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ADM-HEA BULLETIN - week ending 27 March 2009

Date posted: 30/03/2009

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Call for case studies on collaborative projects in HE, which directly impact on the creative sector and economy by developing employee skills and attributes.

This call is part of the Looking-Out project which aims to identify Effective Engagements with Creative and Cultural Enterprise
Looking-Out is a major research project being undertaken by the Art Design Media Subject Centre (ADM-HEA) on behalf of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) as part of the government’s Creative Britain strategy paper published in February 2008. The project focuses on levels of engagement between Higher Education and the Creative and Cultural sector; the research outcomes aim to inform future government policy in this area.
An initial call for case studies for the project generated very high numbers and a wide range of projects highlighting initiatives, programmes and schemes offered jointly, or with significant support, from creative and cultural businesses and organisations aimed at enhancing graduate attributes. These include, placement schemes, incubation units, industry run projects and career development schemes.
However, we also want to highlight examples of collaborative projects aimed at enhancing, updating and developing the skills and attributes of individuals within creative and cultural industry and organisations.
This second call for case studies is intended to highlight and broadcast examples of effective practice in collaboration or partnership between further and higher education art, design and media departments and creative and cultural businesses and organisations. We are especially keen to hear about schemes that deliver continuing professional development (CPD) to teachers and people already in work, joint research projects, knowledge transfer and innovative collaboration that help grow employment, raise productivity, deliver new products and services, increase footfall and so on, in creative and cultural enterprise.
If you or your colleagues are involved in a project, scheme or programme that you think may fall into this category please contact Steve Mallinder  



HEFCE launches strategy for technology-enhanced learning

On 26 March, HEFCE published 'Enhancing learning and teaching through the use of technology - a revised approach to HEFCE's strategy for e-learning' (HEFCE 2009/12). This revised approach follows an independent review of the strategy and is designed to provide further support to higher education institutions as they develop their own e-learning strategies.

The new approach is intended to support institutions in considering where they may wish to prioritise their technology-related investment over the next few years, and to develop appropriate institutional learning and teaching strategies. Support and guidance is available from JISC and from the Higher Education Academy.

Findings from the review, which was carried out with the support of the Higher Education Academy and JISC, suggested the strategy has been useful in
motivating institutional activity, but that some of the information has become outdated, given the current level of maturity in e-learning in the sector.

In order to assist institutions in achieving their strategic aims for enhancing learning and teaching through technology, the document suggests a framework focusing on: pedagogy, curriculum design and development; learning resources and environments; quality; and research and evaluation.

Further information on how JISC is contributing to this strategy can be found at:


AHRC – Future Directions for Arts & Humanities Research: A Consultation

The Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) are currently seeking feedback on their Future Directions document, which outlines the future directions for the AHRC and seeks your assistance in charting the way forward.

For more information and to participate in this consultation, please visit the following link:



SPACE: ADM-HEA Annual Forum 2009
Virtual SPACE - online forum  
29 April - 13 May 2009

Wales Millennium Centre Event
Friday, 8 May 2009

Apologies for the delay but registration will be opening early next week, please look out for the information which will be sent via separate email.

This year, the ADM-HEA Annual Forum, SPACE, will explore the theme of ‘learning spaces’ in art, design and media higher education, and will provide opportunities for both ‘virtual’ and ‘vital’ participation…  

Stephen Heppell, Professor of New Media Environments at the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice at Bournemouth University, will launch our online discussion forum, Virtual SPACE, with a video presentation on 29 April 2009. The online forum will provide opportunities for an unlimited number of participants to engage with, and share ideas about, the theme – as well as informing, and interacting with, subsequent discussion at our ‘Vital SPACE’ event at the Wales Millennium Centre (WMC) in Cardiff on 8 May 2009. There will be 100 places for participants at the WMC.

