Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Fwd: RCE conference next week

European Regional Centres of Expertise (RCEs) in Education for Sustainable Development

A very varied two-day programme. Free to book for members and non-members.

The annual RCE European meetings brings together members of European Regional Centres of Expertise (RCEs) in Education for Sustainable Development, and anyone with an interest in collaborative local action and learning for sustainability.

This year's conference theme is "Climate Emergency: Joined-up Climate Action". The event takes place online from November 24th to 25th. 

Presentations and resources will be available to attendees online during the week preceding the event. 

Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Fwd: WEBINAR: Meeting the challenge of getting students reading!

WEBINAR: Meeting the challenge of getting students reading!
Webinar, Wednesday 2nd Dec, 4:00pm-6:00pm (GMT)

A workshop evaluating strategies for the promotion of high-quality academic reading through active learning.

The workshop asks the question: How can we support active reading strategies in an online environment and what works?

The challenge is that students aren't reading (research tells us that an expectation that 27 per cent of students are doing the set reading is a high estimate) and they're reluctant to engage with some of the reading we recommend.

That's a problem because we want our students to become good at writing; because critical thinking emerges through academic writing; but before writing comes reading.

So, this workshop aims to evaluate some of the strategies that staff on the Media Production programme at Solent university have employed in getting students reading high-quality academic sources, understanding their structure, and helping them with comprehension, interpretation, paraphrasing, and synthesis.

In particular, the workshop will look at how these strategies can be moved from face to face in a classroom to an online and remote learning scenario. It takes as it's starting point a workshop delivered earlier in the year that modelled active reading as an in-class activity.

For further information on the workshop delivered in Spring 2020 read our blog post: I am not an academic: get me out of here!

Book via Eventbrite:
Book via the ALN Website:


Monday, 16 November 2020

Fwd: ICALLD symposium-over-time - Save the date!

The interactive hour-long session will discuss Thriving in Action, a unique initiative now used in over 30 institutions across Canada:


Thriving in Action: A Flourishing Program That's Flourished


December 8, 2020 from 10-11 p.m. (GMT) 

Zoom link: 


In this uplifting, experiential session, ICALLD participants will be introduced to Ryerson University's Thriving in Action (TiA) program, a unique mind-body-heart-spirit intervention for struggling students. TiA's curriculum blends Positive Psychology, CBT, mindfulness, somatic traditions, and holistic learning strategies. In TiA, we have created a semester-long, equity-driven, non-prescriptive, upstream, health-promoting, early alert, pre-probation, midstream transition & retention initiative. 


Join Dr. Diana Brecher and Dr. Deena Kara Shaffer to 

  • learn more about TiA, 
  • explore the Canadian academic and wellbeing landscape, 
  • hear from other Canadian educators implementing TiA, 
  • expand your own repertoire of resilience practices, and 
  • walk away with a sense of community and hope.



Dr Carina Buckley, PFHEA

Instructional Design Manager | Solent Learning and Teaching Institute

Southampton Solent University | East Park Terrace | Southampton SO14 0RJ

T: 023 8201 3336 E:|

Co-Chair, ALDinHE 


Fwd: University of the Highlands and Islands: Assessment & feedback symposium - Inclusive assessment



Assessment & feedback symposium: Inclusive assessment

12:30 – 14:00 Wednesday 18 November

09:30 – 11:30 Thursday 19 November


**Apologies for cross posting, this email has been sent to the LTA Forum, Subject Network Leaders and LTA Mailing List**

The University of the Highlands and Islands' Learning and Teaching Academy team would like to invite anyone in the sector to some keynote sessions being held as part of an online symposium:

Session Outline

The theme for the LTA's third Assessment and Feedback symposium is Inclusive Assessment. Inclusive assessment (IA) means considering all aspects of assessment - from development of marking criteria to method and mode of feedback – to ensure that no students are excluded. Although originally focusing on students with disabilities, IA now means examining where implicit and unconscious bias could marginalise any students, and eliminating this for the benefit of all students.



