SEDA/AISHE Spring Conference 2005

Inspiring Learning: diversity and excellence

12 May 2005 - 13 May 2005

Location: Belfast

Conference Programme

Day 1, Thursday 12th May 2005 (click here for day 2)

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9.30 - 10.30am


Registration, refreshments and discussion group ice-breaker


Welcome and Introductions:

John Peters - Chair, SEDA Conference committee Sandra Griffiths - Chair, AISHE

10.45 – 12.00am

Opening Plenary and discussion group work:

Peter Hartley - University of Bradford

Desmond Hunter – University of Ulster

Beverley Milton-Edwards – Queen's University

12.15 – 1.00pm


Parallel Session 1

1. From classroom to e-learning and back again
Ruth Barrett

2. The role of engagement in inspiring teaching and learning
Colin Bryson and Len Hand

3. Diverse approaches to developing transferable skills in academic courses
Rhona Sherry, Fiona Gallagher and Juliette Péchenart

4. Foundation degrees: learning for all?
Maggie Challis

5. You will need: spare cushions, caffeine tablets and a cast-iron bladder - why are induction programmes such endurance events?
Ed Foster

6. 'That's good, but it won't work in our Department…' Diverse Approaches: how to involve your Institution and be asked back.
Anna Gannon and Miranda Carr

7. Enhancing Pedagogical Practice removing Student barriers to Learning
Joanne Smailes

12.45 – 2.00pm


LUNCH (to include AISHE book launch)

2.00 – 3.00pm


Workshop Session 1

8. Symposium – Student e-learning
Tony Churchill, Alan Masson and Vicky Davies, Norah Jones and Michael Connolly
( details to follow)

9. Symposium – Personal Development Planning
Kay Hutchfield, S Paurelle , A Jarman, K Worden and E Hurt, Kathy Monks, Edel Conway, Muireann Ni Dhuigneain and David Meehan, Tracy Johnson

10. 'Off-Piste' educational development: tackling the black runs in fostering a development community
Ranald Macdonald, Sue Thompson and Shân Wareing

11. Conversation, Motivation, Inspiration: Engagement with learning with first year students
Ruth Pickford and Sally Brown

12. Inspired by Strategy? Diverse experience among local learning and teaching leaders
David Hodgson, Deborah Anderson, Carol Gartrell, Stuart Marks, Libby Rothwell, Neil Thomas, Marion Webb

13. Squaring the Circle: using images to inspire Excellence across diverse communities of learners
Jenny Ure, Gudrun Jaegersberg, and Ashley Lloyd

3.30 – 4.00pm


4.00 – 4.45pm

Parallel Session 2

14. Blogging in Education
Lejla Rovcanin

15. The Cognitive Learning Strategies for Students (CLaSS) FDTL 4 Project: how students benefit?
Rachel Lever

16. The Case for the Defense Rests…
Tony Brand and John Sweet

17. Rural Settings: Highly Motivating for Students and their Teachers
Olive Yonge, Florence Myrick, Linda Ferguson and Florence Luhgana

18. Inspiring Care and Rigour by the use of confidence-based marking.
Tony Gardner-Medwin

19. Teacher Authenticity and a passion for ‘wonder'
Gloria Gordon

20. Supporting curriculum revision: the views and practices of educational developers in Ireland
Geraldine O'Neill

5.00 – 6.00pm

Keynote: Saranne Magennis, AISHE

6.00 – 6.30pm

Book group


Reception – Great Hall, Queen's University



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