Monday, 23 October 2017

FW: Transforming Assessment Webinars (November session and other news) [JISCmail]

1) Reminder next session: "Students' preferences for assessment feedback via personal analytics solutions" 1 Nov 2017.
2) Final session for 2017! "Getting it right: guidelines for online assessment" 15 Nov 2017.
3) The 2017 ASCILITE SIG Survey – please respond!
4) Transforming Assessment (e-Assessment SIG) related sessions at ASCILITE conference 4-6 Dec 2017 (Australia).
5) e-Exams workshop following ASCILITE conference on 7 Dec 2017 (Australia).
6) AHE: "Transforming Feedback: Research and Development Conference" 28 June 2018 (UK)

Please forward to interested colleagues!

1) Reminder next session: Students' preferences for assessment feedback via personal analytics solutions 1 Nov 2017
Presenters: Dr Linda Corrin and Paula de Barba (University of Melbourne, Australia)

This webinar explores students' preferences as to the types, format and timing of assessment feedback to be delivered via personal learning analytics. That is - information that is customised and delivered to the student about their own performance.

Further information and registration:

2) Final session for 2017: Getting it right: guidelines for online assessment 15 Nov.
Presenters: David Snell and Jane Terrell (Massey University, New Zealand)

This session explores findings and tools developed for an Ako Aotearoa project on developing guidelines for assessment in higher education as well as an online tool that provides guidance to teachers in deploying online assessment tools.

Further information and registration:

3) The 2017 ASCILITE SIG Survey – please respond!

As a member of the Transforming Assessment (e-Assessment) SIG under ASCILITE we would like to invite you to participate in an anonymous 6 - 8 minute survey designed to ensure that the SIG is relevant to you and other members. The survey will also help ASCILITE and SIG leaders such as myself better understand your needs within the SIG.

The survey has been vetted by the leaders of each ASCILITE SIG who are all keen to know what you think. We do hope that you can find a few minutes to complete it.
Survey link:

We would very much appreciate if you could complete the survey by 25 October 2017. (The survey closes that evening at about 8pm Eastern Australian time).
Once we have tabulated the results, we will make them available to the ASCILITE Executive Committee, all SIG leaders, on SIG websites and in the ASCILITE member bulletin for SIG members to view.
Thank you for your time - On behalf of all SIG Leader(s).

4) Transforming Assessment (e-Assessment SIG) related sessions at ASCILITE conference 2017.

The draft ASCILITE conference program (subject to change) has now been released!
We would very much like meet you 4-6 December 2017 (conference), 7 December (workshops) in Toowoomba, QLD, Australia.

Transforming Assessment (e-Assessment SIG) will be represented my Mathew in connection with the following sessions:
Monday 4 Dec:
"Me, Us, and IT: Insiders' views of the complex technical, organisational and personal elements in using virtual worlds in education" (paper presentation).
Tuesday 5 Dec:
"Transforming exams: How IT works for BYOD e-exams" (paper presentation).
"Get to know the ASCILITE Special Interest Groups" (ASCILITE SIGs information session)
"The Me, Us and IT of webinars for an ASCILITE SIG" (a digital poster about Transforming Assessment webinars!)
"Transforming Exams - stories from across Australia" (panel session for national e-exam project).

5) e-Exams workshop following ASCILITE conference on 7 Dec.

We are running a hands-on workshop on authentic e-Exams suitable for educators, e-learning designers and e-learning technologists.

Title: Workshop 2 "Transforming exams: Hands on with the technology".
Date: Thursday 7 Dec: 10:00am to 1:30pm
Venue: T Block, Room 125, University of Southern Queensland campus, Toowoomba, QLD, Australia.
A catered light lunch will be provided.
Capacity: 40 people.
Workshop registration link (no cost):
(scroll down to find "Register now and secure your attendance".)
Numbers are limited so please get in quick - but also let us know if you subsequently can't make it so we can free places for others.
Participants will need to bring a compatible laptop. Please refer to
This workshop is sponsored by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training funded project: Transforming Exams (Grant ID 15-4747).
Note! only the workshop session and catering are free. Participants must pay for their own travel and accommodation expenses. Also, if participants attend the ASCILITE conference on 4 to 6 Dec they will need to separately register and pay the conference registration fee.

