Supporting HE in college settings: a new professional development award from SEDA
This new award aims to support all practitioners managers, teachers, and educational developers working in college higher education, including further education colleges, university partnerships and private providers.
SEDA is currently inviting applications for Research and Evaluation Small Grants.
Five grants are available, each of up to £1,000.
The deadline for applications is 30 January 2015.
Click here for further information.
Following more than eighteen months of discussion and a structured review process that consulted the entire SEDA community, we are pleased to announce SEDAs newly revised values.
SEDA is a values-driven organisation, committed to educational development, and underpinned by the following values:
These values are intended to inform our actions, whether as an educational developer, a teacher or a supporter of learning. They are sometimes about what we do; sometimes about why and how we do it; sometimes about what our actions are intended to achieve. So, the SEDA values are a guide for action.
The fact that the revised values may seem little changed despite much debate and several draft versions testifies to their being soundly based and widely agreed by the community.
One of the considerations was that the values needed to guide the activities of the Association and its members, whilst at the same time being relevant to the participants on SEDA-PDF accredited programmes, who may not be educational developers or teachers.
13 November 2014 – 14 November 2014, National College Learning and Conference Centre, Nottingham
In the last few years, we have seen significant change in both the technologies available to staff and students in further and higher education (e.g. the growth of tablets) and their applications (e.g. the arguments over the educational value and significance of VLEs and MOOCs). This conference will focus on both challenges and opportunities created by this rapid change, covering themes and questions which are relevant to everyone involved in educational development at module, course, faculty and institutional level.
PROPOSALS ARE DUE THIS FRIDAY (2ND MAY 2014)
For those of us in UK institutions, the end of another financially very challenging year is upon us.
This summer, SEDA has once again put together a special offer to help you spend any small budget surpluses wisely!
Buy any five different SEDA Specials for £50.00, or any four different SEDA Papers for £50.00 Postage is free. Available on orders placed before 1st August 2014.
Why not take advantage of both offers?
A full list of the publications available in this special offer is on the order form . Stocks of some publications are limited, so place an order for your summer reading as soon as possible.
Congratulations to the following individuals who have successfully completed our Supporting and Learning Educational Change course and been awarded Fellowship of SEDA.
Roisin Donnolly FSEDA, Dublin Institute of Technology
Darren Gash FSEDA, University of Surrey
Karen Hamilton FSEDA, Open University
Lisa Hayes FSEDA, University of Bedfordshire
Juliet Hinrichsen FSEDA, University of Greenwich
Deena Ingham FSEDA, Loughborough University
Kathryn James FSEDA, University of Wales, Trinity St David
Tamsin Lister FSEDA, Open University
Giles Martin FSEDA, University of Bath
Fiona McHardy FSEDA, University of Roehampton
Julian Priddle FSEDA, Anglia Ruskin University
Jen Smith FSEDA, Keele University
Penny Sweasey FSEDA, Manchester Metropolitan University
SEDA is now taking registrations for it’s courses in educational change:
all of whom have been awarded a SEDA Small Grant to undertake research into educational development practice.
Enhancing the student experience, and in particular student engagement, has become a primary focus of Higher Education. It is in particularly sharp focus as Higher Education moves forward into the uncertain world of high student fees and a developed Higher Education market. Student engagement is a hot topic, in considering how to offer value and a better student experience. Moreover it is receiving much attention all over the world and underpins so many other priorities such as retention, widening participation and improving student learning generally.
Understanding and Developing Student Engagement draws from a range of contributors in a wide variety of roles in Higher Education and all contributors are actively involved in the Researching, Advancing and Inspiring Student Engagement (RAISE) Network.
While utilising detailed case examples from UK universities, the authors also provide a critical review and distillation of the differing paradigms of Student Engagement in America, Australasia, South Africa and Europe, drawing upon key research studies and concepts from a variety of contexts.
This book uncovers the multi-dimensional nature of student engagement, utilising case examples from both student and staff perspectives, and provides conceptual clarity and strong evidence about this rather elusive notion. It provides a firm foundation from which to discuss practices and policies that might best serve to foster engagement.
Order your copy
We are pleased to announce that both Colin Bryson, Dan Derricott and Liam Jarnecki are confirmed as keynote speakers for our Engaging Students: Engaging Staff conference in May 2014.
See the conference webpage for more information
SEDA is publishing online both on its website and on its blog one of Graham Gibbs 53 Powerful Ideas All Teachers Should Know About every week for a year, with the intention of prompting debate about the underlying basis of our work.
On the blog we hope that you will comment on and discuss the ideas set out. After a year the intention is to hand over to our community and publish one idea from someone other than Graham Gibbs, each week, to continue the debate..
Follow discussions about this on Twitter using #53ideas
SEDA Papers Committee is inviting expressions of interest to write or edit a new SEDA Special on Managing Student Behaviour in HE. The call comes following discussion with members about a gap between student behaviours associated with motivation and/or readiness for HE study and educators expectations of student engagement with academic study, both classroom and assessment activities. In some cases this has led to a growing interest in workshops and sessions on this area of professional development, for which a SEDA Special would be a valuable resource.
Areas within the Special could include: non-attendance as behaviour, time management and assessment, BYOD and social media in classrooms, internationalisation and inclusion in classroom activity and the development of policy.
Full information about SEDA Specials can be found on the Publications pages of the SEDA web site. Please send expressions of interest on the Proposals Pro-forma to email@example.com by 28th April 2014, including details of the timetable for publication. Prospective authors can expect to hear back from the Committee by the end of May 2014.
The Editorial Committee of Educational Developments is looking for a new member. Ideally this would be someone who brings new elements to the group, whose members at present have a range of interests in managing or being part of units, running PGCerts and other courses, educational development consultancy and the application of new technology, with links to the Higher Education Academy and the National Union of Students.
The magazine works through four planning meetings a year at which proposals are made, ideas are discussed and articles are commissioned. There is a lot of email traffic as articles are followed up, read and edited. One or two of the group take responsibility for editing each issue, which involves dealing with any problems, preparing the articles for printing and reading the proofs after the issue is designed.
We are looking for someone with a broad knowledge of the world of educational development and who is attuned to our readership and their needs. The crucial skill is commissioning: persuading busy educational developers to write articles quickly! Educational Developments is a topical magazine with quite rapid responses.
Forthcoming meetings will take place on 6 March 2014 (at which all applications will be considered), followed by 29 May and 4 September 2014.
If you are interested in joining the board, please describe your interest and what you might bring to the task in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 28 February 2014.