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ADM-HEA BULLETIN - week ending 13 November 2009

Date posted: 16/11/2009

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ADM-OER (Art Design Media-Open Educational Resources) Project
With the pilot project now well established the institutional partners are in the process of clearing and uploading identified teaching-learning materials on to their host websites.
Open educational resources have become a major consideration in HE, both in a national and global context.  They have increasingly become the topic of much research, numerous publications, conferences and public discussion.
The Guardian newspaper, Tuesday November 10, includes an interview with David Sadler (The Higher Education Academy) and David Kernohan (JISC), which looks at the OER UK Programme and some of the key issues involved in open source learning.
Read the article - Any Student, Any Subject, Anytime

For more information: Visit the ADM-OER Website
For updates on the project, up and coming conferences, recent publications and important links: Visit the ADM-OER Blog

[Click ‘recent entries’ for all blog posts]



Systemic change in the age of stupid. Lessons from Switzerland
University of Gloucestershire, FW015a&b, Fullwood House, Park Campus, Cheltenham GL50 2RH
4th December 2009, 12.00 - 14.00

Dr Rolf Jucker is the director of the Swiss Foundation for Environmental Education, an independent body tasked with mainstreaming Environmental Education and Education for Sustainable Development in the Swiss School system. Having gained an MSc in Education for Sustainability, he has worked extensively as an ESD advisor to the Welsh Assembly Government, the Higher Education Academy in England, the EAUC and others. He has widely published on the subject (see, amongst others Our Common Illiteracy. Education as if the Earth and People mattered (2002). His research interests relate to embedding systemic change and skills for a sustainable future.
Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP by 27 November 2009 to Ms Seek Pang 

Rewiring Inclusion: Strategies, Tools and Techniques to promote barrier-free learning
The National College, Nottingham
Tuesday, 9 February 2010

A national one day conference organised jointly by ALT and JISC TechDis for any staff whose work and role affects learners and learning.

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Educational and Staff Development: Educational Research Seminar Series 2009/10
All seminars take place between 3pm and 5pm in room 602 of the G.O. Jones Building, Mile End campus, Queen Mary, University of London.

30th November
Dr Caroline Walker, Employability Development Adviser, QMUL, and Dr Graham Thomas, Head of Skills and Employability, QMUL -
The QMUL Graduate Attributes project

25th January
Gwen van der Velden, Director of Learning and Teaching Enhancement, University of Bath -
The student voice: enhancing learning, not just satisfaction

22nd February
Dr Roni Bamber, Head of Centre for Academic Practice, Queen Margaret University -
Evaluation: institutional needs versus individual motivations

29th March
Dr Margo Blythman, Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art and Design, University of the Arts -
Implications of change for the working worlds of staff in higher education

26th April
Dr Chris Trevitt, Director of Studies, Oxford Learning Institute, University of Oxford –
Research supervision at Oxford: tales from the development experience coalface

24th May
Professor Stephanie Marshall, Director of Programmes, The Leadership Foundation for Higher Education –
Leadership in Learning and Teaching

28th June
Dr Matthew Williamson, Education Adviser, QMUL, and Dr Giles Martin, Learning and Teaching Development Adviser, QMUL -
Transitions to Higher Education: reflections on a three-year study

 As spaces are limited, please email Matthew Williamson m.williamson@QMUL.AC.UK if you are interested in attending any of these seminars.


Dispositions to Learn and Student Success
Northumbria University, Great Hall, Sutherland Building
Friday, 4 December 2009 11:00 – 13:30
This seminar is part of the Research Seminar Series 2009: Access and Success for All and will draw on pilot research across HE in 2007/8 and current HEFCE and Paul Hamlyn funded research into student retention.
The seminar will explore:
·     The notions of the ‘strong’ and the ‘weak’ student in HE;
·     Professional legitimacy in relation to student development in HE;
·     Learning and teaching strategies for student success.

Qualitative research findings on the value of this process for staff and students will be presented and participants will be encouraged to consider strategies for developing effective lifelong learners.