6) Transforming Feedback: Research and Development Conference 28 June 2018 (UK)

Our colleagues at 'Assessment in Higher Education' (AHE) are running a one day conference in Manchester, UK on 28 June 2018.

Feedback is a challenging aspect of Higher Education academic practice. Despite considerable efforts across the sector to enhance the effectiveness of feedback and address student concerns, successive National Student Surveys continue to highlight assessment and feedback issues.  At the same time, considerable advances have been made with theorising and rethinking the notion of feedback, challenging assumptions and current practices. We might consider, for example, the consequences of tension between the neoliberal, high accountability policy framework of higher education and the development of feedback that promotes self-regulated learning.

Keynote: "Feedback for the longer term: Developing student feedback literacy"
Professor David Carless University of Hong Kong

Transforming Assessment will also be running a post-conference webinar in the form of a panel style session as part of our 2018 series.

The call papers and conference registration is now available:

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, Monash Office 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

Support for this activity has been provided by the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (as the 'e-Assessment SIG'), the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching, University of New South Wales, Monash University and the University of Queensland. The views expressed in this publication/activity do not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsoring institutions.

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Dr Mathew Hillier
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The Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation
(was 'Teaching and Educational Development Institute'),
The University of Queensland, Australia
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Office of Learning & Teaching
Monash University, Caulfield Campus (Melbourne), Australia
Transforming Assessment

FW: Open Lecture on Learning Gain next Tuesday at 5-6pm (live broadcast link included)


The 1st in our Open Lecture Series for 2017-18 will take place next Tuesday the 24th of Oct at 5-6pm in the iconic Greenwich campus (QA065). 


Professor Simon Lancaster's talk is titled  'When metrics collide: dilemmas in learning gain'. More information can be found here: 


Attendance is free and there is no need to register. 


The lecture will also be broadcasted live with Panopto via this link 
You can tweet your questions/comments using #edlecture


Kind Regards,



P.S. The programme for this year's Open Lecture Series can be found here: 


Dr Timos Almpanis, SFHEA, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Teaching, Learning & Professional Development

Educational Development Unit

QM162, Greenwich Campus

University of Greenwich

London SE10 9LS


Tel: +44(0)208 3318901  | E-mail:


University of Greenwich, a charity and company limited by guarantee, registered in England (reg. no. 986729). Registered office: Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, Greenwich, London SE10 9LS.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

FW: Call for proposals - 11th Annual University of Glasgow Learning and Teaching Conference


Dear Colleagues

I am very pleased to be able to announce the call for proposals for presentations and workshop sessions at the 11th Annual University of Glasgow Learning and Teaching Conference. This year the conference has been extended and will be a two-day event. If the date is not already in your diary, the Conference will take place on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th March 2018.

The title of this year’s Conference is ‘Learning Spaces’, with a focus on ‘Visualisation in Learning and Teaching’ on the first day. We welcome proposals for presentations or interactive workshops which address the Conference theme and which focus on one or more of the Conference sub-themes. As in previous years, we welcome paper proposals from colleagues from outside the University of Glasgow, as well as welcoming external delegates to the conference. Registration will open once the conference programme has been finalised.

