Changing Educational Development: New Ideas, New Approaches, New Contexts

17 November 2009 - 18 November 2009
Location: Birmingham

In higher education, as in life in general, it may well be true that the only constant is change. In order to cope with change we need to constantly try new ideas and approaches. However, it may also be true that some tried and tested ideas which sound ‘old hat’ are just as good or better than new innovations.This conference will focus on how innovation can be encouraged, creative solutions enabled and new arenas embraced in higher education. It will also encourage a revisit of old ideas in new contexts, or old solutions to new problems. Pedagogies and practices will be explored – with a focus on their practical application – which enhance the learning experience for students.

Conference ThemesThe conference will seek to address the following themes:

  • Using learning spaces – old and new – creatively
  • Employing immersive technology to best effect
  • Harnessing learning technologies to benefit learning
  • Recycling effective approaches in new or different contexts
  • Enabling cross-fertilisation of good practice across disciplines and between institutions
  • Developing networks of practice

KeynotesWe are delighted that Professor Patricia Broadfoot (Vice Chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire), Colin Beard (Faculty Teaching Fellow, Sheffield Business School at Sheffield Hallam University) and Aaron Porter (Vice President (Higher Education), National Union of Students) have agreed to provide keynotes at the conference.  

The SEDA Conference ExperienceSEDA seeks to create a relaxed, welcoming and positive atmosphere at conferences, which encourages open, constructive and supportive sharing of ideas, experience and practice.

Feedback from participants at recent SEDA conferences:

  • “As always, great networking, useful sessions and lots of new ideas”
  • “A very enjoyable conference. As a first timer to SEDA I found it to be an environment that positively encouraged discussion and sharing of views and ideas at all levels”
  • “Valuable again – for fresh ideas and quiet reflection. I’ve made new contacts and re-affirmed older links. It’s been good! Thank you” 

Conference VenueThe 2009 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 Street Station. Fully residential delegates will be accommodated on-site in ensuite bedrooms.

ParticipantsThe 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

Japanese DelegationSEDA was delighted to welcome a delegation of Educational Developers from Japan (Mr Kenji Kubo, Ehime University; Mr Hiroaki Sato, Ehime University; Mr Victor Carpenter, Hirosaki University; Dr Hiroshi Kijima, Hirosaki University; Dr Akifumi Ohtaka, Hirosaki University; Dr Gary Tsuchimochi,  Hirosaki University; Ms Tayo Nagasawa, Mie University; Mr Steve Fukuda, University of Tokushima; Dr Satoshi Hashimoto, University of Tokushima; Miss Junko Kagawa, University of Tokushima; Miss Sayaka Tanaka, University of Tokushima; Mr Masanori Miyata, University of Tokushima, Ms Shimada Ikuku, Kochi Women’s University; Mr Hidenori Matano, Kochi University) to the November 09 conference in Birmingham, pictured here with Celia Popovic, Ruth Pilkington, James Wisdom and David Baume. Recent Government initiatives in Japan to insist on pedagogic development for academics in Japanese Universities led to this unprecedented interest in SEDA’s activities. We were pleased to be able to offer support and advice to our colleagues in Japan, but also to learn from their experiences in what in some senses is a very different culture, and yet one which has many resonances with the UK. We hope that this is just the beginning of a collaborative relationship between SEDA and colleagues  in Japan.Some of the delegation with Carol Baume, Celia Popovic, David Baume and Fiona Campbell. One of the Japanese participants, Masanori Miyata said ‘It was like a dream to attend the conference’. ‘So it was very useful for us to attend the conference and made friends with some UK educational developers’.

Call for ContributionsThe call for contribution is now closed.Session formats

The emphasis should be on reflection, exploration and evaluation rather than merely describing what is happening. It is also a long-standing tradition at SEDA conferences to hold sessions which involve delegates in active participation and discussion, and consequently this is a key requirement of all proposals.

Proposals for posters, papers and workshops are invited which:

  • Showcase new approaches
  • Discuss theoretical underpinnings of practical applications
  • Consider impact
  • Share experiences of innovation and implementation
  • Hear students’ voices
  • Explore research, scholarship and the evidence base.


