SEDA Spring Teaching, Learning and Assessment Conference 2014

Engaging Students: Engaging Staff

15 May 2014 - 16 May 2014

Location: Copthorne Hotel Newcastle

The call for contributions is now closed.

The 2014 Teaching, Learning and Assessment Conference will focus upon the theme of ‘engagement’. We invite proposals for sessions exploring this theme from both staff and student perspectives across the further and higher education sectors in the UK and internationally. We are interested in exploring research and reflections around engaging staff and students in teaching and learning as well as practical ideas for enhancing the engagement agenda in our universities and colleges.


1. Engaging staff and students
  • curriculum development·         
  • learning and teaching spaces ·        
  • research and scholarship·        
  • approaches to learning, teaching and  assessment·        
  • strategy and policy development 

2. Engaging with emerging agendas
  • student employability·        
  • internationalisation·        
  • professional recognition·        
  • blended and flexible learning 

Session formats
Proposals for posters, discussion papers and workshops are invited which address the conference themes. The emphasis should be on reflection, exploration, scholarship and evaluation rather than merely describing what is happening. SEDA conferences traditionally include sessions which involve delegates in active participation and discussion, and consequently this is a key requirement of all discussion paper and workshop proposals.

Discussion papers: (up to 25 minutes plus at least 20 minutes of questions and discussion) giving an account of research, evaluation, policy or practice with the emphasis on drawing out lessons for others and involving participants in engaging with your findings.

Workshops: (45 or 90 minutes) with the emphasis on a more detailed exploration of a research-informed issue or resource and including high levels of practical participation.

Posters: We are particularly interested in encouraging more poster presentations to facilitate discussion and debate throughout the conference. The maximum size should be A1. 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.

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 including title         
  • Contribution to scholarship and evaluation of educational development in further and higher education reflecting on the future of educational development       
  • Appropriateness of session structure and specified timings in relation to session type         
  • Session aims are of clear value to the participants

Submitting your proposal
Proposals should be submitted electronically to SEDA at, using the , by Monday 4th November 2013. 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.
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