For more information:



1st International Visual Methods Conference
University of Leeds
15 - 17 September 2009

The aim of the conference is to bring together leading researchers and practitioners representing different disciplines and approaches to visual methodology in order to exchange ideas and advance visual methodology in all its forms. There will be two internationally acclaimed keynote speakers, a workshop for those new to visual methods, posters and a wide range of papers given. Presentations will focus on state-of-the-art visual methods as well as innovative real-world applications.

Guest Speakers

Opening keynote address will be given by Professor Claudia Mitchell, McGill University, Canada.
Plenary keynote address will be given by Professor Marcus Banks, University of Oxford, UK.
Keynote photographer exhibition by Professor Dona Schwartz, University of Minnesota, USA.


Academy Scotland debate
Glasgow Caledonian University
24 June 2009, 3:30 pm

This year’s Academy Scotland debate will be held on Wednesday 24 June at Glasgow Caledonian University. The motion will be “This house believes that the 50 minute lecture is a good form of teaching”.

The debate will be preceded by a keynote address by Professor Paul Maharg from the Glasgow Graduate School of Law, University of Strathclyde, and Senior Fellow of the Academy. There will also be a marketplace with resources from the Academy available, and the debate will be followed by a wine reception.

The event is aimed at staff in a wide range of roles within Scottish HEIs, and there will be representatives from the Academy Subject Centres.


A framework for whole institutional inclusive teaching practice - drawn from Post 16 provision
University of Westminster
29 April 2009 11:00 – 13:00
The Higher Education Academy and University of Westminster would like to invite you to the above research seminar, which is part of Research Seminar Series 2009: Access and Success for All.  Details of the Series are available at:

Details of the above seminar including abstract, speakers and bookings are available at:

50 free places are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To book a place, please email Michele Raimondo at


Internationalisation Event
Cardiff University
18 May 2009

Extending Horizons: the Benefits of the European Dimension on the Student Learning Experience. Implementing Bologna in your institution; a case study.
The Higher Education Academy and the British Council are holding a seminar on Bologna to inform academics of recent developments in the Bologna Process and to engage them in thinking about the implications of Bologna for learning and teaching at subject level.

The event has a particular focus on curriculum development in relation to mobility, study and work placements, and the recognition issues related to mobility and the impact on employability. The keynote speaker is Professor Sir Drummond Bone.  

More information is available from:



Researchers of Tomorrow – request for focus group members

The British Library/JISC study ‘Researchers of Tomorrow: A three year (BL/JISC) study tracking the research behaviour of 'Generation Y' doctoral students’ will examine the information-seeking and research behaviour of doctoral students born 1982-1994.

The research team is seeking to recruit late-stage doctoral researchers, post-doctoral researchers and academic staff managing or supervising doctoral research, for three scene-setting focus groups in social science, arts and humanities and STM.  There is no age restriction for the focus groups.  

They will meet on either 27 or 28 April at the British Library for up to two hours, with travel expenses paid. Contact: Meg Goodman at Education for Change Ltd at or on 020 7247 3370.

For more information:


Learning Infrastructures in the Social Sciences and Humanities

Special issue of the journal Learning Inquiry
Edited by Jeremy Hunsinger
Papers Due: May 15 2009

In the last 20 years, the learning infrastructures of the social sciences and humanities have transformed dramatically toward a more plural set of practices, methods, systems, and tools.

In this issue, they are looking for contributions from social informatics,humanistic informatics, cultural informatics, digital humanities, internet studies, design research, media studies, and related fields dealing with the learning infrastructures. I am seeking papers that deal empirically, analytically and/or critically with the learning infrastructures in the social sciences and humanities.
Review process will be double blind peer review following editorial selection.   They expect to place fewer than 8 papers in this special issue. They would prefer papers between 4000-16000 words. Papers should be submitted to
Please contact the editor to discuss your paper and/or when you submit your paper.

Jeremy Hunsinger jhuns.(@)
Center for Digital Discourse and Culture
Virginia Tech
Information Ethics Fellow
Center for Information Policy Research  Learning Inquiry-the journal


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