Monday, 31 May 2021

Fwd: PHELC21 Symposium

Registration now open for 3rd Pedagogy for Higher Education Large Classes (PHELC) Symposium

25 June 2021

Dear Higher Education Colleagues,

We are writing to invite you to take part in the 3rd PHELC Symposium.  PHELC aims to support higher education teachers of large classes by providing an opportunity to share practice at events such as this and through publication of peer-reviewed practice papers.  

This year, registration for PHELC 21 is FREE and is accessible at this link up to 23 June.  Full programme can be accessed here

The PHELC symposium will take place on Friday 25 June from 11am - 3pm Irish/British Standard Time (equivalent international times below)

  • 10.00-14.00 (Universal Coordinated Time)
  • 11.00-15.00 (Irish/British Standard Time)
  • 12.00-16.00 (Central European Time)
  • 18.00-22.00 (Hong Kong Time)
  • 06.00-10.00 (Eastern Daylight Time)
  • 20.00-00.00 (Australian Eastern Std Time)
  • Please check equivalent time for your location at 
We are delighted to have two eminent keynote speakers who have kindly agreed to contribute to PHELC this year - Professor James Arvanitakis, University of Western Sydney and Professor David Hornsby, Carleton University, Ottawa.
In addition, we will have short paper presentations, lightning talks and panel discussions / Q&A. The latter part of the symposium will be workshop-based with attendees contributing some experiences of and suggestions for assessment, teaching and learning in the large class context both online and face-to-face. Individual papers will be made available online in the days immediately prior to the symposium.   Full symposium proceedings will be published in the weeks following the symposium and will include (a) all papers presented, (b) the outcomes of the workshop, and (c) the names of all attendees and their affiliated institutions.

We would be delighted and appreciative if you would share this email with colleagues in your own institutions and further afield.  

In addition, please follow @PHELCprofessors on Twitter for further updates.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Best wishes,

Ann Marie and Anna

PS - There will also be lots of spot prizes during the interval and at the end of the symposium!
Ann Marie Farrell l School of Inclusive and Special Education l DCU Institute of Education l Dublin City University l St. Patrick's Campus l Drumcondra D09 DY00 
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Recent Publications
Farrell, A.M., Buckley, K., Glynn, M., Lowney, R., Smyth, S., & Stone, S. (2021). Moving large classes online: Illuminating the experience of the sudden transition of large, face-to-face programmes to the online environment in Dublin City University, in response to the Covid-19 crisis. Dublin, Ireland: Dublin City University. 
Farrell, A.M. & Logan, A. (Eds). (2020, Virtual). Proceedings of the second PHELC symposium, Universitat Politècnica de València, 2 June 2020 Pedagogy for Higher Education Large Classes (pre-conference workshop HEAd '20).  DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3990001
Carty, A. & Farrell, A.M. (2018). Co-teaching in a mainstream post-primary mathematics classroom: an evaluation of models of co-teaching from the perspective of the teachers. Support for Learning, 33 (2):101-121. DOI:

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Tuesday, 25 May 2021

Fwd: FW: Change agents' network conference 2021 - reminder to register


A final reminder to join us for the 8th Change agents' network conference: Adapting to Change: Student-Centred Success which is taking place on the 1-4th June. This year, Keele University is hosting the conference which is taking place virtually. You can access the conference website from CAN 2021 - Keele University for details of the programme and you can book your tickets from KIITE - 2021 Change Agents Network (CAN) Conference | Keele University Online Store


The conference celebrates the role student – staff partnerships play in driving forward innovation in the curriculum. There are 36 live sessions from staff and students from further and higher education, running over the 4 days as well as a series of excellent keynotes which are outlined below:


Day 1 – 1st June:

Tom Lowe - Whose "Student Success" are we striving to achieve? Breaking our University bubbles to become partners in our Students' Success – Head of Student Engagement and Employability, University of Winchester.

Rafe Hallet – "Students as Digital Producers" – Dean of Education, Keele University.


Day 2 – 2nd June:

Paul Feldman – "The Digital Transformation of Higher Education Supercharged by The Pandemic" – Jisc CEO.

Graham Moore – Title To Be Confirmed. Founder of Humanutopia, Empowering Younge People to Make a Positive Change.


Day 3 -  3rd June:

Jennifer A Marie – "The Past, Present and Future: Being a Successful Change Agent in a Rapidly Changing World"

Catherine Chambers – "What happens next? Transforming the Learning Experience through Storytelling". Head of Digital Education, Keele University.


