SEDA will be holding its Spring Conference online across 2 days on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th May 2021. Opening with keynote, David Kernohan from 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?

  • SEDA Members £75
  • Non-Members £145
  • Undergraduate Students £75

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09.00 – 09.15 Welcome and Introductions

09.15 –10.15 Keynote Address: David Kernohan

10.30 – 11.45 Parallel Session 1: Workshops

1. Taking online learning away from the screen Tab Betts

2. Reflecting on student reflections: Lessons learnt from delivering an online pre-arrival course to prepare students for remote PGT study Anne Maria Jones

3. Ketso Connect – Learning together and apart N Tippett

4. Reimagining the educational development landscape post pandemic: supporting staff in sustaining the enhancement of teaching and learning for changed times Alex Walker

12.00 – 12.30 Parallel Session 2: Presentations/Research

5. Is there space for fun in HE learning and teaching? Laura Barnett, Cara Beard 6. The Big Wave of Apprenticeship: Hit or Miss? Simon Leung

7. Cascading conversations across Professional Development Open Courses and Community in teaching and learning in Irish Higher Education Roisin Donnelly FSEDA, Caitriona Ni She, Colin Lowry, Terry Maguire

13.00-13.30 SEDA PDF

13.30 – 14.10 Parallel Session 3: Workshops

8. Evaluating the impact of embedded academic language provision Bee Bond

9. Peer Observation of Teaching in a Pandemic: Implications for Educational Development Martina, Crehan, Dr Morag Munro, Dr Muireann O’Keeffe

10. 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 FSEDA, University of South Wales, Elizabeth Jones, Lyndsey Muir

14.30 – 15.00 Parallel Session 4: Presentations/Discussions

11. Employer Engagement in a Pandemic Environment for Connected Curriculum Design Lois Gray

12. From Digital Resistance to Enhanced Capability: Negotiating a pathway of change Isabel Lucas, Amanda Chapman, Andy White

13. Enhancing authentic learning through the use of smartphone videos Jonathan Wilson

15.20-16.00 Parallel Session 4: Workshops

14. Pracademia and shifting settings: Exploring applied learning within the ‘new-abnormal’ HE environment Jill Dickinson, Teri-Lisa Griffiths

15. Establishing and maintaining Authentic Student-Staff partnerships in Higher Education Morag Munro, Maynooth University, Nicole Carr, Eddie Corr, Karla Doyle

16. Are we all digital educators now? Negotiating professional identity and agency beyond Covid-19 Pauline Rooney FSEDA, Claire McAvinia, Dr Ana Schalk

17. Shiny METaL: Commissioning a media-enhanced teaching and learning environment for connected learning Andrew Middleton

16.05 – 16.15 Plenary – Introducing Day 2

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09.00 – 09.15 Welcome to day 2

09.15 – 10.15 Keynote Address: Student Papers

10.30 – 11.45 Parallel Session 5: Workshops

18. Letters from a plague year: co-responding to change with reflective storying Jenni Carr, Catriona Cunningham, Jennie Mills, Natasha Taylor

19. A Course-Wide Approach to Curriculum Design for Blended Learning and Beyond Briony Frost, Kate Mattacks, Robert Eaton, Abby Osborne

20. Supporting Microteaching Online: Concrete Benefits of a Covid-19 practice Jonny Johnston, Pauline Rooney, Claire McAvinia, Muireann O’Keefe

21. How understanding the prior learning experiences of undergraduate students on entry can improve engagement, retention, progression and the student experience Michelle Morgan

12.00 – 12.30 Parallel Session 6: Presentations/Research

22. Supporting New Computer Science Academics Alastair, Irons SFSEDA, Alan Hayes, James Davenport, Tom Crick

23. Teaching about COVID-19 in quantitative online courses using interactive storytelling Eileen Tipoe

24. Co-creating the student experience: accelerating and implementing change during and beyond the pandemic Susan Smith, Dan Axson

13.00-13.30 SEDA PDF

13.30 – 14.10 Parallel Session 7: Workshops

25. Making the implicit explicit: Supporting international Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) Jo Collins, Nicole Brown, Jennifer Leigh

26. Supporting critical thinking through purposeful classroom talk Marion Heron, Hilary Wason

27. Expertise, student-centred learning & the 3 Circles of Presence Helen King

28. Fostering a healthy remote learning environment for students and educators Ruari O’Gallchoir

14.30 – 15.00 Parallel Session 8: Presentations/Discussions

29. Subliminal signs in a musical matrix Sam Ellis

30. Using student internship schemes to support Ed Tech innovation and build foundations for a Community of Practice Kiran Gawali, Helen Walkey

31. “These Times They Are a-Changin’” (Bob Dylan) Sarah Crowther, Ian Mckenzie Purdham, Gayle Hazelby, Jane Foggin, Deanna Taylor

32. Proyecto EstudiantELE – European Language Label Award 2020 Pilar Alderete Diez

15.20 – 16.00 Parallel Session 9: Workshops

33. Getting Serious about Leisure: practical, research-led approaches to supporting staff and student wellbeing through leisure Petia, Petrova, Sam Elkington, Kat Branch

34. Towards post-Covid collaborations: students-as-partners in digital assessment design Pauline Rooney FSEDA, Ben Ryan, Jonny Johnston

35. Turning challenge into opportunity: building a learning design framework and support model Mark Allinson, Lotte Mahon

36. In search of improved assessment feedback – persuading tutors to use more effective methods Fiona Meddings, Dr Lisa Edwards

16.05 – 16.55 Closing Plenary Panel

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