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Friday, 17 February 2012


CALL – for papers for #DIGCULT12
Theory, Context and the Internet
University of Salford, MediaCity
13-14 June 2012

Deadline for abstracts: 7 March 2012

This is the first Digital Cultures Conference and it will draw on the success of the 2008-2010 Digital Cultures workshops. In a world of virtual communication and social media, it can be argued that we face challenges regarding the theorization and contextualisation of Internet mediated activity. The organizers see this conference as an outlet for digital media, ICT and technology related research that may not readily sit within conventional disciplinary areas.
CALL – for papers for Improving Student Learning through research and scholarship
20th Improving Student Learning Symposium hosted by the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development (OCSLD)
Lund University, Lund, Sweden
29 - 31 August 2012

Deadline for submissions: 31 March 2012

The major aim of the Symposium is to provide a forum which brings together those who are primarily researchers into learning in higher education and those who are primarily practitioners concerned more pragmatically with improving their practice, and encourages the sharing of scholarly work and collaborative discussion. But from whichever starting point, papers are only accepted if they take a sufficiently scholarly, research-based approach.
EVENT - Getting started with ebooks
JISC Digital Media Online Surgery
22 February 2012 at 1.00pm

This free, one-hour online session will appeal to anyone who is curious about the potential of ebooks. It will highlight the opportunities available for using ebooks in education and provide an overview of the current ebook landscape, focusing on the benefits, implications of use and how to get started with ebooks.
EVENT - New models for education and training built on Open Educational Resources
The OU, Milton Keynes, UNED Madrid and online
22 February 2012  

This day workshop will explore how Open Educational Resources are stimulating new open educational practices and supporting new models in both education and training.  It provides a chance to hear about pioneering practices in Spain, Portugal and the UK, and it will explore some of the “big ideas” in open education such as the OER University and Open Badges.

The workshop is being run jointly by SCORE at the Open University and UNED in Madrid and is adopting an innovative format with audiences gathering physically in the two locations with additional participants joining online.
EVENT - Degrees for the Future: A New Way of Providing Higher Education
Westminster, London
2 May 2012

Overhauling the current criteria for degree-awarding powers (DAP) is an essential component of the Government’s vision for higher education. In combination with recent changes to student number controls, the reforms have the potential to radically alter the way in which higher education is provided. 
EVENT – PASS Conference 
Assessment Strategies: The way forward
Norcroft Conference Centre, University of Bradford
24 - 25 July 2012

This conference is the Programme Assessment Strategies (PASS) Project end-of-project event. The project was funded by the HE Academy's NTFS project strand. The PASS team will present project outcomes and evidence, which supports their contention that programme-focused assessment can alleviate or resolve many of the issues associated with conventional assessment and feedback practices across HE.
NEWS – SEDA Special 31 published
Putting the ‘S’ into ED – Education for Sustainable Development in Educational Development
Edited by Debby Cotton, Stephen Sterling, Vivian Neal and Jennie Winter

This SEDA Special is targeted at the educational development community, sustainability co-ordinators or others seeking whole-institution change around sustainability.

SEDA Specials is a series of relatively short monographs on up-to-the-minute topics in higher education, bringing the distilled experience and opinions of leading practitioners in a form that is designed to facilitate easy assimilation by hard-pressed staff. All SEDA Specials are directed at new or relatively inexperienced lecturers - though experienced lecturers will also find many new ideas and approaches among the more familiar.

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