[Herdsa] Conference in UK
Thu, 09 Jan 2003 13:11:43 +1000
Ranald Macdonald posted the following conference details from the UK
Apologies for cross-posting
Joint Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA)/Society for
Research into Higher Education (SRHE) Conference
The Scholarship of Academic and Staff Development: Research, Evaluation and
Wednesday 9 - Friday 11 April 2003
Wills Hall, University of Bristol
This conference will provide the opportunity for those engaged in research,
evaluation and changing practice in further and higher education to explore
opportunities for engaging in these activities as well as networking and
collaboration. The conference will be of interest to teachers, educational
developers, researchers and policy makers with an interest in change in
further and higher education, with a particular emphasis on those changes
that affect the student learning experience.
As with all SEDA conferences, the emphasis will be on presenters and
participants engaging interactively with the themes of the conference as
presented through a variety of session formats.
SEDA Research Committee
Following the setting up of the SEDA/SRHE Educational Development research
network in 1998, the SEDA Research Committee was established in October
2002, with an emphasis on promoting research and scholarship in staff and
educational development in its widest sense. This conference represents the
Committee's first major event.
The Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) is the professional
association for staff and educational developers in the UK. Its aim is to
promote innovation and good practice in teaching and learning in higher
education, including HE delivered in further education.
The Society for Research into Higher Education, established in 1965, exists
to stimulate and co-ordinate research into all aspects of higher education.
It aims to improve the quality of higher education through the encouragement
of debate and publication.
Andresen (2000) and others characterise scholarship as follows:
critical reflectivity as a sensibility, a habit of mind;
scrutiny by peers as permitted, for example, by publication;
and inquiry as a motivation and drive.
We anticipate that these scholarly characteristics will be reflected in this
conference and hence contribute to The Scholarship of Academic and Staff
Developing a scholarship of academic and staff development
Researching and evaluating educational development practices
Building capacity for research and evaluation
Examining the links between research, evaluation, policy and changing
practice, including teaching, assessment and supporting learning
Staff and educational development is taken to include: Higher Education
development (including HE in further education); changes to learning,
teaching and assessment practices and environments; institutional change;
the management of educational change; and action research that links
development and research outcomes.
Full Conference Presenters
Professor Liz Beaty, Director (Learning and Teaching), The Higher Education
Funding Council for England
Dr Glynis Cousin, Academic Development Adviser, The Centre for Academic
Practice, Warwick University
Dr Keith Trigwell, Principal Research Fellow, The Institute for the
Advancement of University Learning, University of Oxford
We welcome proposals which examine current practices in learning, teaching
and assessment; completed or 'in progress' research and evaluation; and the
links between research, evaluation, practice and policy. However, the
emphasis should be on reflection and evaluation of practice, sustainability,
dissemination and transferability, rather than merely on describing what is
happening. It is also a long-standing tradition at SEDA conferences to have
sessions which involve delegates in active participation and, consequently,
preference will be given to
proposals that reflect these emphases.
We are designing the conference around the following activities:
Workshops - (45 or 90 minutes) with the emphasis on high levels of
Papers - (45 minutes) giving an account of research, evaluation, policy or
practice with the emphasis on drawing out lessons for others and involving
participants in engaging with you findings
Round tables - (45 or 60 minutes) involving two or three short paper
presentations (10 minutes each) of work in progress, following which
participants engage for the rest of the session with one of the presenters.
The conference committee will combine short papers into a round table.
Symposia - (90 minutes) 2 or 3 presenters may wish to group together and
submit a proposal for a symposium or, alternatively, the Planning Committee
may combine 2-3 proposals together into a symposium and appoint a chair.
There will also be opportunities for 'reflection' sessions during the
conference to allow participants the
opportunity to discuss more informally the general themes of the conference.
There will also be a series of methodology 'master classes' (90 minutes)
around a major aspect of research or evaluation to support 'new'
practitioners in developing their professional skills.
The conference will be of interest to those who are interested in
educational developments in further and higher education, including:
Teachers in further and higher education
Educational and staff developers
Researchers, postgraduates and those engaged in evaluations
Learning support staff such as library and information staff and student
Academics and managers with responsibility for learning and teaching policy
Staff from LTSN Subject Centres and similar
The conference is to be held at the University of Bristol which is situated
in the heart of the historic, maritime city of Bristol, in the Wills Hall,
Stoke Bishop. Bristol is built on dramatic hills, and Stoke Bishop, 3 miles
to the north of the City Centre, offers visitors the calm of park and
woodland high above the Avon Gorge. From Sea Walls, on the very cliff edge,
there are panoramic views across the Bristol Channel to the Welsh Hills.
For more information on the venue and how to get there visit
Submitting your proposal
A proposal form for contributions can be found on the SEDA web site at
The deadline for submissions is Monday 27 January 2003. They should be no
more than 300 words in length. Please send an electronic copy, in Word or
WordPerfect to the firstname.lastname@example.org and specify which of the sessions
formats listed above you would prefer and whether you would be prepared to
present in a different way.
Proposals should include the main aims of the sessions, an outline of what
will be presented and in the cases of workshops, the methods of
It is normal practice at SEDA Conferences to accept only one contribution
from an individual so as provide the opportunity for as many people to
contribute as possible.
Criteria for acceptance of proposals
Each proposal will be reviewed for acceptance at the conference against the
Relevance to the conference theme and sub theme(s)
Clarity and coherence of the proposal
Reflection and evaluation of practice and or/policy
Contribution to scholarship, research and evaluation of change in further
and higher education
Clear opportunities for participants to actively engage in the session and,
particularly in workshops, to reflect on transferability to their own
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