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ADM-HEA BULLETIN - week ending 5 February 2010

Date posted: 05/02/2010

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Art Design Media Teaching Fellowship Scheme 2010-11

The deadline for submission of applications is Friday, 19 March 2010.

The Art Design Media Subject Centre (ADM-HEA) is pleased to announce the third year of its Teaching Fellowship Scheme.

The Scheme is part of the Subject Centre’s aim to support the professional development and recognition of staff teaching art, design and media in HE and to ensure that their teaching is recognised, valued and rewarded. The particular focus of this award is on studio-based teaching staff who have previously been under represented in institutional and national award schemes. In this context, studio based learning and teaching includes: work in museums, labs, workshops and field-work in a specified creative practice context and is understood as a learning space where the environment, in and of itself, contributes to the 'curriculum' and studio based practice.

We are asking nominees to demonstrate innovative teaching by providing evidence of achievement in the teaching and support of student learning. Evidence of effective teaching may be presented in a range of formats that could include film, video and audio files.

The scheme’s strength is that it recognises the diversity of staff who support student learning in art, design and media subjects and how crucial individual teachers are in the support and enhancement of learning and teaching.

ADM-HEA has allocated £30,000 in support of the Fellowship Scheme and we anticipate awarding funding of between £1,000 and £3,000 per project. It is expected that institutions will contribute matched funding via in-kind support.

If you would like advice or guidance on your application, please contact Carolyn Bew, Academic Developer:  
Tel: 01273 643175.

For more information, including an application form:
New Case study – Using Open Online Resources to Enhance Social Learning
By Corrine Beaumont, Research Director, Innoversity, University of Kingston

This case study looks at the integration of open online communication tools in a ‘MA in the Creative Economy’ programme at Kingston University’s School of Business. Forty students set up individual blogs, created Twitter accounts, published an online research library and collaborated on team websites to record their progress and engage the public with their efforts. All of the tools used were free and publically available that allowed students to own their work and retain access to it beyond graduation.
To see the full study:
Discipline-focused Learning Technology Enhancement Academy 2010

The School of Art and Design at Wolverhampton University has been successful in their application to take part in the Higher Education Academy’s Discipline-Focused Learning Technology Enhancement Academy Programme 2010.  The programme aims to support subject-focused department teams in the use of technology to enhance learning, teaching and assessment. 

For further information about the University of Wolverhampton’s project see:


Turning up the HEAT in Wales

JISC TechDis is once again inviting bids for HEAT scheme funding from higher education institutions to boost inclusive practice.

As the UK’s leading advisory service on inclusion and accessibility, JISC TechDis is keen to encourage universities and colleges to develop and promote good inclusive practice in teaching and learning. Round 4 of the Heat scheme (HEAT4Wales) is open to staff working in HE or FE institutions in receipt of HEFCW (Higher Education Funding Council for Wales) funding. Projects can be specific to the teaching of a particular discipline, support a specific role or have a more generic applicability right across the sector.

The HEAT scheme will provide staff working in higher education in Wales (teaching staff, library staff, careers officers, staff developers, IT specialists and accessibility or support specialists) with technology with which to develop or uncover an aspect of good inclusive practice. Previous rounds have led to a number of successful projects that have impacted on accessibility practice in UK institutions and some have gone on to be nominated for awards.

A key focus of HEAT4Wales will be the JISC priority areas; Lifelong Learning, Work-Related Learning, Employer Engagement and Business & Community Engagement. Project Bids, up to a maximum of £1200, will be evaluated by a panel consisting of JISC TechDis and volunteers from the Higher Education Academy and JISC RSC Wales and must be submitted by 22nd February 2010.

For more details, and to download a bid form, please see:
Enhancing Learning through Technology: Evidence-based Practice Seminar Series and Syntheses

As part of its HEFCE funded Enhancing learning through Technology programme the Academy is working with institutions to synthesise and disseminate good practice in the use of technology to enhance learning teaching and assessment for the benefit of the wider HE community.