Day 4 – 4th June:

Kerry Pinny – "Shaping the Student Learning Experience" – Senior Academic Technologist, University of Warwick.

Monica Chavez - "We are the Champions: Trials, tribulations and successes of building a virtual community of practice." - Educational Developer, University of Liverpool and founder of TELFestNW


Each day has a keynote speaker in the morning and in the afternoon. Then there is a mixture of presentations and workshops running throughout the day. As well as this, each session will be recorded and uploaded later on so if you miss a session or would like to re-watch one, this will be possible too.


Further information on the Change agents' network is available from


We look forward to welcoming you to this exciting event,


Kind regards,




Sarah Knight

Head of learning and teaching transformation
HE Directorate

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Fwd: Calls for papers for the international Active Learning Conference - one week to go


Calls for papers for the international Active Learning Conference have opened and the submission deadline for Expressions of Interest is in one week on Tuesday 1 June 2021.


Our overarching theme for this year's conference is 'active and online'.


The Active Learning Conference seeks to engage academic practitioners, those researching active learning in HE, educational developers, leaders and managers across the world. Please save the dates from 2-5pm on 20 July 2021 for our masterclass sessions and the full day's conference on 21 July 2021.


Find out more:


Booking details will be available soon. Follow the conference using #ARUalc and #activelearningnetwork.


Best wishes,


Anglia Learning and Teaching/The Active Learning Network team







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Communications Officer


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Monday, 17 May 2021

Fwd: Virtual conference on ‘Improving assessment literacy and maintaining academic standards’ on 18 June.

 The Degree Standards project is running a virtual conference on 'Improving assessment literacy and maintaining academic standards' on 18 June. 

The event will focus on the maintenance of academic standards and in particular on the importance of academic literacy to all HE stakeholders (including governing bodies) and the calibration of academic standards within disciplines. Of particular interest will be

  • the independent evaluation of the professional development activity on individuals, institutions and the sector
  • the new model for calibration activity devised by the Degree Standards team
  • the opportunity to contribute ideas on the further professionalization of external examiners and the maintenance of academic standards
  • the chance to hear from Professor Andrew Wathey, Vice-Chancellor of Northumbria University and chair of the UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment, about next steps in maintaining academic standards in UK higher education.


You'd be very welcome to join us. You can register by following this link:


Dr. Geoff Stoakes

Special Adviser (Degree Standards)

Advance HE


Fwd: CONFERENCE REGISTRATION OPEN! New Frontiers in Higher Education Teaching and Learning: Strategy and Planning for the Digital Learning Age - Wednesday, 16th June 2021


Registration is now open! 

There is now just over a month to go until Middlesex University Dubai Online Teaching and Learning Conference 2021.  

Hear from fellow HE educators sharing their innovative teaching and learning practices, participate in the interactive keynotes with Q&A, network with your international community, and leave confident with the know-how to implement strategies to foster and encourage active effective learning. 


Keynote Speakers 

Professor Ben Brabon 


Academic Lead on Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Advance – HE 


Ben is Senior Associate at Advance HE with over 18 years of experience as an academic, manager and adviser.   


Ben was Director of Learning and Teaching and Professor in the Centre for Management Education at the University of Surrey. He has also worked for Advance HE and the Higher Education Academy as Senior Adviser and Academic Lead for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences – with responsibility for 32 subject areas.  


Ben has led over 20 national/international projects, working with over 40 Universities globally, as well as government and sector agencies. With 5 books and over 40 papers to his name, he is recognised internationally as a pioneer of open online learning – as the convenor of the UK's first undergraduate credit-bearing MOOC. Ben has worked with the UK's Quality Assurance Agency, British Academy, British Council, the UK's Department for Education, Swedish Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Education in Brussels.   


Employability and skills development are at the core of Ben's work, and he led Advance HE's national research project on Building Higher Education Curricula Fit for the Future (2018) which examined the connections between the UK's Industrial Strategy, 4IR and curriculum development in HEIs across the UK.  


Ben is descried by the former Universities Minister, David Willetts, in his book A University Education as an "entrepreneurial educator." 


Dr. Emily McIntosh 


Director of Learning, Teaching and Student Experience, Middlesex University, London   

Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA) I Vice Chair (Research), Trustee and Board Member UKAT 


Emily is an HE Director with over 15 years' experience in learning and teaching, student support and services, student experience, student opportunity and learning development roles. She is currently Director of Learning, Teaching and Student Experience at Middlesex University, London. She is Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA) and Vice Chair, Trustee and Board Member of UKAT (UK Advising and Tutoring) and also Chair of the UKAT Research Committee. 


