Friday, 19 February 2021

Fwd: Becoming Well Read 2021: Academic Reading Symposium Invitation

Dear Colleagues, 


I hope you can join us at Keele to explore academic reading practices, reflect on the challenges of teaching reading for academic purposes and to share innovative strategies at our annual academic reading symposium. 

Registration for Becoming Well Read is open! 

Date: March 31st 2021 

Location: MS Teams

For the full programme and to register, please visit the conference webpage 



Following 2019's highly successful event, and picking up where we left off so abruptly in 2020, the second symposium will continue to explore this vital but often overlooked aspect of academic literacy/ies. It would be valuable to anyone whose central focus is educational, learning or academic development, and to academic teaching staff who are looking for new ways of supporting their students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. 

There is also an opportunity to submit a late contribution on the topic of digital reading, which I hope you will consider if the last twelve months have provided inspirations and challenges you would like to share.


Look forward to seeing you at this year's event.  


Best regards,


Angela Rhead (she/her), SFHEA
Senior Curriculum Developer
Curriculum Design and Development | Keele Institute for Innovation and Teaching Excellence  01782 734093

Rhead, A. (2019) "The trouble with academic reading: exposing hidden threshold concepts through academic reading retreats", Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education. Plymouth, UK, 0(15). Available at:

Guest Editor: Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice 2020: Becoming Well Read: Charting the complexities of academic reading and navigating the reading journeys of undergraduate and postgraduate students. View special edition here:

Thursday, 18 February 2021

Fwd: BOOKINGS OPEN: SEDA Spring Conference 2021

SEDA presents: The SEDA Spring Conference 2021

SEDA will be holding its Spring Conference online across 2 days on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th May 2021. Opening with keynote, David Kernohan from Wonkhe, this conference will provide opportunities to reflect, discuss and share lessons learned from the teaching approaches adopted during this academic year and discuss their implications, potential application and potential for further development. Some commentators argued that the 2020 crisis gave us unique opportunities to both 'transform' higher education and enhance our contribution to the broader society, e.g. the article by Fernando M. Reimers – 'Universities can be midwife to an education renaissance' (THE, 9/7/20). This event will allow us to explore how realistic these aspirations are and examine the most likely consequences of post-pandemic educational change.


The cost to attend the conference will be: £75 for SEDA Individual members/Institutional Members* & undergraduate students and £145 for non-members.


Please click her to book the conference


*Maximum of 5 people can book from each SEDA Member Institution

Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Fwd: Invitation: Embedding partnership in learning and teaching


We are excited to announce the second of our Students as Co-Creators seminar series! Please feel warmly welcomed to register for our Embedding partnership in learning and teaching seminar with Dr Tanya Lubicz-Nawrocka on Wednesday 24th February 2-3:30 pm.  


In this seminar, Tanya will share her research on embedding partnership working in learning and teaching through curriculum co-creation. Tanya will focus on how co-creation can provide a process-oriented way of working that develops the ethos and culture of learning environments as a way to embed partnerships in what we do, and she will provide examples from practice to stimulate thinking and discussion. Tanya will be joined by Dr Rumy Begum, Senior Lecturer, Nutrition & Exercise Science, University of Westminster and Nishat Tasim, Biomedical Sciences student at Westminster, and a Students as Co-Creators Ambassador.  

To register: 

To learn about the other seminars of our series, please visit: here 

Please feel welcome to circulate this event within your networks. We look forward to welcoming you on the 24th!  

Warmest regards,  

Fatima Maatwk

Dr Fatima Maatwk

Student Partnership Lecturer 

Centre for Education and Teaching Innovation


Organisations, Economy, and Society

University of Westminster 

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London, United Kingdom, W1B 2HW



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Fwd: EDTA Speakeasy March 25th 2021 - Fake News/ Real Deal Open Mic


We would love you to join us for our third EDTA Speakeasy - it's going to be a little different this time - see below. Do come.


Please register with - the Zoom link will follow nearer the time.


Here's the link to EDTA -


You may need to scroll to the right to see the full details.


Celia and Fiona




Fwd: Generation Z in Higher Education Conference is back! Registration opens in one week!


We hope you are well and that you are having a great week so far! It's been a wet week so far so hopefully the below will brighten your day!


It is our pleasure to announce that the Generation Z in Higher Education Conference will now be coming to you as a free online event, taking place on 9 June 2021. 


This conference will discuss pedagogical considerations for and with Generation Z, which considers their beliefs and motivations so we may appropriately support them through and beyond Higher Education. 


Registration to the conference will open next week on 24 February 2021 and close on 19 May 2021!


We hope to release a final programme soon so watch this space! In the meantime, we are thrilled to announce our confirmed keynote speakers for the event: 


Opening Keynote – C(ompassion) O(riginality) R(esponsibility) E(mpathy) Skills for ALL Students. 

