abstracts and more details about the programme are available here; this information is being updated on a daily basis.






FW: Transforming Assessment and Feedback in Higher Education 30 June 2016



This one day event (30th June 2016) in Manchester is focused on institutional development and implementation of enhanced practice in assessment and feedback…it is supposed to be our ‘year off’ between our biennial Assessment in HE conferences but somehow it has grown into a one day conference J…anyway you would be welcome if it is of interest…if you are not able to attend this one then planning ahead - our next full two day conference is 27th and 28th June 2017 again in Manchester…

Best wishes

Pete Boyd


Transforming Assessment and Feedback in Higher Education on a wider scale: the challenge of change at institutional level


Thursday 30 June 2016 from 09.30 - 16.00, Midland Hotel, Manchester, UK


This one-day seminar aims to debate efforts to drive assessment change beyond the individual and course level towards transformation at the institutional, faculty or departmental level.   It is designed to be a very interactive and informative day drawing on and debating multiple examples of assessment change.


The programme includes a keynote lecture followed by a range of parallel sessions which will hear and debate a series of 10 minute presentations.  The presentations will be accompanied by written material providing delegates with further details of the initiative.  A pre-lunch session will use our successful ‘nano’ (3 minute) presentation method to introduce delegates to other assessment change projects.  Lunch will provide an opportunity to find out more from these presenters.


This seminar event has been designed to enable sharing of research-informed practice, discussion and networking. It is guaranteed that you will come away from this event with lots of knowledge and ideas about developing assessment enhancement beyond the course level, drawing on experiences in 40 higher education institutions.

Keynote speaker - Sue Bloxham: Central challenges in transforming assessment at departmental and institutional level


Registration and overnight accommodation

There is a charge of £150 for all seminar participants. To reserve your place please register on-line here. We have also arranged preferential rates at the Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa for delegates seeking overnight accommodation.  To book please contact the hotel direct on 0161 272 3200 then ask for reservations and quote the code UNIV290616.  Places are limited so I would suggest that you book early.


AHE: Leading Assessment for Learning in Higher Education

This AHE seminar and the biennial AHE conference are organised by an executive committee and managed by the University of Cumbria. If you have general queries please contact Linda Shore who manages the events at The next full AHE conference will be 28-29 June 2017. Our biennial conferences are well established as a key event for sharing international research and development focused on assessment in higher education. If you are unable to attend the seminar but wish to register for updates please click here




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Research Office and Graduate School

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University of Cumbria

Fusehill Street

Carlisle CA1 2HH

Tel: 01228 616338 EXT 6338




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Wednesday, 20 April 2016

FW: Skills Award Conference

We're pleased to announce that the AGCAS Skills Award Conference 'Partnerships, Pedagogy and Practice - Making Awards Successful' is open for bookings via the AGCAS website

The one-day conference will be taking place on Monday 20th June at Manchester Metropolitan University.

The conference will feature:

* A range of workshops covering different aspects of partnerships, pedagogy, and practice that help support and grow the potential of skills awards for students.

* Eluned Jones, AGCAS President and keynote speaker.

* A mini presentation session setting the scene for a panel discussion of people across the sector to share their work and experiences with the delegates.

With ample downtime built into the day, the conference will be a fantastic opportunity to network with colleagues from across the UK and beyond on established and developing skills awards. Delegates will also get to see posters from a range of contributors showcasing a variety of good practice for their skills awards.

The programme can be viewed on the AGCAS website

Who should attend?

The range of topics covered means that this conference is useful for those thinking of developing a Skills Award as well as those with pre-existing Awards.

Best wishes,


(On behalf of the AGCAS Skills Award Task Group)

Sarah Jeffries-Watts
Programme Manager (Personal Skills Award & Online Development) Careers Network University of Birmingham

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Monday, 18 April 2016

FW: Transforming Assessment Webinar Update - next session 4 May 'Reframing Assessment: This time it's personal' and recording from 6 April [JISC]

1) Next Transforming Assessment webinar: 4 May "Reframing Assessment: This time it's personal"

Presenters: A/Prof Abby Cathcart, Principal Fellow of the HEA (Queensland University of Technology, Australia) and Dr Darrall Thompson, Learning Futures Fellow (University of Technology Sydney, Australia).

A joint session with the Higher Education Academy.

There have been many major projects, initiatives and frameworks developed to enhance assessment practice at institutional, national and international levels. However, we need a deeper conversation about the significant barriers to implementation. Compliance pressures in both research and teaching can tend to cause a surface approach in even the most dedicated academics. It is proposed in this webinar to both present and engage with these challenges with a focus on transforming assessment. The concept that assessment methods have a significant backwash effect is clear when we see that the predominance of high stakes exam-based assessment throughout school years of study encourages both parents and children to focus on marks and grades as the only determiner of value and progress. The single mark given conflates the reasons for differentiation between students’ performances and obscures the diversity of orientation that may inform future study and employment. The culture of the single mark or grade needs to change and this webinar proposes that a focus on assessment is the way to begin this transformation.