Emily has worked in a number of institutions, leading strategic change, across Faculties, Schools and Directorates. She has expertise in leading, developing and implementing student-centred strategy, policy and operational change across the whole student lifecycle (prospect to alumnus). She currently leads on a number of cross-institutional learning, teaching and student experience initiatives. Her research interests include student retention, transition, personal/academic tutoring and advising, student resilience, student learning development and peer learning. 


Emily has been a keynote and invited speaker at several national and international conferences. She recently (2018) co-authored a monograph on Effective Personal Tutoring in Higher Education and has published a number of research articles and reports related to her research interests. She is an editorial board member of NACADA, the Global Community for Academic Advising. She also sits on the Advisory Board of the NACADA Research Centre which is based at Kansas State University. She is also the community coordinator of the European First Year Experience (EFYE) Network. 


For more information: 


Call for questions… The keynote sessions will combine a micro-lecture with interaction and Q&A. To customise the sessions to our delegates individual needs, we request for questions to be submitted before the conference via this link (link to question jot form). There will of course be opportunities to interact live during the key notes.  



The up-to-date programme and schedule for Teaching and Learning Conference 2021 will be made available in June 2021. 

10:00 GST - 15:00 GST 

Details coming soon  

Booking Information 

Delegate registration closes on Thursday, 3rd June 2021 

Presenters should register by Thursday, 3rd June 2021. 

Registration is free but you will need to book your place through the TLC2021 conference website: 



Laura Barber 

Assistant Library Manager – Information Literacy 

t. +971 (0)4 367 8124 




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Friday, 14 May 2021

Fwd: INIP online conference: 21st - 25th June. Inclusive teaching and learning in higher education : theory and practice

The International Network of Inclusive Practice is pleased to invite you to our online conference which is hosted in association with the Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning and the Disability Resource Centre, University of Cambridge.


Inclusive teaching and learning in higher education : theory and practice 


Monday 21st – Friday 25th June 2021 

You can register for the event through our Eventbrite page:  Inclusive teaching and learning in higher education : theory and practice Tickets, Mon 21 Jun 2021 at 12:30 | Eventbrite 


As higher education strives to close the gap on student outcomes for groups of marginalised learners our conference aims to discuss how institutions can provide coherent approaches to increasing diversity in the classroom. In many cases, higher education providers adhere to a traditional delivery model which is aimed at a one size fits all idea of teaching and learning. However, such approaches often rely on individualised models of student support and expectations that adjustments to teaching are negotiated settlements between students and academic staff. Approaches such as universal design for learning offer a way forward in which institutional barriers in learning contexts are removed from the provider side of the equation.  This conference gives delegates the opportunity to hear a range of perspectives on delivering inclusive teaching and learning and provides networking for colleagues from across the sector, nationally and internationally.

Please find attached a draft programme.  



Mike Wray  BSc, MSc, PhD

HE Consultant

Wray, M. (2021) Additional support services and the utilisation of teaching assistants in university settings: dissuading inclusive practice or improving academic outcomes? Support for Learning, 36, 1, 102 - 115. Open Access



Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Fwd: Event - 15 June - QAA Collaborative Cluster - Diagnostics and personalisation


15th June 2021: 1400-1600 (Virtual event)

Standard approaches to university admission see students meet the criteria for acceptance and then receive a standardised cohort experience through their induction and initial learning journey.  However, as a sector, we are well aware that students enter our universities with a diverse range of confidence, abilities and skills. Effective support and development structures that accommodate this diversity are vital this year, when most students entering University in 2021 will have had 18 months of a disrupted school or college experience. This workshop will suggest that the use of diagnostic testing within an integrated development process can provide a personalised solution for students and early indicators for curriculum teams.

This workshop and debate builds on the exploratory work of the QAA Scotland Collaborative Cluster exploring Personalised Approaches to Resilience and Community (PARC). During the workshop you will:
•       hear about the initial rationale for development of student diagnostic testing, the models that support that approach and pilot activities that are being developed across Scottish and English Universities.   
•       Debate the potential impacts of a PARC approach on macro (institutional), meso (school or faculty) and micro (programme/module/student) levels.; informed by three brief papers produced by the cluster/project partners
•       help shape a community of practice in this space and guide us as we take the initial steps into exploring the value (and piloting) of this diagnostic approach, better understand the strengths of our students, and help them develop the confidence to succeed within new blended learning spaces.

