Mapping Educational Development: locations, boundaries and bridges

21 November 2006 - 22 November 2006
Location: Birmingham

Educational development is now happening in a range of different and complex environments: within the disciplines, within CETLS, in subject centres and across institutions and nations. Contexts also change from very localised curriculum development initiatives to those shaped by large internal and external agendas such as professional standards or widening participation. Educational staff development now involves a growing body of people, from e-learning tutors to teaching fellows, from project workers to consultants, trainers and educational developers, as well as traditional academic staff. At the same time, initiatives to enhance staff development can provide greater opportunities to influence institutions consistently and coherently, but are we willing or able to do so?

Conference ThemesThe key theme for this conference is

Mapping Educational Development: locations, boundaries and bridges. The sub-themes to be addressed include:

  • The interface between educational developers, staff developers and others in facilitating and driving change
  • Educational development and the culture of institutions, departments and project teams
  • Evaluations of current practice in relation to bridges and boundaries of educational development
  • The impact of local, national and international initiatives on educational development practice
  • Locating educational development in scholarly practice

The ConferenceThe format of the conference will comprise keynote addresses, parallel sessions of workshops and discussion papers. The aim, as ever, will be to share practice, research, evaluation and experience in all aspects of staff and educational development in an open and constructive atmosphere.

Feedback from participants at recent SEDA conferences:

  • Felt very welcome at my first SEDA event; really great networking; very stimulating debate and thought provoking sessions
  • Great networking opportunity; smallness of the conference creates a lovely intimacy – easy to get to know people
  • Good, friendly, supportive atmosphere; good mix of interesting areas covered

ParticipantsThe conference will be of particular interest to all those involved in promoting effective change in HE learning, teaching and development. This includes:

  • Educational and staff developers
  • Higher Education Academy staff
  • Lecturers and teachers in further and higher education
  • National and institutional teaching fellows
  • Centre of Excellence and FDTL staff
  • Managers of academic departments
  • Educational technologists
  • Quality assurance and enhancement policy makers

VenueThis year’s conference will return to the Novotel, Birmingham, located on Broad Street in the heart of the city centre. Fully residential delegates will be accommodated on-site – all rooms are en-suite. Birmingham is well served by the motorway network and parking is available at the hotel. New Street station is a short taxi ride away with regular rail links to Birmingham International Airport.

Conference Programme

Tuesday 21st November 2006 – Day 1 (click here for day 2)Click on title to view abstract (PDFs):



10.00 – 10.30am

Registration and refreshments

10.30 – 11.00am Welcome and Introductions
11.00 – 12.00am Keynote:Developing Tribes and Territories, Paul Blackmore, Coventry University
12.15 – 12.45pm Discussion Groups
12.45 – 1.45pm LUNCH
1.45 – 2.30pm Parallel Session 1

  1. Supporting Learning and Teaching Innovation and Building Research Capacity Using an E-Portfolio: University of Wolverhampton, a case studyBarbara Maiden, Brian Penfold, Tracy McCoy, Linsey Pitt and Julie Hughes
  2. Transcending Boundaries on an Innovatory Masters ProgrammePauline McLeman and Patrick Smith (with Lionel Cox, Roger Dalrymple and Karen Mitchell)
  3. Balancing Accountability and Autonomy in Academic Professional Development: initiatives and case studiesEric Parkinson and John Lea
  4. Academic Development for Intercultural Competence: mapping tensions between compliance and commitmentYvonne Turner
  5. A Case Study of Collaboration Among the Diversity of Communities of Practice in UK Higher EducationMoira Peelo and Tony Luxon
  6. Beyond Sessions and Papers: new ways to encourage educational change in institutionsBrian Irwin
  7. Pedagogic Research: shifting paradigmsShan Wareing

2.45 – 3.30pm Parallel Session 2

  1. Researching the Impact of Academic Development on Student Learning Outcomes: reflections on a national collaborative projectLorraine Stefani
  2. Tripartite Work Based Learning: a collaborative model for the future?Louise Gibson and Lynne Watret
  3. From the Comedy Clubs to the Seminar Room: bridges, boundaries and educational developmentKevin McCarron
  4. Working Together to Maximise the Impact of Small-Scale Funding on the Professional Development of Academic StaffCarol Arlett
  5. “A university education never hurt anybody who was still willing to learn after they got it” (Anon): Educational Development: how effective are current practices in improving both teaching knowledge and teaching skills?Pat Gannon-Leary and Mike McCarthy
  6. Developing Partnership for Educational Development from a CETL PerspectivePamela McKinney
  7. Embedding Inclusiveness in AssessmentAlastair Irons and Karen Newton

3.30 – 4.00pm Refreshments
4.00 – 5.30pm Parallel Session 3

  1. Becoming a Professional Educator: challenges for the induction and development of successful professionals on their appointment as academicsPeter Boyd and Liz Lawley
  2. Telling Stories: using stories to persuade and influenceSteve Outram
  3. “The creative chaos, the fuss and the argument have been a good thing. It’s changed our thinking.” A case study of the changing roles of an educational development unit in facilitating and supporting changeJulie Hall and Liz Shrives
  4. Driving Change or Being Driven? An exploration of staff development at the faculty levelJohn Cowan, Stuart Brand, Luke Millard and Nicola Bartholomew

5.30 – 6.00pm Reading Group
7.15pm Drinks Reception