This year the Conference has six sub-themes which are:

  • Visualisation in learning and teaching - novel use of digital technologies for visualisation. We welcome abstracts that show the application of digital technologies in visualisation related to learning, teaching and assessment. Particular areas of interest would be 3D applications, and the use of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR).
  • Learning in a virtual space - the modern web offers a plethora of opportunities for interaction and collaboration for today’s learners, and challenges educators to harness the power of these participatory tools and to use them meaningfully in order to enhance student learning. We invite submissions that outline innovative use of web 2.0 services for teaching, learning and assessment. Proposals describing more traditional types of virtual spaces, such as Moodle and other VLEs, are also very welcome.
  • Promoting active learning in the classroom - whilst newer spaces can be developed for new ways of teaching, existing space can be used in different ways to promote active learning in the classroom. Disciplines can learn from each other about how space can be used to enhance student engagement during contact time and with increased focus on the time spent in a classroom, thinking about how to make the most of that time is becoming increasingly important. We welcome abstracts that showcase innovative and novel ways to engage students during contact time, including abstracts that show cross and inter-disciplinary implementation.
  • Learning in practice - learning through experiential and work-related opportunities beyond the traditional learning spaces provided on campus can prove invaluable for developing skills and knowledge, for supporting professional development, as well as for employability. We welcome abstracts that discuss approaches to creating effective learning opportunities off campus, with a focus on the application of knowledge and experience of real-world environments to develop professional competencies, attitudes and values.
  • Independent learning - student learning happens both within and outwith the classroom, with the bulk of student work taking place independently. The promotion of independent learning skills and self-directed learning environments is a crucial element of students' university experience that feeds into: student work, assessment and engagement with feedback. We encourage abstracts that focus on promoting students' independence in learning.
  • Inclusive and accessible spaces - how can we develop and support a culture of accessibility and inclusion that helps students to reach their full potential, while also enjoying their time at university? What types of teaching practices can help to support student mental health and wellbeing? We invite submissions describing strategies designed to help students build confidence and minimise the stress of making the transition to independent learning. We also welcome abstracts that outline adjustments that can be made to make it easier and more enjoyable for all students to engage with learning environments in an inclusive manner.

 Call for abstracts:

The Conference will comprise a mixture of presentations (30 minutes – 20 minutes talk and 10 minutes questions), interactive workshops (60 minutes) and lightning talks; I invite you to submit abstracts (max 300 words) for presentations and workshops using the online tool at: .


We wish to have as much engagement with students and student learning as possible through the Conference so we will be asking all presentation and workshop proposals to identify student engagement again this year – this may be in the form of having students as part of the presenting team, or students may have been involved in the development, running or evaluation of projects being submitted.

Selection will be based on the following criteria:

·         The proposal aligns with the title and themes of the Conference.

·         The work is sufficiently accessible and interesting to a wide audience.

·         The proposal demonstrates how students have been or will be engaged in preparing for or delivering the presentation or workshop, or in the development, running or evaluation of the project being presented.

·         The work can be clearly and effectively presented in the allocated time.

·         The authors of this work have thought about how they will engage participants.

·         The outcomes proposed in the presentation/workshop/poster can be readily achieved.


Please submit your abstracts by Monday, 23rd October, 9am. As with previous Conferences, successful abstracts will be published in the Proceedings booklet and online formats.



Registration will open early in the New Year, when the full programme will be announced. Full details will also be published on the website:



Building on the success of previous Conferences, I look forward to your participation in what I am sure will prove to be, once again, a lively and engaging event.


All best




Dr Matthew J. Williamson PFHEA

Director, Learning Enhancement and Academic Development Service (LEADS)


Direct Line: +44 (0)141 330 3890


Learning Enhancement and Academic Development Service

Southpark House

64 Southpark Avenue

University of Glasgow

G12 8LB



The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401



FW: REMINDER: SEDA Spring Conference 2018





*Apologies for cross posting*


Understanding and improving the student experience: making a real difference in the new age of metrics


The deadline for proposals for the SEDA Spring Teaching and Learning Conference 2018 is 30 October. If you would like more details please go to the conference website where you will find the guidance and the proposal form.


Dates:      10– 11 May 2018


Venue:     Doubletree by Hilton, Leeds


Proposals should be submitted electronically to SEDA at, using the proposal form, by Monday, 30th October at 5pm.