Scott Hayden – Creative Media Lecturer/Digital Innovation Specialist (Basingstoke College of Technology) 


Sky Caves – Learning Technologist (Basingstoke College of Technology) 


Closing Keynote – Representing Generation Z in Higher Education. 

Megan Ball – President 2019-2021 (Winchester Student Union) 


Victoria Hurley – Vice-President, Education and Welfare 2019-2021 (Winchester Student Union)


Ellen O'Dwyer – Vice-President, Activities 2019-2021 (Winchester Student Union) 



If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at: 


We look forward to hosting this event soon and please do spread the word to your colleagues! #GenZConf21 


All the best and kind regards, 


Maisha, on behalf of the Gen Z Conference Committee team. 



Maisha Islam AFHEA

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Student Engagement Research and Projects Officer

MA/PgCert Student Engagement in Higher Education Programme Administrator

Centre for Student Engagement



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Fwd: CDE Webinar, 4 March 2021, Approaches to Inclusive Online Practices


We are pleased to announce the next webinar in our monthly Experiences in Digital Learning series:


Approaches to Inclusive Online Practices.


Thursday 4 March 2021, 14.00 – 15.00 GMT


Chaired by Linda Amrane-Cooper, our panel will reflect on the rapid innovations and changes we are seeing in digital learning, teaching and assessment:


Virna Rossi (Ravensbourne University London) will discuss how using Universal Design for Learning principles and practices can help elicit more meaningful feedback from students. Maha Bali (American University in Cairo) will focus on facilitating dialogue with intentionally equitable hospitality, and El Spaeth (University of Glasgow) will discuss how neurodivergent students may experience online learning and what we can do to facilitate positive learning and teaching environments that embrace neurodiversity.


Register for the webinar


The monthly Experiences in Digital Learning webinars provide a platform for exploration, exchange and learning from the innovation and development taking place in digital learning in a time of Pandemic. Previous webinar reports and recordings can be accessed on our website. Topics have included digital assessment, learning design and synchronous online teaching.  


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Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Fwd: 23- 24 February 2021- QAA Quality Insights Conference- Engaging students and connecting curricular in a digital future

Hi SEDA colleagues,

I would like to flag up that we have opened the booking for QAA Quality Insights Conference – Engaging Students and Connecting Curricular in a Digital Future<> which is free of charge and open to all staff and students from QAA Members institutions who have taken the Quality Insights enhancement package this year. We currently have 171 HE providers across the UK who are Quality Insights members. If your institution is not on the list when trying to register and you would be interested to find out more about the Quality Insights package, please don't hesitate to contact<>

The conference is taking place digitally at 10.15-13.45 on Tuesday 23 February 2021 and 13.00-16.45 on Wednesday 24 February.

This conference provides an opportunity for you to hear about ideas and practice from around the UK and across the world.

We will explore the post-pandemic future of higher education through keynotes, panel discussions and breakout sessions, focusing on three themes:

·       The Connected Curriculum which will explore making micro-credentials work (Prof. Beverley Oliver), identifying and evaluating what counts in HE where there are few metrics (Prof. Elizabeth Cleaver), humanising digital pedagogy (Sean Michael Morris), and modular qualifications and connected curricula (Prof. Sue Reece).

·       Student engagement and digital education which focuses on designing for the PGR student experience (Kabir Ganguly, Helen Brown and Sarah Montano), digital wellbeing and active learning (John Sumpter), student engagement in a digital world (Dr Camille B Kandiko), and student engagement and co-creation of the digital experience (Dr Cathy Bovill).

·       The future of digital pedagogies which considers the future of digital learning (Prof. David Carless) and hybrid and digital learning (Dr Brian J Beatty), social media and academic hierarchies (Dr Mark Carrigan), and a manifesto for teaching online (Prof. Sian Bayne).

We are delighted to welcome as keynote speakers Professor Beverley Oliver, Australian National Teaching Fellow, who will explore the design and quality assurance of micro-credentials on day one of the conference, and Professor David Carless, Professor of Educational Assessment, University of Hong Kong, who will focus on assessment and digital pedagogies on day two. You can join in the conversation by attending breakouts following each of the keynotes, where our speakers will be pleased to answer any of your questions and explore the topics further.

Not to be missed are the two panel sessions which will consider:

·       The future of the NSS and engagement with the student voice - with Prof. Cathy Bovill, Hillary Gyebi-Ababio, David Kernahon, and Prof. Karl Leydeker

·       Learning beyond the lecture hall: future challenges and opportunities - with Dr Brian J Beatty, Dr Camille Kandiko Howson, and Sean Michael Morris.

