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ADM-HEA BULLETIN - week ending 30 January 2009

Date posted: 30/01/2009

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ADM-HEA Student Writing Competition 2009
Learning Spaces

Posters and flyers are now available online at:

If you would like us to send you copies for distribution please contact us at

The Art Design Media Subject Centre of the Higher Education Academy (ADM-HEA) invites students on art, design or media higher education courses in the UK to enter this year’s writing competition.  Students are asked to submit a piece of critical/creative writing exploring the theme of learning spaces.
The winner will receive an iPod Touch and have their writing published in the Subject Centre’s Networks magazine and on its website.  The winner will also be invited (all expenses paid) to the Higher Education Academy’s Annual Conference taking place in July 2009.
All entries that meet the criteria and make use of the guidance will be published on the ADM-HEA website.
The closing date for entries is Friday 27 March 2009.
For more information

Please pass the information on to your students.



AHRC Launches New £8m Fellowship Scheme

Arts and Humanities Research Council announces the launch of a new fellowship scheme with an initial annual allocation of £8 million.

The new AHRC fellowship scheme represents a reaffirmation of the AHRC’s commitment to fund the research time needed to undertake world-leading
research with impact and to support the career development of outstanding researchers in the arts and humanities.

The new scheme allows for:

• highly flexible funding for researchers seeking to devote between 50% and 100% of their time over periods of up to nine months to undertake research in any areas within the AHRC’s remit.

• a route for early career researchers, which will provide for mentoring and career development support.

• funding of up to £120,000 (100% FEC) to include research costs and communication and dissemination activities to maximise the impact of the research outcomes.

The new scheme replaces the previous Research Leave scheme, the last round of which closes on March 5th 2009. The Fellowships scheme will offer more flexible provision designed to add value to QR-funded time and institutional support for research career development, and to complement other fellowship schemes available to UK arts and humanities researchers. The scheme will be decoupled from institutional leave, and so will enable award holders to take up their Fellowship when the research needs to be done, rather than when leave happens to be due.

The new scheme and will have a rolling open deadline. The first applications will be accepted from the 1st September 2009 with the first Fellowships expected to start in autumn 2010.

For more information:



Registration is now open for the SEDA Spring teaching, learning and assessment conference 2009
Underpinning Academic Practice with Research and Scholarship
The Thistle Hotel, Brighton
Thursday 7 and Friday 8 May 2009

Ann Aitken
SEDA Office
Tel:  020 7380 6731

4th Annual Student Retention and Progression Conference
Barbican Centre, London
Wednesday, 25 February 2009

This conference will bring together representatives from across the higher education sector to look at issues facing the modern student and how to keep them in higher education. Drawing on successful case studies, it will set out strategies for student retention: how to tackle financial difficulty and ensure students have the right guidance and support when making decisions about progression in higher education.
For more information:

Queen Mary Educational Research Seminar
ESD conference room on the 3rd floor of the Francis Bancroft Building, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University London
3pm on Monday 9 February 2009
The seminar will be given by Dr Matthew Williamson and Dr Giles Martin of QMUL and will be presenting some results of their research into student transition into higher education. This research, which focuses on expectations and experiences of learning and teaching and the ways in which students negotiate the transition from the teaching they have experienced before entering higher education and the methods they are exposed to, and skills they have to develop, once they start at university. The seminar will present some findings from the large scale survey of new entrants to HE carried out before they started their courses, as well as some initial findings from the interviews which were carried out with a sample of students during their first year of study. It will also investigate ways in which this transition can be made easier for students.

Places are limited for this free seminar. If you would like to book a place, please contact:
Matthew Williamson m.williamson@QMUL.AC.UK

"The pursuit of learning as a co-operative enterprise: implications for higher education"
Professional Development Conference for Teachers in Higher Education
Hosted by the Institute for Education Policy Research at Staffordshire University, Ashley Centre for Professional Management, Leek Road, Stoke-on-Trent
8 May 2009

The attendance fee is £65.00. The theme of this year's conference is "The pursuit of learning as a co-operative enterprise: implications for higher education" and the speakers will be Professor Miriam David, Professor Peter Hartley and Paul Orsmond.
For more information and online bookings:
Emma Berndt
Clerical Assistant
Institute for Education Policy Research and Institute for Access Studies
Staffordshire University
Telephone: 01782 295731
2 and 3 April 2009
The Learning Technologies Group at Oxford University Computing Services is pleased to announce its eighth annual one-day conference on educational technologies and the thirteenth ‘Beyond’ event.
Are you supporting students and staff in developing their use of new technology?  
Are you responsible for designing IT skills training in your institution?
Are you interested in institutional approaches to open content, podcasting and educational video online?
These conferences usually fill quite fast so early booking is recommended.
Melissa Highton
Head, Learning Technologies Group
Oxford University Computing Services, 13 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6NN.
Tel: +44(0)1865 283282
Shock of Digital Literacy
Academic literacy and the challenge of new technologies.
Said Business School, Oxford
2nd April 2009