Follow discussions about this and other SEDA conferences on Twitter using #sedaconf


Joseph Callanan
Events and Publications Officer
Staff and Educational Development Association
Woburn House
20-24 Tavistock Square

London WC1H 9HF 

United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7380 6769

This email and any attachments to it are confidential to the intended recipient and may be legally privileged. If you are not the intended recipient, please delete this email from your system and notify the sender.
SEDA is a UK registered charity and company (registered charity number 1089537; registered company no. 3709481).


FW: Forthcoming events at the CRA

Personal Tutoring and Academic Advising Seminar: Contemporary Narratives and Developing Practice

Wednesday 11th October 2017

Sheffield Hallam University

Speakers include Mike Laycock, author of the Personal Tutoring SEDA Special who will examine successful strategies for personal tutoring Alison Wilkinson and Ben Walker, University of Lincoln describing their Intervention for Success Project, Steve Outram, CRA Director will examine the Personal Tutoring and Academic Advising narratives in institutions that achieved a TEF God award, Cathy Malone and colleagues at Sheffield Hallam University will describe how they developed a very successful strategy for personal tutoring and Sam Dent, University of Sheffield, will describe the success of the HEFCE-funded Raising Awareness, Raising Aspiration Project linking personal tutoring to academic success.

The Final session of this Seminar will introduce the launch of the third cohort of the very successful CRA – SEDA Award in Personal Tutoring and Academic Advising

Personal Tutoring and Academic Advising: A joint CRA and SEDA - PDA Award

Third Cohort 2017/2018 Academic Year

A National Award, delivered by the CRA, accredited by SEDA, and mapped to the UKPSF.

This award has been developed to address a national demand for the continuing professional development of higher education staff in the field of Personal Tutoring and Academic Advising.  Intended for those who are involved in personal or academic tutoring of students in post-compulsory, adult education and HE settings, the provision aims to:

  • Develop enhanced professional practice in personal and academic tutoring.
  • Encourage a student-centred approach to personal and academic tutoring.
  • Explore the theory, concepts and practices involved in personal and academic tutoring.
  • Support participants in dealing with issues they face in their role in relation to personal and academic tutoring.
  • Foster a critically reflective approach to tutoring practice.
  • Promote a scholarly, research-informed and evidence-informed approach to personal and academic tutoring.
  • Enhance participants skills to support, coach and develop others as personal and academic tutors.

As with other SEDA Awards, it supports professional engagement with the implementation of enhanced practice in evidence informed ways, and in the presentation of the learning and outcomes from this in the form of a Portfolio for accreditation.


Webinars coming up …

"A Strategic Approach to Embedding Employability" Webinar

Wednesday 18th October 2017, 12:30pm

Led by Gill Reindl, Hartpury College


"Tutoring the Tutors" Webinar

Thursday 9th November 2017, 12:30pm

Led by Kathryn McFarlane


Steve Outram

The Centre for Recording Achievement


   The Centre for Recording Achievement

   Unit 3B, First Floor, Pier House, Wallgate, Wigan, WN3 4AL.

   Tel: 01942 826761; Fax: 01942 834623; E-mail:





FW: SIG Research & Evaluation - first ever meeting!



We would like to invite you to attend the first ever meeting of the RAISE Special Interest Group (SIG) for Research and Evaluation. This will take place on November 16th at London Metropolitan University between 11am-3pm and will have discussions, activities and guest speakers covering the following topics which were generated at the RAISE conference:


·         Collating and sharing examples of good practice in researching and evaluating student engagement

·         Developing and supporting projects across a range of contexts and settings

·         Developing measures that are contextual and student focused, not metric driven

·         Sharing strategies and challenges in evaluating student engagement

·         Addressing the 'theory gap' in student engagement research and evaluation


Please click the following link to confirm


Any questions or suggestions please contact SIG coordinators Stuart Sims ( and/or Wilko Luebsen (