SEDA is very happy to announce that the SEDA Summer Conference Brighter Future – Opportunities for Educational Change will now be held on Monday and Tuesday June 28th and 29th.

The final schedule and necessary links will be sent to all delegates and presenters by June 25.

Places are still available.

Opening with keynote, David Kernohan, Associate Editor of Wonkhe. This conference will provide opportunities to reflect, discuss and share lessons learned from the teaching approaches adopted during this academic year and discuss their implications, potential application and potential for further development. Some commentators argued that the 2020 crisis gave us unique opportunities to both ‘transform’ higher education and enhance our contribution to the broader society, e.g. the article by Fernando M. Reimers – ‘Universities can be midwife to an education renaissance’ (THE, 9/7/20). This event will allow us to explore how realistic these aspirations are and examine the most likely consequences of post-pandemic educational change.

This event will be of value to staff at all levels in Higher and Further Education who are involved in the enhancement of student learning, including educational and learning developers, course and programme leaders, Associate Deans and other managers of student learning, learning technologists, and staff in student services.

We will be addressing the following themes, via workshops, discussions and presentations:

• What have we learned from over a year of the ‘new abnormal’ in optimising the student experience through course design and delivery; learning, teaching and assessment; staff and student support; recruitment and retention; and academic development?

• How are we applying what we have learned in these, and other areas of educational change, to the design of the University Experience for the future?

• Reimagining how we engage in educational change to ensure the most positive student experience is now more critical than ever. What will be the main parameters of what will become the expected experience of those in HE&FE? How will we help ourselves, and support each other, to navigate them successfully?

You can find links to details of all the sessions in the Abstracts tap.

SEDA Summer 2021 Conference Outline programme
As we had to re-arrange this event as quickly as possible, this programme is subject
to further amendments and additions. Please go to the abstract tap to download the most up to date version.

Day One – Monday June 28th

Time Session
08.40 – 09.00 Virtual Coffee
09.00 – 09.10 Welcome and Introductions
09.10 –10.10 Keynote plus Q&A: David Kernohan from WONKHE
10.10 – 10.30 Virtual coffee
10.30 – 11.45 Session 1: Workshops

  • Reflecting on student reflections: Lessons learnt from
    delivering an online pre-arrival course to prepare students for
    remote PGT study – Anne Maria Jones
  • Ketso Connect – Learning together and apart – Joanne

11.45 – 12.00 Virtual coffee
12.00 – 12.30 Session 2: Presentations/Research

  • Is there space for fun in HE learning and teaching? – Laura Barnett and Cara Beard
  • Dimensions of development as a teacher in higher education – David Baume
  • The Big Wave of Apprenticeship: Hit or Miss? – Simon Leung

12.30-13.00 Lunch break and virtual coffee
13.00 – 13.30 SEDA PDF – short presentation and discussion about SEDA’s
Professional Development Framework
Publishing with SEDA – information, discussion and advice

13.30 – 14.10 Session 3: Workshops

  • Harnessing the power of change and uncertainty to see our
    practices differently: developing a new model to inform our
    ongoing EdDev and TEL roles – Clare Kell, Elizabeth Jones,
    and Lyndsey Muir
  • Co-creating the student experience: Accelerating and
    implementing change during and beyond the pandemic –
    Susan Smith and Dan Axson

14.10 –14.30 Virtual coffee
14.30 – 15.00 Session 4: Presentations/Discussions

  • Employer Engagement in a Pandemic Environment for
    Connected Curriculum Design – Lois Gray
  • From Digital Resistance to Enhanced Capability: Negotiating
    a pathway of change – Isabel Lucas, Amanda Chapman, and
    Andy White
  • Enhancing authentic learning through the use of smartphone
    videos – Jonathan Wilson

15.00 – 15.20 Virtual coffee

15.20 – 16.00 Session 5: Workshops

  • Expertise, student-centred learning and the 3 Circles of
    Presence – Helen King
  • Shiny METaL: Commissioning a media-enhanced teaching
    and learning environment for connected learning – Andrew

16.00 – 16.10 Plenary – Introducing Day 2
16.10 – 16.30 Virtual coffee and close

Day Two – Tuesday June 29th

Time Session
09.00 – 09.10 Welcome to Day 2
09.10 – 10.05 Keynote: Student Papers plus Q&A

  • Rethink, reimagine, and redesign teaching, learning,
    and assessment: Lessons learned and moving forward
    from remote academic experience @ University of
    Limerick – Dylan Scanlon and Niamh Kennedy
  • Student Engagement: Enhancing Our Learning
    Community @ Stirling Through Challenging Times –
    Sarah Gardiner and Arlana Yessenbayeva

10.05 – 10.35 Virtual coffee
10.35 – 11.05 Session 6 – Presentations/Discussions

  • Supporting New Computer Science Academics –
    Alastair Irons, Alan Hayes, James Davenport, and Tom
  • Cascading conversations across Professional Development Open Courses and Community in teaching and learning in Irish Higher Education – Roisin Donnelly, Caitriona Ni She, Colin Lowry, and Terry Maguire.

11.05 – 11.25 Virtual coffee
11.25 – 12.30 SEDA Plenary Panel: Reasons to be realistically optimistic

A panel of SEDA experts will address the main conference themes and offer their own perspectives on future possibilities.Our panel is David Baume, Sue Beckingham, Catriona Cunningham and Mary Fitzpatrick, chaired by Peter Hartley.

Delegates will have the opportunity to raise questions and engage with the panel during the session.
If you have a specific question for the panel to consider in advance, please email this to with the subject heading ’SEDA Plenary Panel Question’.

12.30 – 13.00 Lunch break and virtual coffee
13.00 – 13.30 SEDA PDF – short presentation and discussion about SEDA’s
Professional Development Framework
Publishing with SEDA – information, discussion and advice

13.30 – 14.10 Session 7: Workshops

  • Supporting critical thinking through purposeful classroom
    talk – Marion Heron and Hilary Wason
  • Fostering a healthy remote learning environment for
    students and educators – Ruari O’Gallchoir

14.10 – 14.30 Virtual coffee
14.30 – 15.00 Session 8: Presentations/Discussions

  • Using student internship schemes to support Ed Tech
    innovation and build foundations for a Community of
    Practice – Kiran Gawali and Helen Walkey
  • Keeping positive staff changes: taking a chance or by
    deliberate design – Sandy Cope
  • Post-pandemic possibilities: reflections on likely
    developments in learning, teaching, assessment and the
    ‘world of work’ and practical suggestions to improve the
    student (and staff) experience – Peter Hartley.

15.00 – 15.20 Virtual coffee
15.20 – 16.00 Session 9: Workshops

  • Getting Serious about Leisure: practical, research-led
    approaches to supporting staff and student wellbeing
    through leisure – Petia, Petrova, Sam Elkington, and Kat
  • Turning challenge into opportunity: Building a learning
    design framework and support model – Mark Allinson and
    Lotte Mahon

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