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Friday, 16 March 2012


EVENTS - OER Workshop and Seminar Series
Various institutions
Between 10 April and 5 July           

The HEA/JISC OER workshop and seminars series has the following aims: to enable institutions to disseminate findings from discipline-specific OER projects and/or practice, or evidence-informed policy; to facilitate the sharing of policy, practice and evidence, within and across disciplines;
to promote critical discussion in relation to the release, use and reuse of OER in relation to all academic disciplines.
EVENT - Academic Development for the Digital University
The 11th SEDA Summer School for Academic Developers
Cumberland Lodge, Windsor
9 - 11 July 2012

This SEDA Summer School is intended for colleagues, whether new or experienced in academic development, who see as part of their role helping their institution to increase and enhance the appropriate use of digital technologies. The Summer School is not primarily about the technologies themselves. Rather it is about the good and critical uses of digital technologies in academic development to support the increasingly digital University.

NB JISC is offering 12 scholarship places for the SEDA Summer School. Each will pay £400 towards the cost of attending the event (full price £795). These scholarships are open to members of any institution normally eligible to receive JISC funding.  The deadline for scholarship applications is 30 April.
For further information please contact office@seda.ac.uk or Paul Bailey p.bailey@jisc.ac.uk
CALL – for invitations to tender: Four new pieces of HEA research

Deadline for submissions: 2 April 2012

The HEA are inviting tenders for four major new research projects:

  • Behavioural approaches to understanding student choice, (in collaboration with the National Union of Students). Total funding of up to £40,000 is available.
  • Leading the student experience: Academics and professional services in partnership (in collaboration with the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education). Total funding of up to £40,000 is available.
  • Review of the HEA’s Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey. Total funding of up to £17,000 is available.
  • Impact of teaching development programmes. Total funding of up to £20,000 is available.
For more information
CALL – for proposals for HEA’S Internationalisation Change Programme

Deadline for proposals: 16 April 2012

The Internationalisation Change Programme is a new programme from the Higher Education Academy that has been designed to help institutions develop a culture of internationalisation at all levels of practice. The focus of the programme is on enhancing the quality of learning and teaching experiences for all students, both home and international.
For more information
NEWS –  NUS report Student Experience Research 2012 published

The NUS Student Experience Report has been published; it provides a real insight into the student learning and teaching experience. The NUS worked with the QAA to produce this research and they hope that it will be used by students’ unions, institutions and government to drive changes and improvements in higher education.
NEWS – revised HEA guide to pedagogy for employability published

The popular publication has been revised with the practitioner in mind. It will be particularly useful for those teaching in the classroom and those engaging with policy and student interactions in other ways, such as careers guidance and learning development workers.
The guide includes case studies of learning and teaching that support the development of student employability, whether in the classroom, through distance and part-time learning, or through extra-curricular activities. There is also a focus on the curriculum and learning and teaching practice.
For more information 

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