SEDA Spring Teaching Learning and Assessment Conference 2010

Communities of Learning

06 May 2010 - 07 May 2010

Location: Leeds

Call for Contributions

The call for contributions is now closed

You are invited to contribute to the SEDA Spring Teaching, Learning and Assessment Conference 2010 by leading a discussion, running a workshop or presenting a poster on an aspect of your work. This could be developmental activities or research or evaluation that informs practice. This year we are exploring teaching and learning through themes linked to communities of learning.

Session Format

We welcome proposals which address the conference themes through:

  • Evaluative reports of initiatives created in response to an aim to develop communities of learning
  • Exploring or critiquing research which examines communities of practice concerning teaching and learning
  • Reflecting upon attempts and opportunities to develop communities of learning
  • Exploring the tensions and challenges in creating communities of learning

The sessions enable reflection, exploration and evaluation of activities rather than merely describing what is happening. It is also a long-standing tradition at SEDA conferences to hold sessions which involve delegates in active participation and discussion, and consequently this is a key requirement of all proposals.

We are designing the programme around interactive sessions (either 45 or 90 minutes) and posters:

Interactive sessions: sessions may include sharing research/evaluation approaches and findings, or policy or practice. The emphasis however is upon the participants being active in the sessions and being able to share and discuss how the information being shared may be appropriate to their own practice and institution. With this is mind the session should be planned so there is approximately 50% of the time spent on participant activity and discussion.

You are welcome to present a paper which describes your research, however in this case we expect you to bring sufficient copies of the completed paper for the expected number of participants in your session (you will be advised a week or so before the conference of the number that have signed up for your session by then) and to make the paper available electronically after the conference. This may be a paper that has already been published, or one that you hope to publish in the future.

Posters: these enable you to share information about your research, evaluation, policy or practice visually. The poster should provide a stand-alone description of a topic, and/or a focus for a short discussion on the topic with a small number of people in the conference’s poster session. It is a good opportunity to share work that it is in progress rather than something where results or developments are finalised so you can gain peer feedback.

The poster should be A1 size. There should be a clear title and background to the work with a description of the approach to the work or development being discussed.  Any results /implications or follow up work should also be included. The use of a combination of pictures, graphics and text is encouraged to ensure that the messages are clear and succinct.

We reserve the right to group some 45 minute proposals into themed, chaired, 90 minute sessions.

Submitting your proposal

Proposals should be submitted using the proposal form. . All proposals should be submitted electronically to SEDA at by Friday 25th September 2009.

It is normal practice to accept only one contribution per individual so as to provide the opportunity for as many people to contribute as possible. It is a requirement that all presenters register as conference delegates either for the whole event or for the day of their session.

Criteria for acceptance of proposals

Each proposal will be reviewed for acceptance at the conference against the following criteria:

  • Relevance to the conference title and themes
  • Clarity and coherence of the proposal
  • Evidence of active engagement with the participants in the sessions, and the opportunity to reflect upon transferability to participants’ own practice
  • Reflection and evaluation of ideas around the future of educational development, locally, institutionally, theoretically and nationally and internationally
  • Contribution to scholarship and evaluation of educational development in further and higher education
  • Evidence of references to support the session
  • Completion of all sections of the proposal form
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