To book on to this event through eventbrite please click the link below:

PARC project partners are Abertay, Birmingham City, Dublin City, Glasgow Caledonian, UHI and Warwick Universities.

Thanks for your time

Luke Millard
Dean of Teaching and Learning,
Abertay University.

Fwd: two open discussions hosted by UEL with UoK, LSC, UCL & Goldsmiths University

Apologies for cross-posting

With hubub there are no rushed answers. No hoping to hear your question being answered at the end of the presentation. You simply watch the interview and converse / ask questions of the presenters in real time.


First Live discussion (using hubub platform) on 26/05/2021 from 1pm to 2pm

Title  Debating the 'meaning' of communities of practice in higher education. Through sharing, discussion and networking

With Dr Jo Collins,  Graduate & Researcher College, University of Kent and Dr Nicole Brown  Department of Culture, Communication and Media.  UCL Institute of Education

In conversation with Dr Julia Hope, Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Kent

There is a growing recognition that valuable learning often takes place informally, through conversations, social interactions, and projects – a Community of Practice. We consider that the Community of Practice promises to galvanise knowledge sharing, learning and change radically.

We reflect on how an understanding of what this might mean is shaped by the institutional spaces the communities operate within and community members themselves. We discuss how connectivity is expressed with particular emphasis on the role of the community facilitator for building trust and cooperation, enabling conversations to become active collaboration and co-production. To get a flavour of what's to come, listen to our introduction and book into our event using

Discussed is Collins, J., Brown, N. & Leigh, J. (2021). Resources Toolkit: Supporting international postgraduate teaching assistants:


2nd Live discussion (using hubub platform) on 28/05/2021 from 2pm to 3.30pm

Title:  Debating the power of restorative practices for the Higher Education sector.

With Dr Elaine Yerby, Dr Emma Davies and Rebecca Page-Tickell PFHEA

In conversation with Dr Gabriella Buttarazzi, Centre of Excellence for Learning and Teaching at the University of East London

There is a strong evidence base of the need to recognise the powerful skills that lie behind conflict resolution, the importance of understanding triggers and of the benefits of learning how to manage conflict in all its different guises. In this discussion, restorative practices are posited as 'teachable' skills and framed as the empowerment tools that can enable Higher Education Institutions to move beyond current traditions that rely on rigid and strict investigational procedures and punitive disciplinaries that seek to blame and punish individuals. To get a flavour of what's to come, listen to our introduction and book into our event using



Kindest regards

Tracy Part


Dr Tracy Part


Academic Developer

CREST manager

Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT)

DL 4.04, Docklands Campus, University Way, London E16 2RD 

T: +44 (0)20 8223 3308


Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Fwd: Call for papers - St Mary's University Festival of Learning & Teaching

St Mary's University Festival of Learning & Teaching 


Two weeks to go! The deadline for the call for papers is Monday 24th May at 12pm.


Our theme for 2021 is 'expertise'. The St Mary's Festival of Learning & Teaching is taking place on Zoom on 24th and 25 June 2021.    

All details here including how to register and submit an abstract: 


Academic Development Team 




Laura Minogue SFHEA, CeP (ALDinHE)

Senior Lecturer in Academic Practice

Course Lead, PgCert in Academic Practice and HEA Fellowships Programme

Centre for Teaching Excellence & Student Success (CTESS)

St Mary's University

Waldegrave Road





Blog about becoming Senior Fellow of the HEA…


Fwd: HEIR Network Conference September 2021- Inclusive Institutional Research- Call for Papers/ Registration Open


The University of St Andrews will be hosting the 2021 Higher Education Institutional Research (HEIR) network conference, running 22nd-24th September. The theme of the conference is 'Inclusive Institutional Research' and we will be exploring all aspects of inclusivity, under four broad themes: building an inclusive student experience; evidencing inclusive policies and practices; developing an inclusive institutional culture; and supporting best practice in learning, teaching, analytics and student experience.


Registration for the conference is now live and a call for papers is available until 12 June.  There will be no fee associated with the conference this year.


Please share with other colleagues or networks who may be interested.


Best wishes



On behalf of the HEIR Conference Organising Committee  


Dr Eilidh Harris

Educational and Student Developer


CEED (Centre for Educational Enhancement and Development)

Hebdomadar's Block, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, KY16 9AJ.