Surviving and Thriving - Effective Innovation and Collaboration in the New Higher Education

03 November 2016 - 04 November 2016

Location: Hilton Hotel Metropole, Brighton


SEDA is inviting proposals for panel presentations, discussion papers and workshops which address the conference themes
. The emphasis should be on reflection, exploration, scholarship and evaluation rather than merely a description of activities. 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.

Session formats

Panel Presentations: In the past, a few workshops at SEDA conferences have felt more like presentations tortured into a workshop format, more or less successfully. As an experiment, we are also inviting presentations for chaired panel sessions. Sets of three 10-minute presentations on related themes will be followed by 15 minutes of panel / Q&A discussion.

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.

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

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