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ADM-HEA BULLETIN - week ending 6 February 2009

Date posted: 06/02/2009


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ADM-HEA is pleased to announce the second year of the Art, Design and Media Teaching Fellowship Scheme (ADMTFS).

The scheme is part of ADM-HEA’s aim to support the professional development and recognition of art, design and media staff in HE and to ensure that teaching is valued and rewarded.

The deadline for applications is Monday, 30 March, 2009.

Please visit for more information about making an application.


Digitisation Project

This JISC funded digitisation project has produced a teaching resource of skeletal material from an excavation at Hulton Abbey. Whilst primarily developed for forensic science teaching, the uniqueness and historical significance of the material gives the resource an interdisciplinary value.

The project resource was developed using Macromedia Director to produce a standalone product and is available on DVD in Windows and Macintosh formats. By developing the resource this way, individual images of the skeletal material can be searched for and examined using interactive tools.

For more information on this project and the DVD, visit the Physical Sciences Centre website:

If you would like a copy of the dvd, please email the Physical Sciences Centre

Archival Sound Recordings – Recording of the Month competition
Archival Sound Recordings is an online audio resource which makes selections of music, spoken word and environmental sounds from the British Library Sound Archive available online.  Recordings are available for playback and download to staff and students in UK higher and further education.
To enter the Recording of the Month competition, simply log in to the website using your Shibboleth/ Open Athens password, pick a favourite recording, write up to 50 words about why you love it, and send it to
The prize is a £20 book token and winners are picked monthly. 
Ginevra House
Engagement Officer
Higher Education Team
The British Library
020 7412 7245

The first issue of Enquiry - the ACES Journal of Undergraduate Research at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU), is now available to read at:

'Enquiry' is a student-led and faculty sponsored double-blind peer-reviewed journal dedicated to showcasing students' research achievements, encouraging interdisciplinary intellectual exploration, and furthering broader interest in the Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences.

Briefly the key opportunities created by 'Enquiry' are:

* It provides sustainability for undergraduate research by advocating and advertising the wealth of work that is undertaken by undergraduate students at SHU;
* It enables students to engage directly with the processes of research and publication;
* It provides an opportunity to forge more visible links between teaching, learning and research;
* It has developed an active community of student learners who will be exposed to the process of enquiry;
* It provides ACES with marketing opportunities upon which potential students can be recruited.

For further details about 'Enquiry', or the infrastructure behind it, please contact Richard Hill



Playing with Learning 2: Making Connections
Scarman House Conference Centre, Warwick
13 May 2009

Playing with Learning is a unique opportunity for practitioners to engage with innovative and exciting ways of energising learning with HE in FE learners as it centres on delegate participation in both the main sessions and specially designed interactive workshops.
This now-annual conference, organised by the Higher Education Academy HE in FE Enhancement Team, is designed for lecturers from all disciplines who teach HE in Further Education Institutions. Held in partnership with the JISC Regional Support Centre West Midlands, and building on last year's extremely successful inaugural event, the day is certain to be over-subscribed so early booking is essential to avoid disappointment.

For the full programme and booking details please see:

Annual Conference 2009: "Student Perspectives on Employability"
Sheffield Hallam University Centre for Employability, Sheffield Hallam University
14 May 2009
The third annual conference of the Sheffield Hallam University Centre for Excellence in Employability (e3i) will focus on student perspectives on employability. Although much has been written and researched in relation to employer and academic staff perspectives on employability, hitherto there has been little research or inquiry into student views. The conference will explore how students understand the notion of employability, to what extent they deem this an important aspect of their higher education studies, the aspects of employability they feel need a greater emphasis and suggestions for programme (re)design. The conference will feature:

  • A keynote speaker from the National Union of Students
  • Findings from projects at Sheffield Hallam University where academics have been working with students on the employability aspects of their programmes
  • Workshops by other CETLs which have an employability focus
  • The launch of the STARs electronic resource, produced by Sheffield Hallam University, the Open University, and the University of Bedfordshire, which helps students transform their experiences into skills and attributes recognised as desirable by employers

The conference will be of interest to students, academics and colleagues involved in supporting student learning and the development of employability skills in a university context.

If you wish to register for the conference please contact Diane Foster on 0114 225 4735 or by email

A full programme will be made available via the e3i website

Learning on Screen 2009 Conference: Disability and Access to Moving Image and Sound
Wellcome Collection
7 and 8 April 2009

Peter White MBE, the BBC’s Disability Correspondent, will open the forthcoming conference which is being organised by the British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC). The key theme of the Learning on Screen conference in 2009 is Disability and Access to Moving Image and Sound. There will also be sessions demonstrating new online services delivering access to moving image and sound content.