Full details of the programme and the speakers<> is available on our event booking site.

This event will be of interest to a wide range of staff and students including: 

·       PVCs and senior academic policymakers

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How to book

To register to attend the conference- click here

We hope to see you soon,

Best wishes,

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Fwd: Transforming Assessment webinars: 17 Feb "Authentic Assessment in Business Education" [jiscmail]

Transforming Assessment webinar update
[This email is via JISCmail - apologies for any cross posting - see further info at the end.]
Transforming Assessment events are free to the community.
1. Upcoming sessions 17 Feb and 3 Mar.
2. Previous session recording for "Enabling student agency in assessment and feedback" (held 3 Feb)
3. Other relevant events.


1) Upcoming Transforming Assessment sessions:

17 Feb 2021 "Authentic Assessment in Business Education - a panacea for a hybrid teaching world?"
This panel session is jointly presented by Transforming Assessment and the Business Education SIG (ASCILITE).
Join a panel of International Business Educators as they explore why, when looking for rationalisation and cost savings, increased student engagement, the development of transversal skills and protection from contract cheating, authentic assessment design in Business programs that assures learning and meets rigorous accreditation requirements has become the focus of considerable attention during the pivot to hybrid and online learning. The session will also be of interest to educators in other discipline areas facing similar challenges and objectives.
Note the start time of 0800 universal time and 1.5 hour duration (8am UK/IE, 4pm SG/HK, 7pm SYD/MEL).
Further info and register:

3 March 2021 "Student agency and confidence in assessment"
Simon McCallum, (32Stylus, New Zealand; Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway)
In this presentation, Dr McCallum will discuss the various approaches he has taken over 20 years to the challenge of engaging students. Drawing on his research in Game Development and player-focused approaches to creating experiences, he discusses agency, competence, and relatedness as psychological motivators and how assessment can support engagement. How the narrative description of assessment is as important as the mathematical correctness. Topics covered will include: confidence-based assessment, student selected rubric weighting, peer assessment, multichoice systems, online exams, and digital supported assessment.
Note the start time of 0700 universal time and 1 hour duration (7am UK/IE, 3pm SG/HK, 6pm SYD/MEL).
Further info and register:

2) Previous Transforming Assessment session recording for "Enabling student agency in assessment and feedback" (held 3 Feb 2021)

A joint panel session with the Assessment in Higher Education Network (UK).
Session chair: Fabio Arico (University of East Anglia, UK)
Presentation 1: "Finally studying for myself! Promoting student agency through self-assessment" Juuso Nieminen (University of Eastern Finland, Finland)
Presentation 2: "Thinking differently about satisfaction with assessment and feedback" Rachel Forsyth (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)
View the recording and obtain resources via

3) Other relevant events by other groups...
11 Feb 2021: Discussing the British Council's corporate response to Covid 19 and future implications for our work in exams. Further details and rego link via
24 Feb 2021: Online Q&A Coffee break "How to create better exams" hosted by Inspera assessment. Further details and reg at

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, e-assessment academic at Macquarie 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'), Macquarie University and University of Canberra. The views expressed in this publication/activity do not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsoring institutions.
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Mathew Hillier
e-Assessment Academic
Macquarie University
Sydney, Australia
Transforming Assessment

Tuesday, 2 February 2021

Fwd: Call World Education Conference 2021 - USA, Pakistan, South Africa and Germany

All, this call should be of interest. Routledge with various universities:




Recent events across the world of academia have brought online education and research into full light. As universities, schools and colleges closed across the world in 2020, researchers, teachers and students scrambled to adapt to a new reality. This conference seeks to explore how we are responding, what we've learnt, and how we are developing new teaching methods.



A conference organized as part of the Teaching and Research Initiative of Routledge and AMPS,

Place: Virtual
Dates: 21-23 April, 2021
Abstracts: 05 March, 2020  (Round Two)


PUBLISHERS: Routledge | UCL Press

FORMATS: Pre-recorded presentations, Lightening Talks, Zoom, written papers

Previous pre-recorded presentations:



This conference welcomes presentations from researchers and teachers on how they operate in the 'online classroom, studio or lab' and how they function 'in the field' using the new technologies available to them. It welcomes papers on:

-emergency remote responses to the 'online switch' produced by the Coronavirus;
-techniques for teaching traditionally 'physical' activities like prototyping online;
-technologies that facilitate real-time discussion on designed objects, buildings and places;
-the potential shifts in student demographics initiated by online education;
-how internationalization in the Higher Education sector will be affected by 'place free' universities;
-how place-focused disciplines such as geography and urban planning can respond to the 'impossibility' of place bound study;
-how do study tours get replaced by virtual tours in disciplines like art history…. and more.


Submit an abstract: