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Conferences: 14th Annual SEDA Conference 2009

Changing Educational Development:

New Ideas, New Approaches, New Contexts

17 - 18 November 2009
Aston Business School Conference Centre, Birmingham


In higher education, as in life in general, it may well be true that the only constant is change. In order to cope with change we need to constantly try new ideas and approaches. However, it may also be true that some tried and tested ideas which sound ‘old hat’ are just as good or better than new innovations.

This conference will focus on how innovation can be encouraged, creative solutions enabled and new arenas embraced in higher education. It will also encourage a revisit of old ideas in new contexts, or old solutions to new problems. Pedagogies and practices will be explored – with a focus on their practical application – which enhance the learning experience for students.


Conference Themes

The conference will seek to address the following themes:

  • Using learning spaces – old and new – creatively
  • Employing immersive technology to best effect
  • Harnessing learning technologies to benefit learning
  • Recycling effective approaches in new or different contexts
  • Enabling cross-fertilisation of good practice across disciplines and between institutions
  • Developing networks of practice

Conference Programme

Click here to view the conference programme.

The SEDA Conference Experience

SEDA seeks to create a relaxed, welcoming and positive atmosphere at conferences, which encourages open, constructive and supportive sharing of ideas, experience and practice.

Feedback from participants at recent SEDA conferences:

  • “As always, great networking, useful sessions and lots of new ideas”
  • “A very enjoyable conference. As a first timer to SEDA I found it to be an environment that positively encouraged discussion and sharing of views and ideas at all levels”
  • “Valuable again – for fresh ideas and quiet reflection. I’ve made new contacts and re-affirmed older links. It’s been good! Thank you”


Conference Venue

The 2009 annual conference will be held at the Aston Business School Conference Centre, which is located in Birmingham city centre, just a five minute taxi ride or fifteen minute walk from New Street Station. Fully residential delegates will be accommodated on-site in ensuite bedrooms.



The conference will be of particular interest to all those involved in promoting effective change in HE learning, teaching and educational development. This includes:

  • Educational and staff developers
  • Higher Education Academy staff
  • Lecturers and teachers in further and higher education
  • National and institutional teaching fellows
  • Centre for Excellence and FDTL staff
  • Managers of academic departments
  • Educational technologists
  • Quality assurance and enhancement policy makers


Click here to download a conference registration form.


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