16th Annual SEDA Conference 2011

Using Technology to Enhance Learning

17 November 2011 - 18 November 2011

Location: Birmingham


The Call for Contributions is now closed

Call for Contributions

The November 2011 conference, to be held in Birmingham at Aston Business School Conference Centre, will focus on the pedagogy of technology enhanced learning. We invite proposals for sessions which explore the use of technology in teaching and learning, from the perspective of the underlying pedagogy. We welcome proposals for sessions that explore the effective use of all forms of technology, be that via Virtual Learning Environments, websites, telephones, podcasts, videos, audience response systems and more. The focus may be on distance learning, but it may also encompass blended learning and technology supported face to face delivery. We particularly welcome contributions that contribute towards educational development.

Session formats
The emphasis should be on reflection, exploration and evaluation rather than merely describing what is happening. It is also a long-standing tradition at SEDA conferences to encourage and promote sessions which involve delegates in active participation and discussion, and consequently this is an expectation of delegates. Proposals for posters, papers and workshops are invited which address the conference themes.


  • Creating and using learning communities online with staff or with students
  • Redesigning modules and programmes for use in online and blended learning provision
  • Effective use of technology to enhance teaching and strategies to engage staff in their use
  • Assessing and/or providing feedback online
  • Using technology to engage students in their learning development
  • Using e-technologies for educational development
  • Developing joined up approaches for all staff involved in the support of learning
  • Innovative use of social media

Workshops: (45 or 90 minutes) with the emphasis on discussion of the application of ideas or technologies. Data projectors and free WiFi internet access are available in all rooms, but if any other technology is required, presenters should bring their own. Please contact the SEDA office should you require further information.

Papers: (45 minutes) giving an account of research, evaluation, policy, practice or perspectives with the emphasis on drawing out lessons for others and involving participants.

Posters (max size A1)/demonstrations: posters will be available for participants to view throughout the conference. Additionally, there will be a timetabled poster session when presenters should be available to discuss the content with conference participants and view technology demonstrations if applicable. 

Submitting your proposal
Proposals should be submitted electronically to SEDA at conferences@seda.ac.uk, using the proposal form , by Friday 13th May 2011. 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
  • Reflection and evaluation of ideas around the future of educational development
  • Contribution to scholarship and evaluation of educational development in further and higher education
  • Clear opportunities for participants to engage in the session, and particularly in workshops to consider transferability to their own practice

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