Activities for 2010 are focusing on three areas: assessment and feedback; employability and employee learning: professional learning and teaching practice and include:

1.  Evidence-based Practice Seminar Series 2010

A series of 29 free seminars will take place between February and July 2010 to promote the effective use of technology in the areas of: assessment and feedback; employee learning and employability; and professional learning and teaching practice.   The seminars are open to all those interested in the topic area, with preference being given to staff working in HE and FE institutions.
Outcomes from each seminar will include a briefing paper for the sector to be disseminated via the Academy’s Evidence Net service.
Detailed information about the individual seminars can be accessed from the Seminar Series page at:

and the Academy's Joint Events page at:
2. Syntheses of evidence-based practice

Following an open call, the Academy has commissioned the universities listed below to conduct in-depth syntheses of research and evaluation project findings in the following areas:
The University of Southampton: assessment and feedback
Leeds Metropolitan University: employability and employee learning;
The Open University: professional learning and teaching practice.
The syntheses will include implications for practice and provide exemplars of evidence-informed practice involving the use of technology to enhance the student learning experience for each of the areas.  As well as involving ‘desk-based’ activities, the syntheses will require engagement with practitioners in the related fields and the associated seminar series.  The timescale for the syntheses is 1 January – 31 August 2010.

For more information please visit:
Or email:


Tate Britain, Education Open Evening, Henry Moore and Chris Ofili: Artists in Their Time
Tate Britain
Friday 26 February 2010, 18.30 to 21.00

Go  to Tate Britain for an inspiring and friendly evening of gallery based talks with Tate curators, workshops and free entry to the Henry Moore and Chris Ofili exhibitions. Take the opportunity to see works in Tate's Library and Archive collection and the Prints room. The evening focuses on connections between Art and History and features a workshop for teacher-practitioners in higher and further education exploring the relationship between pedagogy and practice.

This is a free event, to book call 020 887 8888
Celebrating Partnerships in Learning, 7th Annual LDHEN Symposium
Nottingham Conference Centre
29 - 31 March 2010
This year’s conference is a joint event organised by the LearnHigher CETLand the Learning Development in Higher Education Network (LDHEN). It will be hosted by Nottingham Trent University.

The theme this year is " Celebrating Partnerships in Learning", reflecting the achievements of LearnHigher, as a collaboration between sixteen universities, and of LDHEN with its emphasis on the value of leaning partnerships between students, academics, researchers and developers.
Keynote speakers: 
Glynis Cousin, Director of Institute for Learning Enhancement and of Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Marcia Baxter Magolda, Distinguished Professor, Educational Leadership, Miami University

Glynis and Marcia are both ardent exponents of putting students at the heart of higher education; Glynis emphasises the role of ‘learning journeys’, and Marcia the development ‘self authorship’ by students. In their work, the notion of partnership is central to their interpretation of learning development.
In addition there will be more than 40 presentations and workshops on a range of themes encompassing learning partnerships of all kinds.

For more information: 
Enhancing the postgraduate research experience: exploring intellectual climate

Higher Education Academy Innovation Way York Science Park ,York
2 March 2010

This is the first of two one-day events in 2010 which will consider an aspect of the PGR experience and explore ways of sharing effective practice and enhancing provision in that area. This event is open to all staff with an interest in enhancing postgraduate research provision, and a number of current PGR students from a variety of institutions will also be attending.

The programme includes presentations of case studies from institutions who have successfully improved their PRES intellectual climate scores, the opportunity to discuss and explore aspects of intellectual climate with colleagues and current PGR students, and sessions linking PRES to QAA and NUS work.

Booking forms and a provisional programme are available at:
Success in Developing Student Employability: Employability CETL Conference 2010
Sheffield Hallam University
10 June 2010

The conference will bring together those interested and involved in developing student employability to showcase successful interventions, initiatives and innovations.

