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)

Thursday, 14 May 2020

Fwd: INCLUDE Webinar - Moving Global Learning Online​: The role of Universal Design for Learning

Moving Global Learning OnlineThe role of Universal Design for Learning. 

The event takes place Friday 22nd May, 14:00-15:30 (BST).

You are welcome to share the invitation with your wider networks, locally and globally. Register for this free webinar here:

Best wishes,
Dr Sean Bracken, PFHEA (on behalf of the INCLUDE Steering Group)
School of Education Learning and Teaching Coordinator
University of Worcester.

University of Worcester, 2019 University of the Year finalist for Times Higher Education Awards, UK Social Mobility Awards, Green Gown Awards

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Fwd: Celebrating Learning Community in a Time of Crisis

As part of our annual Teaching and Learning conference, the Teaching Excellence Academy at the University of Hull plans to celebrate the fantastic work Higher Education Providers are doing in response to the current Covid 19 (C19) crisis.

The conference 'Celebrating Learning Community: the transformative potential of partnership working' (delivered online between Monday 29th June and Wednesday 1st July) will host a collection of high quality papers from across the UK and a plenary from the University of Hull Student Partnership Scheme. Professor Brendan Stone NTF (University of Sheffield) will live-stream a conversation exploring the role of higher education and partnership working in the context of C19. Professor Becky Huxley-Binns NTF, PFHEA,  Professor Graham Scott NTF, PFHEA (both University of Hull) and Debbie McVittie (WonkHE) will make up the final plenary-panel (Wednesday 1st July, 15.30 – 16.15).  

The conference will close with Kathy Wright (Advance HE) introducing a showcase of 'HE Partnerships in a Time of Crisis'. The showcase offers individuals, departments, faculties and institutions opportunity to celebrate their work addressing the C19 crisis: for example,  Engineers at The University of Hull producing hundreds of thousands of PPE face-shields for the NHS.

The Showcase reminds us we (the HE sector) are a force for the greater good and absolutely relevant to local and regional community, and society as a whole. In a time of physical isolation, in unprecedented times, we hope this showcase allows us to remain alive to the notion that 'hope… becomes intensified when one realises it is not a solitary struggle' (Freire, 1997, p106).

We invite a SINGLE power point slide submission for each C19-response project. 

Your slide will then be curated into a stack for broadcast.

You may send your submissions to with 'Partnership Showcase' in the subject field.

When compiling your slides please follow good accessible practice (attached and

Deadline for showcase submissions: Wednesday June 3rd 12 noon.

Bookings for the conference will open soon!

With all good wishes, stay safe, Jen


Dr Jenny Louise Lawrence PFHEA
Head Teaching Excellence Academy, University of Hull & Independent Consultant

SEDA Executive Committee
SEDA Papers Committee
SEDA Scholarship and Research Committee
Editorial Board, Innovations in Education and Teaching International
Editorial Board, The Scholarship Framework

Lawrence, J (2020) Designing our plagiarism for online assessment

Lawrence, J (2020) 5 ways to wellbeing when working from home, EWonkHE:

Lea, J. Hall, G. and Lawrence, J. (2020) Leading a step-change in scholarly cultures in College-based Higher Education. Potter, J. and Devecchi, C. (2020) Leading Educational Change in HE: A transformative approach for leaders and practitioners. London: Routledge.
Lea, J. Lobb, R. Cattaneo, J. and Lawrence, J. (In press) 'Scholarship as student engagement in college HE'. Lowe, T. and El Hakim, Y. (In press), Student Engagement in Higher education: theory into practice. London: Routledge
Lawrence, J. and Herrick, T. (2019) Supporting wellbeing in HE through the scholarship of teaching and learning. Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education. Available ahead of Print from
Lawrence, J. and Hall, G. (2019). Understanding the provision and perceived value of the academic and professional development practices of HE teachers in College Higher Education. Journal of Post-Compulsory Education. 23.4

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Fwd: St Mary's Festival of Learning & Teaching - 23 & 24 June 2020

The St Mary's Festival of Learning and Teaching takes place online on 23 and 24 June. Our focus will be on student co-creation, which in this time of rapid shifts to online learning is perhaps more important than ever. We will also be facilitating time for participants to come together through workshops, and in relaxed, informal spaces to discuss the challenges and opportunities that online learning offers for our institutions.

Click on the link below to find further information, submit a proposal and book your place:
Co-creating student success – developing inclusive partnerships. Hosted online by St Mary's University

Engage with us on Twitter using the hashtag #StMarysFLT2020

We look forward to seeing you there!


With very best wishes,


Laura Minogue
Senior Lecturer in Academic Practice
Centre for Teaching Excellence and Student Success
St Mary's University, Twickenham


Monday, 4 May 2020

Fwd: Transforming Assessment next webinar 6 May 'Online exam challenges' + recordings for 'contract cheating' and 'oral assessment online' [JISCmail]

Transforming Assessment webinar update
[Via JISCmail - this is not direct email - apologies for any cross posting]

1) Next session: 6 May 2020 Online exam challenges: migration or transformation?
This webinar presents research on the roles played by two main discourses in online exams practice in higher education: 'migration', whereby exam technologies are assumed to be neutral instruments; and 'transformation', whereby the essential qualities of technologies are seen to 'transform' or 'enhance' assessment.
Register (free) 
2) Resources and recordings for for COVID-19 adaption special double:
a) "Detecting and addressing contract cheating in online assessment" A/Prof Phill Dawson, Deakin University (held 29 Apr) 
b) "Authentic online oral assessment - an examination replacement" Danielle Logan, Popi Sotiriadou and Rae Jobst, Griffith University (held 30 Apr)
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, DVC Academic, University of Canberra and Dr Mathew Hillier, Digital Assessment expert, 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'), University of New South Wales, University of Canberra 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
Honorary Academic
The Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation
The University of Queensland, Australia
Transforming Assessment