Speakers include:
* Lynne O'Brien - Director of Instructional Technology at Duke University, USA
* Miles Metcalfe - Head of IT Research and Development at Ravensbourne College
* Josie Fraser - ALT Learning Technologist of the Year 2008
Papers at this conference will:
* Describe the new skills and knowledge required by students and staff in the digital age;
* Explore the challenges that the use of digital technologies brings to the design of teaching and learning activities;
* Offer new approaches and strategies for digital literacy skills training;
* Explore the impact that the use of these new technologies has on motivation, participation and differentiation;
* Highlight research in new areas of literacy such as digital storytelling, media literacy, interaction and collaboration skills.
Full Programme and booking at
Beyond Walls
Said Business School, Oxford
3 April 2009

An opportunity to discuss issues surrounding the growth and expansion of institutional audio-visual work with experts from the field of multimedia and educational video.  Come and hear regular podcasting experts , the work of STEEPLE, a JISC funded collaboration to disseminate from experience, and OPEN CAST, an international collaboration providing tools for improving efficiency in media production and publishing.
Expert presenters include:
Peter Scott, KMi Director, Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University Nigel Warburton - Bjoern Hassler, Centre for Applied Research in Educational Technologies, University of Cambridge Peter Robinson, Learning Technologies Group , Oxford University Ben Hawkridge, Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University
Session topics include:
"New Channels to New Learners: Podcasting and the Open University on iTunesU"
"Podcasting Philosophy Bytes"
"Can you hear me now ? How to get your videos into UK secondary education"
"The challenges and opportunities in podcasting at a research university"
Bookings are now open or for more details see
‘Space’ : a workshop in the ARTSWORK 10by10Series
University of the Arts, The London College of Fashion, London
1.30-4.30pm, Monday 9 February 2009

There is still an opportunity for teacher-practitioners [HE/FE teachers also currently engaged in professional creative practice] from across the creative disciplines, to participate in the second 10by10 workshop, ‘Space’.

‘Space’ is designed for teacher-practitioners to explore the interaction or meeting place, between their practice and their teaching. The workshop focus is on giving the participants ‘making’ space to explore their own creative practice and to discuss the experience of teaching as a practitioner, in relation to this.

Four things you need to know about 10by10:

10by10 is a series of workshops using different creative facilitation techniques, designed specifically for teacher-practitioners
10by10 aims to make recommendations about the staff development needs of teacher-practitioners
10by10 aims to articulate the relationship between creative practice and teaching
10by10 workshops are free of charge

Please visit the 10by10 web-site for further information on the workshop series and to book a place.



Supporting International Students

Supporting international students in UK Higher Education: a course for staff is available for downloading from the  website of the Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies. Hard copies of the Facilitator's pack can be ordered from the Subject Centre at
Participants' resources and online activities can be accessed from the website.
Sue Nash
Senior Administrator
Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies
University of Southampton
SO17 1BJ
Tel : 023 8059 4814
Web :



ALT-C 2009: "In dreams begins responsibility" - choice, evidence, and change
The Association for Learning Technology's new conference
8-10 September 2009

Second call for papers and abstracts - deadline, 16 February 2009
Please read down further for an *important note* about submissions.

The online submission system for ALT-C 2009 is now open at:

*Important note*
Some projects or teams will have more to report in September 2009 than they can summarise in an abstract written in February 2009. To take account of this, the Co-Chairs of the Conference Committee emphasise that: "in judging proposals, ALT Reviewers will take an understanding attitude regarding proposals referring to or reporting on work taking place between now and the date of the conference".

Key dates:
- Deadline for receipt of proposals: midnight UK time on 16 February 2009;
- Bookings open during May 2009;
- Presenters' registration deadline 29 June 2009;
- Earlybird registration deadline is 6 July 2009;
- Bookings close on 14 August 2009.


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. The editor is seeking papers that deal empirically, analytically and/or critically with the learning infrastructures in the social sciences and humanities. 

Part of the debate surrounding learning infrastructures in the social sciences and humanities is the over/under-definition and over/underdetermination of terms such as learning and infrastructure in disciplinary and interdisciplinary discourses. In this CFP,  the editor wants to encourage papers that help to define and critically engages those terms.

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.(@)


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