  • Keynote presentation and workshop: 360° inclusive feedback 
  • Putting ideas into practice: Inclusive assessment in Brightspace 
  • Keynote workshop: A social justice model of assessment 
  • Sharing best practice: Lightning talks from UHI colleagues  


There are 4 different parts to the symposium (as above), however only the 'keynote' sessions are available externally as they have relevance beyond UHI, with other sessions focussing on internal policy and practice and hence limited to UHI colleagues.


Keynote presentation and workshop: 360° inclusive feedback - Virna Rossi, PGCert/MA Course Leader, Ravensbourne University, London 

Dr Mustapha Aabi, Associate Professor and course leader of Educational Psychology, Ibn Zohr University, Agadir, Morocco

Wednesday 18 November 12.30 – 14:00


In the first half of this session, the speakers will introduce the concept of 360-degree feedback, explaining its underpinning principles and how it can be used to support a range of learners. The second half will be an active workshop in which participants can try out the techniques to experience first-hand how 360-degree feedback works in practice.


Keynote workshop: - A social justice model of assessment - Dr Pauline Hanesworth (SRUC) 

Thursday 19 November 09:30 – 11:30


Assessment and feedback in tertiary education is neither value neutral nor culture free: within its procedures, structures and systems it codifies cultural, disciplinary and individual norms, values and knowledge hierarchies. This leads to inequities in the learner experience and often results in disparities in outcomes. In short, assessment and feedback in its traditional form can be inherently unjust. In this workshop, we will explore the ways in which assessment can embed inequity, and a potential alternative approach. Focusing on assessment at point of design, and drawing on the theories of universal design for learning and culturally sustaining pedagogy, the workshop will support delegates to design assessment that is "socially just", enabling all students to meet their potential.



This event with run online via Webex Meetings and colleagues are welcome to attend one or both keynote sessions. To book this online event, please email specifying which keynote session(s) you would like to attend. We will then send out links to the sessions where you can join.


Dr Pauline Hanesworth

Pauline is the Head of Learning and Teaching at Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), prior to which she spent six years as an Academic Lead at the Higher Education Academy (now Advance HE) where she led work related to equality and diversity in learning, teaching and assessment (on which she researches) and to teaching excellence. She has supported a variety of institutions, faculties, programmes and individual academics to develop their pedagogic practice and firmly believes that good learning and teaching should be equitable and challenging, well-designed and fun.

Virna Rossi 

Virna (independent educational developer, PGCert/MA Course Leader at Ravensbourne University London) is an educationalist who cares. She has been teaching for over 22 years. Her journey started as a Languages teacher in primary, secondary, Fe and HE settings. Since 2008 she has been in various educational development roles, currently at Ravensbourne University London. She is a SFHEA and a FSEDA. 

Her multilingual and multicultural life experiences have made her very aware of the value of diversity. Her main research interests are in inclusive learning design and she is editing a book on this subject with over 60 contributors from all over the world. One of the contributors is Dr Mustapha Aabi with whom she has been collaborating on feedback practices. Virna's motto is 'Learn to thrive'.

Dr. Mustapha Aabi

Dr. Mustapha Aabi is currently an Associate Professor and course leader of Educational Psychology at Ibn Zohr University, Agadir – Morocco, and a member of the steering group of the International Collaboratory for Leadership in Universally Designed Education (INCLUDE).

He has taught courses in Linguistics and Education in several countries, and has served in education leadership positions, and in different capacities on several international conference, workshop and training program committees. His research interests lie in the areas of trans-linguistics and education. He has collaborated actively with researchers in several other disciplines of education, particularly inclusive education, leadership and early education on issues at the linguistic, cultural and pedagogical intersections.


We want to make this a positive experience for all participants and hope we have met everyone's needs in joining this session.  If you have particular access needs please contact us at so we can work together to get you as good an experience as we can.

Best wishes

Jane Steele

Information and Communications Assistant

Learning and Teaching Academy



Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Fwd: *Free webinar* Case Studies: How to do Team-Based Learning Online

The second webinar in our short series Case Studies: How to do Team-Based Learning Online which will take place 2-3pm BST this Thursday 30th July.

How do you actually 'do' TBL online?

