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Friday, 8 June 2012

GENERAL NEWS - from HE

EVENT - Supporting Student Learning Conference 2012
11th Annual Learning and Teaching Conference
University of Worcester
19 June 2012

The themes for this year’s conference are supporting and enhancing student learning through shared reflection and research.  The keynote speakers this year are: George McDonald Ross , University of Leeds:
What is a Lecture For? and Paul Ashwin, Lancaster University:
 Researching Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
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EVENT - HEFCE Project Conference
“Quality Assurance, Enhancement and Education for Sustainable Development: Creating a Framework for Dialogue” 
Aston University
2nd July 2012

This national conference is geared to a new area of educational practice and quality enhancement. The conference creates a framework for dialogue, between those involved in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), who wish to develop strategic enhancement approaches, and those working in quality assurance and enhancement, with an interest in the ways that contemporary educational agendas can inform quality systems. 
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EVENT - Improving Student Learning symposium 2012
Improving student learning through research and scholarship: 
20 years of ISL
Lund University, Sweden
29 - 31 August 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.
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CALL – for papers to Mobile Learning and Creativity Workshop
Part of the EC-TEL Conference 2012
19 September 2012

Deadline for submissions: 18 June 2012

This is a full-day workshop devoted to sharing and designing innovative approaches and solutions aimed fostering creative learning with mobile technologies such as iPads, smartphones or other online surf plates". They invite students, educators, instructional designers, teachers, researchers, practitioners and developers to share and create innovative, creative mobile learning scenarios and applications utilizing multiple perspectives and collective intelligence of the participants.
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CALL – for papers to PESTLEHE Journal

Deadline for submissions: 15 July 2012

Papers now being accepted for the October 2012 issue of Practice and Evidence of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. This journal offers an opportunity for those involved in University learning and teaching to disseminate their practice. It aims to publish accounts of scholarly practice that report on small-scale practitioner research and case studies of practice that involve reflection, critique, implications for future practice and are informed by relevant literature, with a focus on enhancement of student learning. This publication thus offers a forum to develop and share scholarly informed practice in Higher Education through either works in progress or more detailed accounts of scholarly practice. There will be opportunities for discussions/comments regarding works in progress to be shared with journal readers on the journal site. The journal is published twice a year (April and October).
For more information
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CALL – for comments on UK Quality Code for Higher education, Chapter B3: Learning and teaching

Deadline for responses: 25 July 2012

Effective learning and teaching requires a partnership between learner and teacher. The focus of this Chapter of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education is on the design and delivery of learning and teaching activities in all their forms, which enable students to become active and independent learners, and the role of staff who teach or otherwise support learning, whether on a higher education provider's campus or elsewhere. The Chapter is concerned with the provision of learning opportunities for all students irrespective of the level or discipline of study, the mode of study, the location of study and the means of delivery.

The QAA hope that this consultation process will generate lively debate and discussions about the key principles of engaging students in their learning across the diverse contexts in which UK higher education takes place. They are keen to receive diverse and varied feedback, which can be used to produce a final publication that is of value and relevance to all potential users.

They welcome contributions to this consultation from anyone with an interest in learning and teaching in higher education in the UK - including representatives from all four countries; prospective, current and past students; and staff from the full range of higher education providers, including both staff who teach and those who support learning and teaching.

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