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Changing Educational Development: New Ideas, New Approaches, New Contexts

Aston Business School Conference Centre, Birmingham
17 November 2009 09:15 - 18 November 2009 17:15

In higher education, as in life in general, it may well be true that the only constant is change. In order to cope with change we need to constantly try new ideas and approaches. However, it may also be true that some tried and tested ideas which sound ‘old hat’ are just as good or better than new innovations.

This conference will focus on how innovation can be encouraged, creative solutions enabled and new arenas embraced in higher education. It will also encourage a revisit of old ideas in new contexts, or old solutions to new problems. Pedagogies and practices will be explored – with a focus on their practical application – which enhance the learning experience for students.

Conference Themes
The conference will seek to address the following themes:

  • Using learning spaces – old and new – creatively
  • Employing immersive technology to best effect
  • Harnessing learning technologies to benefit learning
  • Recycling effective approaches in new or different contexts
  • Enabling cross-fertilisation of good practice across disciplines and between institutions
  • Developing networks of practice


Conference Programme

The conference programme and abstracts of sessions will be put up on the SEDA website shortly.

Keynote Addresses

This year there will be three keynote addresses.  These will be delivered by:

  •   Professor Patricia Broadfoot, Vice Chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire,
  • Dr Colin Beart, Faculty Teaching Fellow, Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University, and
  • Aaron Proter, Vice President (Higher Education) National Union of Students.

Conference Venue
The 2009 annual conference will be held at the Aston Business School Conference Centre, which is located in Birmingham city centre, just a five minute taxi ride or fifteen minute walk from New Street Station. Fully residential delegates will be accommodated on-site in ensuite bedrooms.

The conference will be of particular interest to all those involved in promoting effective change in HE learning, teaching and educational development. This includes:

  • Educational and staff developers
  • Higher Education Academy staff
  • Lecturers and teachers in further and higher education
  • National and institutional teaching fellows
  • Centre for Excellence and FDTL staff
  • Managers of academic departments
  • Educational technologists
  • Quality assurance and enhancement policy makers


Call for Contributions
Click here / for details of how to submit a proposal for this conference.


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