If you're a novice distance learning educator, teaching using TBL online can be a daunting prospect: how can it still be engaging if everyone is suffering from zoom fatigue? Can it still be inclusive? Will you need to learn all sorts of complicated new tools?

If you are struggling with the practicalities of how to create an online active, collaborative environment and how to use available resources to support effective delivery, this webinar is for you.

We will guide you through two very different approaches for TBL remote education practice:

1) asynchronous using only a VLE and

2) synchronous using a VLE, MS Teams and some specialist software

You'll be able to compare and contrast the benefits of both and have some authentic examples to act as inspiration as you develop your own practice.

You'll hear from:

Dr Michele Clark

Dr Michele Clark

Dr Steve Cayzer

Michele Clark, an emerita from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, has a research focused on clinical practice, caregiver burden and depression, improving health behavior for the diabetic client, and evaluating the team-based learning teaching strategy.

Dr Clark is an active member of the TBL collaborative. She presently chairs the membership committee and lead 20 faculty members in the development and publication of a white paper for best practices for online TBL. Presently she is part of the initiative to get the best practices for online TBL published in the journal New Directions in Teaching and Learning and is leading the TBLC initiative to develop an online TBL certificate program.

Dr Steve Cayzer is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Bath where he designs and leads interdisciplinary programmes in Engineering Management. He champions active learning approaches that foster student agency, peer learning and collaboration on meaningful challenges.  He enjoys working with students and colleagues to develop research-informed best practices in teaching, and to share these practices across the sector and beyond. Examples of these innovations include the use of Team Based Learning (TBL), Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS), team profiling, social network analysis and gamification, all of which have been addressed in his pedagogical research.


You may also find this paper, Off-to-On: Best Practices for Online Team-Based Learning, useful. 

Register here - we look forward to seeing you there!

With best wishes,

Rebecca McCarter

Educational Development Consultant


Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy

Accredited Trainer-Consultant in Team-Based Learning


Sunday, 5 July 2020

Fwd: Webinar: Using MS Teams and OneNote to deliver lecture-style content

On Thursday, 16 July 2020 from 1300 to 1400 UK time a colleague of mine, Andrew Smerdon, will deliver a webinar called "Using MS Teams and OneNote to deliver lecture-style content". Due to the popularity of the prior webinar, this event is being repeated.

Event in brief

Microsoft Teams and OneNote can be combined effectively with a tablet device to deliver lecture style content to students in a way that broadly replicates traditional facilities available in lecture theatres.

This session could be of particular interest if you would typically use a whiteboard during your sessions – for example for numerical, mathematical or formula driven sessions where you would like to demonstrate techniques to students.

Session overview

The webinar will last 60 minutes, inclusive of time for questions and answers. The session will cover:

  • How to share presentations and other content with students during a live session;
  • How OneNote can be used to share worked examples with students that might normally be delivered using a whiteboard;
  • How to record your session in Microsoft Teams so that it is delivered synchronously to students who can join the meeting live, as well as asynchronously to those who cannot.

How to sign up

You can sign up at following link: Spaces are limited up to 250 participants. You will receive the event link 1 day prior to the event.


Thank you.


Best wishes,


Dustin Hosseini, MA, FHEA | Senior Teaching Associate / Digital Education Facilitator
Lancaster University Management School

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Message me on Teams 
+44 (0)1524 591234

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Looking for inspiration or stories from colleagues on digital education? Listen to the Digital Education Practices Podcast:

Have a good idea, practice or story to contribute to the podcast? Contribute one here:

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Fwd: CFP HEIR Online Conference: Strengthening Higher Education Futures

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Higher Education Institutional Research (HEIR) Network conference will take place online on 10 and 11 September, 2020, hosted by the University of Brighton - Call for Papers open until July 12th 

The conference will comprise of four strands highlighting the ways in which institutional research, evaluation and data increasingly plays a pivotal role in supporting institutional effectiveness to strengthen HE futures.