Register via:

2) Recording available for Transforming Assessment webinar held 6 April 2016.
"Meaningfully embedding program (Degree) learning goals in course work: Review at UNSW Business School"
Presenter: Danny Carroll (University of New South Wales, Australia)

The session explored the experience of the University of New South Wales Business school, who in seeking to satisfy the accreditation requirements of AACSB and EQUIS trialled the 'Review' assessment tool. Improvements to a range of assessment processes and outcomes were the result as well as greatly enhanced evidence for program learning outcomes.

View the recording and download resources via:

Further information:
The Transforming Assessment webinars are part of a series of free events covering a range of assessment and e-assessment topics.
Sessions are hosted by Professor Geoffrey Crisp, PVC Education, University of New South Wales and Dr Mathew Hillier, Office of Vice-Provost Learning and Teaching, Monash University, Australia.
Further information on this and future events, recordings of past sessions, links to resources and participation/technical help on using the virtual seminar system can be found on our website at

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Friday, 15 April 2016

FW: UAL Event: 'Social status: creative uses of social media in HE'

Social status: creative uses of social media in higher education 

Friday 03 June 2016


London College of Fashion

John Princes St W1G 0BJ (nearest tube Oxford Circus) 


This one day symposium focuses on the value of social media for learning within creative arts and design higher education, while also drawing on innovative and effective practices from across the disciplines.

Who should attend?

This event is open to tutors, lecturers, technicians, study support tutors and librarians who have an interest in using social media, would like to know how to use them better, or have practice to share.

How can social media support creative arts learning, teaching and student support?

We will share innovative practices in integrating social media into a variety of aspects of course delivery, professional and creative practice and information sharing. Speakers and participants will be able to discuss a range of different approaches to using social media and identify ways in which these can be used more effectively.

There is no charge for attending this event, and lunch will be included.

For details of the full programme and to book a place visit the event webpage.


This event is part of a series hosted by University of the Arts London, exploring key issues in art and design teaching and learning in higher education.  

Each event includes leading speakers sharing current thinking in creative education and is designed to be interactive: delegates will have opportunities to engage in activities to support networking and engagement.

For more information about Teaching and Learning at UAL visit the Exchange website. To subscribe to our mailing list for more details about these and other events, please email, or follow us on Twitter @UALTLE.


Thursday, 14 April 2016

FW: Internationalising the Curriculum Conference in July 2016


We are holding a free to attend “Internationalising the Curriculum” Conference in Nottingham on July 14th 2016, and invite you to register.

There are two confirmed external ‘keynote speakers’:

Professor Sue Robson - who will be addressing engaging staff in internationalisation;

Dr Neil Harrison – who will discuss internationalisation “at home”

The full programme and booking information can be found at

Kind regards




Dr Sandra Kirk FRSB

Acting Associate Dean for Learning & Teaching

School of Science and Technology

Nottingham Trent University

Clifton Lane


NG11 8NS

Tel: 0115 848 3109


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Monday, 11 April 2016

FW: LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER: Roehampton's Annual Learning & Teaching Conference on 20.4.2016

Roehampton's Annual Learning & Teaching Conference


Becoming a 21st Century Graduate


Dear Colleagues


We still have a few places left for our  Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, which takes place next Wednesday 20th April 9.30-16.00. Information is on our website at:    


Bookings are open until Thursday 14th April at:


Our keynote speaker is the excellent Professor Ron Barnett from the Institute of Education / UCL. The conference will includes workshops, debates and discussions around the topic of learning and teaching in the 21st century university.  How can academic and support staff ensure that students are supported throughout their degrees? How can we improve retention rates on our taught programmes? What does a 21st century university teacher look like? What's the role of learning technology? How can we support our students to become excellent and employable 21st century graduates?


Our themes for this year are:


o The student journey / learning journeys


o Retention, retention, retention


o Stragglers and strugglers / the role of student support


o Making the most of technology


o Employability and the curriculum


Do join us if you can!


Kind regards


Bridget Middlemas

2016 Conference Organiser


Bridget Middlemas, SFHEA

PICASA Coordinator & SEDA Programmes Convenor | Department of Learning & Teaching

Grove House | University of Roehampton | London SW15 5PJ

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PICASA Project at Roehampton - Promoting Internationalisation of HEIs in Eastern Neighbourhood Countries through Cultural and Structural Adaptations


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