Supporting staff to meet increasing challenges in Higher and Further Education

15 November 2018 - 16 November 2018

Location: Macdonald Burlington Hotel, Birmingham


Proposals for workshops, discussion papers and panel presentations are invited which address the conference topic and themes. Sessions should involve reflection, exploration, scholarship and evaluation rather than just describing activities undertaken. Proposals should also be grounded in relevant literature and research wherever possible.

All SEDA conference sessions involve active participation, discussion and development. Activities should go well beyond simply talking about topics or discussing ideas presented. Activities should involve critique, analysis, development and action planning by and with participants.

Session formats

Workshops: 45 or 90 minutes, which explore research- and practice-informed topics and include high levels of creativity, innovative thinking, critique, practical participation and action planning.

Discussion papers: 45 minutes, including no more than 20 minutes presentation with at least 25 minutes of questions and discussion / exploration, describing and exploring research, evaluation, policy and/or practice. The emphasis should be on drawing out lessons for and with others, and involving participants in engaging with your findings and ideas. Sessions that integrate presentation and discussion, rather than presentation followed by Q&A, will generally be preferred.

Panel presentations: We are also inviting presentations for chaired panel sessions. In these, sets of three 10-minute presentations on related themes will be followed by 15 minutes of panel / Q&A discussion. You may offer a single panel presentation, or you may, with colleagues, propose a suite of two or three distinct but related panel presentations.

Criteria for acceptance of proposals

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

● Contribution to the conference topic and themes;

● Clarity and coherence of the proposal, including title;

● Contribution to practice, scholarship and evaluation of educational development in further and higher education, reflecting on and informing the future of educational development;

● Likely value of session aims and outcomes to participants;

● Consistency with the SEDA Values;

● Appropriateness of session structure and specified timings in relation to session type and outcomes; and

● Active and productive engagement of participants.

Proposal Form

Proposals should be submitted electronically using this form to the SEDA office by Tuesday, 22nd May 2018 at 5pm.

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