·       Enhancing learning lives
·       Enriching data stories
·       Influencing policy
·       Learning from crises

There will also be a range of relevant breakout sessions throughout the event, delivered by inspiring HE professionals and academics, further details avaiable here


The event will hear from four influential keynote speakers, all experts in their field, ready to share their knowledge and insights on the current issues facing the sector and how we can effectively respond.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Sir Chris Husbands

Professor Sir Chris Husbands, Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University, is also Chair of the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF), Chair of the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) Board, Yorkshire Universities Board, and the Doncaster Opportunity Area Partnership Board.

Sir Chris is also on the board of Universities UK (UUK).   

Eliza Kozman

Eliza Kozman is Deputy Director (Research) at the Centre for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes (TASO), an affiliate What Works centre set up to tackle inequality in higher education.

Formerly, she worked for the Behavioural Insights Team where she designed and implemented a range of research projects with a focus on reducing inequality in education.

David Kernohan

David Kernohan is an Associate Editor of Wonkhe and has responsibility for the development and delivery of a variety of editorial content. His key areas of wonkishness include teaching quality enhancement policy, funding policy, sector agency politics and history, research policy, and the use of technology and data in Higher Education.

David has written for Wonkhe since its foundation, and also maintains a personal blog.

Nona McDuff, OBE

Nona McDuff, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Students and Teaching at Solent University, was awarded an OBE for her services to diversity in higher education and is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

As chair of the Higher Education Race Action Group (HERAG), Nona was invited to address the All Party Parliamentary Group on Higher Education on diversity in academia where she challenged the ministers to take active steps to promote social justice through education. 

Please contact HEIR conference admin at with any questions or for information about sponsorship opportunities.

Fwd: Free online SIG events in September

RAISE are delighted to announce the following programme of free online SIGs for September: 

Wednesday 2 September

·         Morning: Engaging Assessment SIG on neurodiversity

·         Afternoon (13.00-16.30): Partnership SIG on Pandemic Partnerships and Power
A call for contributions (with deadline 30 July) and sign up for the Partnership SIG is available on the RAISE website.

Thursday 3 September

·         Morning: Evaluation SIG on real-world messy evaluation of attempts to make the curriculum more engaging

·         Afternoon: Inclusivity SIG

Friday 4 September

·         Postgraduate practice SIG

Please save the dates – further details and times will follow.
We hope to see you at one of our online SIG events soon!

Best wishes,


Dr Jenny Marie, NTF, PFHEA

RAISE SIG coordinator


Thursday, 18 June 2020

Fwd: New Dates for 2020 UNISA HETL Conference in South Africa

Register now for the 2020 International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Conference in South Africa:


Saturday, 6 June 2020

Fwd: Teaching with Wikipedia - Wed 10 June 12-1pm BST

Teaching with Wikipedia: Event for Course Leaders 
Wed, 10 Jun 2020 12:00 - 13:00 BST 

This online event is open to all and will showcase best practice for any educator looking at using Wikipedia in education. 

"Knowledge creates understanding – understanding is sorely lacking in today's world."
Katherine Maher, Executive Director Wikimedia Foundation.

Too often Wikipedia is framed as something to be avoided, to be "consumed at your peril". At the University of Edinburgh we flip this on its head, and see Wikipedia as learning technology, reimagining it away from something passively consumed to something our staff and students can positively contribute to, to improve global understanding on the most public of digital platforms as active & engaged digital citizens, and gain a lot from the teaching & learning experience as a result.

Demystifying the process behind such assignments, attendees will learn about events & assignments conducted over the last 5 years at the University of Edinburgh and best practice across the UK as well as have the opportunity to find out more about how assignments can be conducted in their own field.

best wishes

Friday, 5 June 2020

Fwd: CDE Webinar - 23 June - Jumping Online - Sustaining Quality Learning

You are invited to the second University of London Centre for Distance Education webinar, designed to support the move to online during the pandemic. It is taking place on Tuesday 23rd June, 11.30-12.30

Here is a report of the first CDE Webinar, on  what we have learned so far

The quality of the student experience in online learning is of critical importance. How well does our management of quality in learning and teaching in campus-based programmes transfer into the online mode? What new concepts and practices do we need to develop to ensure our students learn effectively and engage fully with their programmes of study as we move into our autumn terms?