The Learning on Screen Conference will offer an opportunity for academic service providers, web developers, broadcasters, educationists, advisors, publishers and representatives of disability groups to meet to see examples of best practise, to learn about new techniques and to discuss the challenge of reaching the standards of delivery required by legislation to meet the expectations of users.

Learning on Screen 2009 will take place at the Wellcome Trust. During the two days there will be opportunities to visit The Wellcome Collection's spectacular permanent and temporary exhibitions.

To book your place, please complete the booking form 

and return completed to:

Learning on Screen 2009

British Universities Film & Video Council
77 Wells Street



For any assistance please email:
Next Generation Technologies in Practice Conference
10 & 11 March 2009

This conference will be highlighting a range of major developments in multimedia social technologies, social networking and communities, virtual worlds, and next generation skills enabled by the JISC Users and Innovation programme, and explore how these developments can be actively transferred into real learning, teaching and research practice and communications.

Last year's conference focussed on user needs and applying practice; this year's conference moves on a stage further to the theme of 'Evaluation, impact and effect' - how do we get the most out of these developments, and where next?

The event is free, places are limited and the closing date for registrations is 13 February 2009, so sign up today! For further information and to book your place, please go to:
2 seminars in the University of Glasgow's Learning & Teaching Centre seminar series:
Learning & Teaching Centre, Southpark House, 64 Southpark Avenue, Glasgow G12 8LB

Accessibility - attitude of mind or adaptive computing?
Presented by Alan Crombie, Open University
Friday 13 February 2009 from 14:00-16:00

The nature of student engagement and why it matters so much
Presented by Colin Bryson, Newcastle University
Wednesday 4 March 2009 from 12:00-14:00

To book a place, please contact Lucinda Dempsie at  or on 0141 330 3370

For more information, abstracts and speaker biographies, please go to:

Seminars are free of charge and open to all.

Valuing Complexity: Celebrating Diverse Approaches to Teaching & Learning in Higher Education
AISHE-C 2009
NUI Maynooth, Ireland
27 – 28 August 2009

AISHE returns in 2009 to NUI Maynooth, for its fifth international conference. In keeping with the mission of the society and of this conference series, this is a premier venue in Ireland for presenting research and practice in higher education teaching and learning. The overarching theme of this year's conference is Valuing Complexity: Celebrating Diverse Approaches to Teaching & Learning in Higher Education. The conference showcases the best of scholarship within the island of Ireland, but also warmly welcomes international participants who can share wider experience and perspectives.

For more information please go to the website at:



The following online courses are being offered by the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development this Spring:

Reflective learning in higher education and professional development
4 March - 3 April 2009
Led by Peter Jackson
For more information please go to:

Internationalising the Curriculum
23 March - 21 May 2009
Led by Val Clifford
For more information please go to:

Engaging learning with Social Software
22 April - 22 May 2009
Led by Patsy Clarke
For more information please go to:

Dealing with Student Plagiarism
22 April - 22 May 2009
Led by Jill Pickard
For more information please go to:

For details of these and all their other courses and services please visit the web site at:

or contact Fiona Smith at
Fiona Smith
Centre Administrator
Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development

Tel: 01865 485902


Assessment in Higher Education Conference
University of Cumbria

Deadline for submissions: Friday 27 February 2009.

This second Assessment in Higher Education Conference will take place on 8 July 2009 at the University of Cumbria in Carlisle.  It builds on the successful event in 2008 as an opportunity to debate concerns and increase understanding of assessment practice.  It will provide the opportunity to share innovations and research with a particular focus on the voice of the practitioner, working to improve assessment in their programmes and institutions. 

For further information, please visit the University of Cumbria's website:

Submissions need to be sent to by email attachment or
CDLT Administrator, University of Cumbria, Bowerham Road, Lancaster, LA1 3JD

Designs on eLearning 2009
University of the Arts, London
2, 3, 4 September 2009

Call for papers: deadlne for submissions 31 March 2009.

Following on the success of previous Designs on eLearning international conferences since 2005 in the use of technology for teaching and learning in Art, Design and Communication, Designs on eLearning 2009 will be held at the University of the Arts, London between 2nd and 4th  September 2009.

They invite the submission of abstracts for consideration for full research papers, short papers and posters by 31 March 2009.

Conference Themes include
1. Mobile computing and its impact on Art, Design and Communication
2. Serious Gaming and Virtual worlds in education
3. Virtual Learning Environments in Art, Design and Communication
4. Copyright and legal issues affecting the visual arts
5. The Social and Educational Interface
6. Innovations in teaching and learning in Art, Design and Communication

Details of the conference including full list of themes, registration and online submission of papers and posters can be found at

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