As part of a wider contribution to the debate around employability in a HE context. Presentations and papers will be made available via the e3i website after the event as a way of disseminating findings.

Presenters will be encouraged to involve students in the event where possible/appropriate.
Presentations invited from within SHU and across the HE sector

Anyone who is interested in presenting or running a workshop should send a brief summary of no more than 200 words to Diane Foster at

For more information:
Vitae SWW Hub Annual Good Practice Conference
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay
Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Impact, Evaluation, Public Engagement, Collaboration – just some of the topics for workshops at this event.

Also on the programme:

·        Dr Debbie McVitty Research and Policy Officer (Postgraduates) ,NUS
·        Thomas Papworth, Concordat Coordinator, UUK
·        an update of the Researcher development framework
For more information and to book your free place
Learning Landscapes and the Idea of the University: efficiency, effectiveness and expression
Skeel Lecture Theatre, People’s Palace, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS
13 April 2010
This conference, hosted by Queen Mary College, University of London, reports the findings of the recent Learning Landscapes in Higher Education study, funded by HEFCE/SFC/HEFCW. The aim of the study has been to look at ways in which teaching and learning spaces are being designed and developed in the higher education sector.  The Learning Landscapes project has created a suite of development tools for enhancing the processes of teaching and learning space development, which will be made available at the event. 
Key topics include:

  • Strategic experimentation, e.g.,  between aesthetics and pedagogy; connecting the virtual and the built environment
  • The student voice, as client and consultant
  • Evaluation and Research: learning from experience
  • The idea of the university: embedding academic values in design

The event will be of particular interest to: academic managers,  estates professionals, academics interested in academic spaces, consultants, architects, designers and students.
There is no charge for this event. To book a place go to:
For further information contact Jill Hubbard at
Communities of Learning - SEDA Spring Teaching, Learning and Assessment Conference
Park Plaza Hotel, Leeds
6 – 7 May 2010

This year the SEDA Conference will explore and debate the issues around communities of learning. In doing so it will touch upon some key topics in staff and educational development and learning and teaching with regard to the need to nurture communities, reflection on existing communities and how to respond in an ever changing world to the multifarious demands on academics in HE and FE. What is the nature of the communities that we are wishing to create and support? What are the tensions inherent in fostering such communities? What is the nature of existing communities? How can we engage different communities?

For more information:


ISSOTL10 Conference - Global Theories and Local Practices: Intstitutional, Disciplinary and Cultural Variations

19 - 22 October 2010

Deadline for submission of proposals: 1 March 2010

The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) conference has as its theme a dialectic, chosen to stimulate discussion and debate amongst the international SoTL community:

Global theories: are there theories of learning and teaching that can be demonstrated to transcend national, cultural and/or disciplinary differences?
Local practices: How important is context? To what extent, if at all, do national, cultural and/or disciplinary differences inevitably affect approaches to pedagogy and student learning outcomes?

Participants are invited to submit proposal for presentations that focus one of the following:

Teaching and learning: Focussing on what teaching, curriculum and/or assessment practices are being engaged in order to have impact on student learning.
Organizational change: Focussing on larger issues.
Faculty development (supporting changes in teaching and learning practice).

For more information:
Research teaching linkages to enhance student learning
Foresight Centre, Liverpool
25 - 26 October 2010

The PRHE10 conference is a biennial event which brings together researchers and practitioners to share research findings, promote rigorous  pedagogical research and build collaborative research networks. This year it has been organised to follow on from the ISSOTL conference (see above) The conference will as usual be organised by Liverpool Hope University but this year the location of the conference is in the centre of Liverpool at the Foresight Centre.

The PRHE10 conference committee is now inviting abstracts for papers from those who are currently researching learning and teaching in the higher education context. Abstracts will be considered in the following areas which relate to the overall theme of research-teaching linkages to enhance student learning.

For details of the criteria, please visit the website:

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