The webinar will be led by two CDE fellows, J Simon Rofe, Academic Head of Digital Learning at SOAS University of London and Jonathan San Diego, Lecturer in Technology & Health Informatics Education and Director of the iTEL Hub at Kings College, London and by Diana Laurillard, Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies, UCL Knowledge Lab.

More details are available on the CDE Events Page.

There is no need to register, but please note the date and time for your diary. The webinar will be open to all who wish to participate. We will send the webinar link and joining instructions a couple of days prior to the event.

Apoogies if you have previously seen this message elsewhere


Very best wishes





CDE Fellow
07747 045 931


Skype: anthony.david.baume


Thursday, 4 June 2020

Fwd: UKCISA free online events: International Student Mental Health


International Student Mental Health: Online Events 9-11 June 2020


Next week, 9-11 June 2020, UKCISA are running a series of online sessions on International Student Mental Health including a session by Dr Heather Gray and Dr Shiv Shanmugam from Glasgow Caledonian University who will present on research that they have carried out in Scotland on student mental wellbeing and the curriculum. This is of interest to all staff supporting international students through their studies in the UK, and particularly useful for staff who wish to consider how best to adapt academic programmes (face to face and online during the Covid-19 Crisis) to ensure positive student mental wellbeing.


Events run over the three days and include:

·         an outline of the Student Minds Mental Health Charter, recently updated to address Covid-19, 

·         a lively panel discussion including the OfS  and the OfS Challenge Project on International Student Mental Health,

·         a session for FE staff

·         an in-depth interview with an international student studying Global Mental Health who has great advice for institutions on how to engage international students from different cultures with mental health support.


For full details and to book to attend, go to the UKCISA website


We recently also ran a session on supporting PhD students and supervisors' mental health (a research project with Sheffield University, Glasgow University, Heriot Watt and Glasgow Caledonian) which you can watch on our website (just create a log in if you haven't used the members area of the UKCISA website before) .



Friday, 29 May 2020

Fwd: Invitation to event - More than a pivot: thinking critically through our pedagogy

Dear Colleagues,

You are invited to attend an event called More than a pivot: Thinking critically through our pedagogy on Wednesday, 10 June at 1600 to 1730 BST.  Below is a brief description of the event, and you can sign up here.

The Digital Education Network and the Institute for Curriculum Enhancement at Lancaster University and the LSE Higher Education Blog at the LSE Eden Centre for Education Enhancement will host a workshop More than a pivot: Thinking critically through our pedagogy with the invited speaker, Sean Michael Morris, co-author of An Urgency of Teachers: the Work of Critical Digital Pedagogy and co-founder of Hybrid Pedagogy, 'a community, a conversation, a collaboration, a school, and a journal' on critical digital pedagogy.'  This session will be a participatory workshop where we think through our assumptions around what it means to design for learning and teaching in digital spaces especially in current circumstances. Due to the participatory nature of the workshop, admission is limited to 100 people, with additional signups entered on a waitlist.

Dr Sara Camacho Felix

Assistant Professorial Lecturer

Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme

International Inequalities Institute

London School of Economics and Political Science

4th Floor Centre Building

Houghton Street

London WC2A 2AE

+44 (0)20 7106 1101

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Fwd: The student-led Decolonising the Curriculum Conference 2020

Dear Colleagues,

Please find attached info of the Decolonising the Curriculum Conference 2020 at the University of Birmingham. This annual event is a student-led initiative putting our students in the driver's seat on the discussion of views, ideas, and focuses around what it means and what it takes to decolonise the curriculum, for students and with students.

This year's conference will be delivered online. Please find the booking link below and feel free to invite your students and E&D / Learning & Teaching colleagues to join in the conversation across this June.

Best regards,



Dr Sammy C.H. Li

BEcon&Fin (Hons), MSc, GCL&T, Ph.D., FHEA

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Equality and Diversity Advisor for Students,

Student Services


Student Hub, Aston Webb Building,

University of Birmingham,


Birmingham, B15 2TT


Tel: +44(0)121 414 3247 (Staff are working remotely during restricted campus operations. Please contact by email)