Changing Educational Development: Whose Values? Whose Agendas? Whose Future?

18 November 2008 - 19 November 2008
Location: Birmingham

Educational development in higher education and HE in FE is at an important stage. In England and Northern Ireland, CETL and TQEF funding comes to an end in 2009 and we have yet to know what the future will bring. Our institutions have a renewed interest in the impact of our work, so evaluations and discussions on sustainability abound. In Scotland a different approach was taken and we are currently awaiting reports which will provide evidence of the impact to date of the enhancement-led approach, and the plans of the Scottish Higher Education Enhancement Committee (SHEEC) to take forward its strategy to support the implementation and embedding of a quality enhancement culture. In Wales, institutions are two years from the end of the Welsh Assembly Government’s ten-year strategy for higher education to 2010. While the enhancement of learning and teaching is seen as important, other agendas also come to the fore.  These have significance for the direction of our work and the values which underpin the approaches we take. What directions do we want educational development to take in the future?

We are pleased to announce that  Liz Beaty the current Director of Learning and Teaching at HEFCE has already agreed to be one of our keynote speakers and will share her vision for the way forward for learning and teaching enhancement.

Conference Themes

The conference will seek to address the following themes:

  • Sustaining and growing educational development

  • Visions and ideas about the future of learning and teaching enhancement and educational development

  • Evaluations of current practice in relation to evidencing impact

  • The impact of the local, national and international agenda on educational development practice

  • Critiques of quality enhancement, performance, excellence, project and development-based models of change in management in education

  • The role of values in developing our practice

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The conference will be of particular interest to all those involved in promoting effective change in HE learning, teaching and educational 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 for Excellence and FDTL staff

  • Managers of academic departments

  • Educational technologists

  • Quality assurance and enhancement policy makers

Conference Venue

The 2008 annual conference will be held at the Aston Business School Conference Centre, which is located in Birmingham city centre, just a five minute taxi ride or fifteen minute walk from New Stree Station. Fully residential delegates will be accommodated on-site in ensuite bedrooms.

Conference Programme

Tuesday 18th November 2008 – Day 1 (click here for day 2)

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09.15 – 09.45

Registration and coffee

09.45 – 10.00

Welcome and introductions

10.00 – 11.00


Time for Change: challenging higher educational development Dr Liz Beaty

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break
11.30 – 12.00 Discussion groups
12.00 – 12.45

Parallel Session 1

  1. Cultural, Pedagogical and Administrative Observations and Reflections on Transferring a Taught PG Cert Course to a Middle Eastern UniversityViv Lever and Adrian Brockett
  2. Should Education Managers Become Management Educators?Gill Tunney
  3. Professional Standards and Professional Bodies: common agenda for the future?Andrea Lea
  4. Stakeholders, Strategies and the Status Quo … evaluating the impact of the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Unit at a London UniversityBridget Middlemas and John Shaw
  5. “The swings and roundabouts of placement learning.” (The erosion and enhancement of skills and knowledge)Simon Bedford and Carol Martin

12.45 – 13.45 Lunch
13.45 – 15.15 Parallel Session 2

  1. Learning and Teaching and the Games Generation: does it change how we think and do in educational developmentAndré van der Westhuizen
  2. Developing a ‘Vision for Learning’: embedding enquiry-based learning in the learning culture at the University of Birmingham to promote sustainable, institution-wide learning and teaching enhancementCorony Edwards and Mike McLinden
  3. Educational, Staff and Learning Development – defining the tribes and territories and planning the campaignPeter Hartley, Becka Currant and Pete Sayers
  4. Educational Development and the CETL Assessment for Learning: visions for the future or a detour along the way?Liz McDowell
  5. Re-animating the Values Base of Our WorkDavid Baume
  6. Engaging the Professoriate: recognising and brokering the potential of professors as educational developers Bruce Macfarlane

15.15 – 15.30 Break
15.30 – 16.15

Parallel Session 3

  1. Writers’ Retreats for Academics and Postgraduate: a values based, holistic approach to professional development in academiaSarah Moore
  2. Postgraduate Certificates in Academic Practice/Learning and Teaching – should they be compulsory for new academics? Shelley Drew and Maxine Lintern
  3. The Student Skills Agenda in Higher Education – whose responsibility?Stephanie Aiken
  4. Educational Development: purpose and practice within globally oriented higher education Elizabeth Grant
  5. Old Stories, New Narrators: reworking initial professional development using e-learning to maximise inclusivity and resources Ruth Pilkington

16.30 – 17.15

Parallel Session 4

  1. Sustaining Communities of Practice: fellowships and enquiry groupsGina Wisker
  2. CPD, Who is it For, What is it For, Why Bother? Sally Bradley, Sandy Cope, Karin Crawford and Andrew Rothwell
  3. Encouraging Internationalised Practice Through CPD Lynnette Matthews
  4. Technology, Values and Academic PracticeLawrie Phipps
  5. Curriculum Design: whose agenda?Pam Houghton and Janet Lange

17.15 – 18.15 Reading Group
19.00 – 19.30

Drinks reception

19.30 Dinner