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SEDA Spring Teaching Learning and Assessment Conference 2011

Date posted: 21/09/2010

Conference title: Academics for the 21st Century

Location: Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh
5 - 6 May 2011

Call for Contributions, deadline: 1 November 2010

SEDA Conference Committee invites you to contribute to the SEDA Spring Teaching Learning and Assessment Conference 2011 by leading a discussion or running a workshop on an aspect of your work. This could be developmental activities, research or scholarship which informs practice. This year they are exploring staff and educational development through themes linked to the 21st century academic.

What are the characteristics, attitudes, skills and knowledge needed to be a successful 21st century academic? How might these link with the 21st century graduate[1] attributes? How can educational developers support their academic colleagues as we build on our experience to face the challenges presented by, for instance, the:

  • pedagogy of new learning environment
  • need to develop non traditional curricula
  • changing expectations, attendance patterns and priorities of our students
  • requirement to generate income as well as delivering on academic agendas
  • potential conflicts between institutions and the expectations of professional bodies
  • altered cultures resulting from changed economic circumstances

Conference Themes
Proposals for sessions are invited that address the key themes of the 21st century academic:

  • Preparing for academic practice (e.g. staff transitions, orientation, induction, work-based learning)
  • Exploring professional tensions (e.g. role expectations and realities, gender issues, institutional, professional)
  • Enabling effective academic performance
  • Enhancing academic roles (academic leadership, new pedagogies, working across academic cultures)
  • Working in harsher financial climates
  • Responding to student expectations
  • Considering the attributes necessary for 21st Century academics and how they can be supported to achieve such attributes. 


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