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Friday, 10 February 2012


CALL – for papers to Surveys for Enhancement Conference
Using student surveys to enhance the student learning experience
National College for School Leadership, Nottingham
17 May 2012

Deadline for contributions: 12 March 2012

This conference, hosted by the Higher Education Academy, will present research and practice on the use of student surveys for quality enhancement. Sessions will include invited speakers, parallel presentations and a panel discussion. The event will bring together a broad range of people interested in using student experience data to enhance policy, practice and institutional strategies, including senior management with strategic learning & teaching roles, educational developers and lecturers at the chalk face.

Contributions are sought for presentations and workshop sessions on any issue relating to the use of student survey data for quality enhancement.
EVENT – webinair from 'Disciplinary Thinking' OER Project
The webinar will be accessible from: http://go.bath.ac.uk/brnl
24 February 2012 at 12:30 - 13:30

The HEA/JISC-funded project 'Disciplinary Thinking' (aka Academic Practice in Context: OERs  for Exploring Discipline-based Learning & Teaching) will be hosting this webinar. It will provide a broad overview of recent projects on Open Educational Resources (OERs) within educational development in UK HE and will outline the materials being created by 'Disciplinary Thinking'.

They are keen to encourage participation in the development of these materials through piloting or review by colleagues. Draft materials will be made available on their blogsite which will also be used as the key link to the final resources (available through a Creative Commons licence).
EVENTS - 3 x Scholarly Activity Workshops
City & Islington College, London
2 March 2012

Bradford College
30 March 2012

Warwickshire College
30 May 2012  

Research and scholarly activity play an integral role in the emerging HE ethos in FE colleges.  IQER, HE strategies and FDAP has led to a greater emphasis been placed upon the opportunities for staff to engage with scholarly activity.  

Through a series of practical activities, guest speakers and case studies, these workshops will collectively consider the contribution research can make to the college environment, particularly in terms of enhancing practice and policy. For more information about each workshop use the links above.
EVENT - Sustaining OER Activity
The Open University, Milton Keynes
8 March 2012

This interactive workshop forms part of the activities around Open Education Week.  Presenters will offer perspectives on how the Open Educational Resource (OER) projects they’ve been involved in have sustained their activities, and the internal and external influences have played a part in this.  The presentations will be followed by an opportunity for delegates to participate in the ongoing discussions around how to sustain OER by working in groups to discuss key questions on OER and sustainability.
For more information
EVENT - 9th ALDinHE Conference: 
"Learning Development in a digital age: emerging literacies and learning spaces"
University of Leeds
2 - 4 April 2012

Across the Learning Development community there is significant interest in the implications of an increasingly digital learning environment and its impact on the learning experience. The 9th Association for Learning Development in Higher Education (ALDinHE) conference is an exciting opportunity to consider how we operate in a digital age.
EVENT - SEDA Workshop - Orientation for new academic and learning support staff
Beyond Health and Safety and Fire Awareness Training!   
Sheffield Hallam University
12 April 2012
This workshop will explore the needs of academics and learning support staff when joining a new higher education institution. The workshop will consider strategies for providing timely information and support building on best practice and using lessons learnt from student orientation.
For more information
EVENT - Higher Education, Further Education & Skills Conference
Central London
17 May 2012

This conference will provide attendees with a forum for discussion on the key issues surrounding these vital sectors. Some of the issues to be discussed include; FE, HE & Skills reform, investment in apprenticeships, the importance of community skills, widening participation, tackling NEET issues, student funding and loans and the opportunity for higher and further education institutions to increase social mobility.
For more information
EVENT - SEDA Spring Teaching Learning and Assessment Conference 2012
‘The Student Journey’
Queen Hotel, Chester
17 - 18 May 2012

This year’s SEDA Conference themes include: 
Student transition; Engaging students in their learning design and / or assessment; Students as researchers; The student voice in staff professional development; Preparing students for work.

The conference will be of particular interest to all those involved in promoting effective change in HE and FE learning, teaching and development.
EVENT - New Perspectives on Feedback
ASKe Feedback Event 2012
Oxford Brookes University, Wheatley Campus
28 June 2012

Feedback continues to disappoint students in higher education and this seems likely to intensify with the new fees regime. However, improvement in feedback practices remains largely elusive especially in an environment with finite resources. Institutions and their staff are being challenged to find the solution to a complex problem.

This one day Assessment Standards Knowledge exchange (ASKe) event aims to support those grappling with this problem by bringing together expertise in research, innovative approaches and the student voice in order to generate debate, analysis and ideas to take away. There will be contributions from researchers, the HEA and the NUS.

It will appeal to leaders with responsibility for driving feedback improvement in institutions, departments and programmes as well as practitioners and student representatives seeking to improve feedback practices.  

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