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Vital SPACE: ADM-HEA Annual Forum 2009 (8 May 2009)

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Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
Friday, 8 May 2009

The Programme

10.00    Coffee and registration

10.30    Welcome  and Viewing of Professor Stephen Heppell’s video

11.00    Morning break-out groups session followed by plenary discussion

12.30    Lunch

13.30    Afternoon break-out groups session - rehearsal and video making

14.45    Tea and coffee

15.15    The Plenary - view videos followed by panel discussion

16.15    Final comments and thanks

16.30    Close

Morning break-out groups session

There will be six discussion groups with up to 20 participants in each.  Each group will be allocated a ‘hot word’, identified by Professor Stephen Heppell, and based on participants’ prior contributions to the online discussion forum, Virtual SPACE. Groups will have access to Virtual SPACE during the discussion and delegates may wish to bring wireless enabled laptops.

The aim of the morning session is to discuss the ideas within the HOT topic. Each group will be assisted in this by:

  • a CHAIR within their group to manage the debate.
  • a REPORTER within their group to record the debate.
  • a DIRECTOR who will be responsible for supervising and guiding the group in the afternoon session.

CHAIRs and REPORTERs are volunteers*, DIRECTORs are selected by the ADM-HEA.

* If you would like to be considered for the role of either Chair or Reporter, please indicate this when you register for a place at Vital SPACE.

more information on the roles of Chair or Reporter

The confirmed Directors are:

  • Dr Jos Boys, CETLD Senior Research Fellow, Learning Spaces, University of Brighton
  • Joe Flintham, Senior Lecturer in Interactive Media Theory, Bournemouth University
  • Dr Julia Gaimster, Head of e-Learning, London College of Fashion
  • Professor Gaynor Kavanagh, Dean of Cardiff School of Art and Design
  • Dr Gary Pritchard, Associate Dean of Newport School of Art, Media and Design

more information about the Directors and Professor Stephen Heppell


Afternoon break-out groups session

The morning groups will have been exploring the issues and in the afternoon each group will make one short (60 second) video about their views and ideas. This Session will be lead by the DIRECTORs who will be responsible for supervising and guiding their group.

some ideas and inspiration for videos


The Plenary

The videos will be screened in the WMC’s Victor Salvi Room and posted online.  After the screenings the Plenary Chair will invite the panel (the Directors) to make a brief observation/comment on the videos. The Chair will open the discussion to the floor for about 30 minutes.

The Plenary debate will be recorded/videoed and be available on the SPACE Event web page.

Please be aware that videos will be made at the event and posted onto YouTube and the ADM-HEA website. By registering for this event you will be giving your permission for any recordings in which you appear to be published.


Student Documentary Team

As in previous years we are inviting a group of students to participate in the Annual Forum. Previously students have provided us with individual reports on discussion sessions. This year we are inviting them to make a short documentary.


Registration information is on the main event page

The event on 8 May 2009 is free of charge for staff working within higher education in the UK and lunch is provided**. Registrations will be taken on a first-come, first served basis and will initially be limited to 3 places per institution. There are 100 places available at the event.

** A charge of £50 will be applied for non-attendance if adequate notice is not given.


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