Bookings: go to  

Please direct queries to:

The Framework for Higher Education and the Review of Institutional Audit Implications for the educational development community
Institute of Education, London
14 January 2010

SEDA is pleased to invite you to a seminar to explore the implications of ‘Higher Ambitions’, the new Framework for Higher Education launched last week.

Further details, as well as online booking, are available at:


Training Workshops in Film and Sound Archives
The Society of Archivists is pleased to announce a series of workshops taking place around the UK between December 2009 and March 2010 aimed at familiarising archivists with the issues and practicalities of managing film and sound archive material.

1. Clitheroe, North West Sound Archive – 9th December 2009
2. Norwich, East Anglian Film Archive– 14th December 2009
3. Winchester, Wessex Film and Sound Archive – w/c 25th January 2010
4. Glasgow, BBC Scotland – late February 2010 (date tbc)
5. Aberystwyth, National Screen & Sound Archive – mid March 2010 (tbc)

For more information:


Rewiring Inclusion: Strategies, Tools and Techniques to promote barrier-free learning
The National College, Nottingham
Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Deadline: Friday, 4 December 2009

A national one day conference organised jointly by ALT and JISC TechDis for any staff whose work and role affects learners and learning
If you or your organisation has good practice to share in the inclusive use of technology to support learning, they invite you to submit a proposal to run a 45 minute workshop at the conference.



3rd European Communication Conference
Hamburg, Germany
12 to 15 October 2010

Deadline for submissions: 28 February 2010. Please note that this submission deadline will not be extended!

The European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) and the Hans Bredow Institute, together with the University of Hamburg and the Hamburg Media School welcome the submission of abstracts for presentations in all fields of Communication and Media Studies.

The general theme of the conference is “Transcultural Communication – Intercultural Comparisons". The organisers call for proposals in all fields of communication and media studies, but particularly invite conceptual, empirical, and methodological proposals on inter– and transcultural communication phenomena and/or on comparative research.

International Journal of Sociotechnology and Knowledge Development
CALL FOR PAPERS - Special Issue on Knowledge Development and the Net Generation
Deadline for paper submissions: 31 January 2010

Members of the Net Generation use the Web differently, they network differently, and they learn differently. When they start at university, traditional values on how to develop knowledge collide with their values. Many of the teaching techniques that have worked for decades do not work anymore because new students learn differently too. The Net Generation is used to network; its members work collaboratively, they execute several tasks simultaneously, and they use the Web to acquire knowledge.

To be able to meet new changing demands in higher education, this special issue elaborates on the topic of how the Net Generation acquires and exchanges knowledge. They welcome research using a socio-technical approach that demonstrates how the Web can be used in higher education to facilitate students’ knowledge development.
Prospective authors should prepare manuscripts according to the Guidelines for Submissions published at .
Manuscripts should be no longer than 7,000 words (excluding references) and should be submitted through e-mail to the Corresponding co-editor, Dr. Frank Ulbrich

Researching and EvaluatingPersonal Development Planning and e-Portfolios
International Research Seminar  to be held at the National College for School Leadership, Nottingham,
26-28 April 2010

Call for Contributions: Deadline 16 December 2009

Electronic portfolios are a rapidly developing global phenomenon.  In the UK, many Higher Education Institutions have chosen to use e-portfolio systems to support the implementation of Personal Development Planning (PDP). PDP supports students in recording and reviewing achievements, reflecting and planning for personal, educational and career development. A recurring theme has been the need for robust evaluation and research evidence to inform decisions about effective e-Portfolio and PDP practices.

Conference proposals should take one of the following forms:
1   Trigger Paper – these half-hour sessions will briefly synthesise current research, raise a key research and evaluation question, propose a novel research methodology or present research in progress [10mins] as a trigger for structured discussion [20 mins]. 

2  Research report – these half-hour sessions will report [20 mins report plus 10mins for questions] on completed PDP and e-Portfolio research and evaluation projects. 

3  Symposium – these 90 minute sessions will bring together a number of short inputs on a similar theme to allow more detailed discussion and/or workshop activities. Groups might wish to collaborate to offer symposia; alternatively, the organisers reserve the option of grouping contributions together around a common theme.
For more information contact Cath Hewson at the Centre for Recording Achievement

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