20th Annual SEDA Conference

Scholarship and Educational Development: The importance of using an evidence base for Learning and Teaching

19 November 2015 - 20 November 2015

Location: St David's Hotel and Spa, Cardiff


We know that the very essence of scholarship is central not only to the content of our teaching, but also pedagogic development, and it provides an evidence based for pedagogic and academic practice.

As Boyer (1990) reminds us, �pedagogical procedures must be carefully planned, continuously examined, and relate directly to the subject taught�..teaching at its best means not only transmitting knowledge, but transforming and extending it as well�.what we urgently need to day is a more inclusive view of what it means to be a scholar.�

The value of scholarship also underpins the SEDA values �scholarship encourages learners and developers to adopt an informed, critical and analytic approach across their practice�. By drawing on alternative perspectives, theories, models, policies and research, scholarship involves us in questioning and challenging our practice. We use existing scholarly knowledge to underpin and develop our practice and that of others. -. It also underpins the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) namely A5 �engage in continuing professional development in subjects/disciplines and their pedagogy, incorporating research, scholarship and the evaluation of professional practices� and V3 �use of evidence-informed approaches and the outcomes from research, scholarship and continuing professional development.�

As educational developers, we are keen to support the scholarship of ourselves, and our colleagues, in exploring through reflection, scholarship and working with our communities so that we can develop not only ourselves and our colleagues but also the formal and informal processes we may use at different levels, personal, collective, institutional and even national and international.


  • Scholarship which supports curriculum development and has important implications for the thinking and the practice of educators and developers
  • The integration of scholarship in the practice of both staff and students
  • Innovative practice in educational development which takes advantage of scholarship
  • Supporting and encouraging integration between research and approaches to learning and teaching
  • Strategies and techniques for the critical and effective embedding of new approaches which make appropriate use of subject pedagogic scholarship
  • Scholarship as a driver for change
  • Supporting colleagues to engage in scholarly activities through developmental activities
  • Raising the profile of the scholarship of Teaching and Learning within institutions

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 a description of activities and technologies. SEDA conferences include sessions which involve delegates in active participation, discussion and development. This is a requirement of all discussion papers and workshop proposals. Activities should go beyond discussion of topics, and should involve critique, analysis, development and action planning by and with participants.

Discussion papers: (up to 25 minutes presentation plus at least 20 minutes of questions and discussion / exploration), giving an account of research, evaluation, policy or practice, with the emphasis on drawing out lessons for and with others and involving participants in engaging with your findings. Sessions which integrate presentation and discussion, rather than presentation followed by Q&A, will generally be preferred.

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 creativity, innovative thinking, critique, practical participation and action planning.

Posters and demonstrations: the maximum size of a poster 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:

  • Active and productive engagement of participants
  • 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 and informing the future of educational development
  • Appropriateness of session structure and specified timings in relation to session type
  • Likely value of session aims and outcomes to the participants
  • Consistency with the SEDA Values

Submitting your proposal

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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