Workshops: (

45 or 90 minutes) with the emphasis on high levels of participation

Discussion papers:

(up to 25 minutes plus at least 20 minutes of questions and discussion) giving an account of research, evaluation, policy or practice with the emphasis on drawing out lessons for others and involving participants in engaging with your findings

Posters: the maximum size should be A1. Posters will be available for participants to view throughout the conference. Additionally, there will be a timetabled poster session when presenters should be available to discuss the content with conference participants.  

Submitting your proposal

Proposals should be submitted

electronically to SEDA at, using the proposal form, by

Friday 27th March 2009. It is normal practice to accept only one contribution per individual so as to provide the opportunity for as many people to contribute as possible. It is a requirement that all presenters register as conference delegates either for the whole event or for the day of their session.

Criteria for acceptance of proposalsEach proposal will be reviewed for acceptance at the conference against the following criteria:

  • Relevance to the conference title and themes
  • Clarity and coherence of the proposal
  • Reflection and evaluation of ideas around the future of educational development, locally, institutionally, theoretically and nationally and internationally
  • Contribution to scholarship and evaluation of educational development in further and higher education
  • Clear opportunities for participants to actively engage in the session, and particularly in workshops to reflect on transferability to their own practice.


  • Full residential delegate (includes one night’s accommodation and all meals, including conference dinner)  £511.75
  • Non-residential day delegate Tuesday 17th November (inlcudes lunch and refreshments)  £172.50
  • Non-residential day delegate Wednesday 18th November (inlcudes lunch and refreshments)  £172.50
  • Conference dinner Tuesday 17th November  £40.25  
  • Bed and breakfast accommodation for the night of Monday 16th November  £86.25

Conference Programme

Day One: Tuesday 17th November

Time Session
09.15 – 09.45 Registration and tea & coffee
09.45 –10.00 Welcome and Introductions
10.00 – 10.45 Keynote address – Learning for Life: from pedagogy to partnershipProfessor Patricia Broadfoot, Vice-Chancellor, University of Gloucestershire
10.45 – 11.15 Break
11.15 – 12.00

Parallel Session 1

  1. Career Profiles of Educational Developers: looking back while looking forwardStuart Boon, Bob Mathews and Louisa Sheward
  2. From Peer Observation to Peer Learning – a case studyWill Bowen-Jones and Lerverne Barber
  3. Integrating Staff Development to Support Pedagogic Practice in eLearning: using an interdisciplinary team approachLinda Byles
  4. Using an Old Technology in a New Way or Using a New Technology in an Old Way? Exploring the use of audio feedback post-teaching observationCarole Davis and Agi Ryder
  5. SEDA’s New Fellowship Pathway; professional development for academic developers using out Professional Development FrameworkStephen Bostock and Ruth Pilkington

12.00 – 12.45 Networking and SEDA dissemination
12.45 – 13.45 Lunch
13.45 – 15.15

Parallel Session 2

  1. Déjà Interview: designing innovative activities to help find the right colleagueFiona Campbell and Elaine Mowat
  2. Extending Learning: constructing community through space designDeborah Harrop and Liz Aspden

  3. Assessment Feedback for Feeding Forward: sharing good practice across disciplines Jaki Lilly and Berenice Rivera Macias
  4. Academic Development ‘at the edge of chaos’ – what does it look, feel and sound like? Ranald Macdonald
  5. A Principled Ideal or a Flawed Reality? Unpacking our conceptions of UKPSF standard descriptor threeLiz ShrivesandNo One Knows About My Award: how can I share this?Pam Parker, Susannah Quinsee and Michael Detyna

15.15 – 15.30 Break
15.30 – 16.15

Parallel Session 3

  1. Engaging Senior Managers as Project Sponsors for Educational Development ProjectsPat Atkins, Carole Baume and Penny Bennett
  2. People, Pedagogy and Place: the student (and staff) experience of a Learning HubEmma Heron
  3. Coaching-led Approaches to PDP and Employability DevelopmentTracy Johnson
  4. On-line Collaborative Support Offered to Associate Lecturers Involved in a Programme of Action Research/Action Learning and the Ethical Implications RaisedJenny Lynden and Ieman Hassan
  5. A Journey to an Innovative User-centred Learning Technologies Provision – from VLE to Cloud ComputingUwe Matthias Richter

16.30 – 17.15

Parallel Session 4

  1. Technology and Its Role in Supporting Student Communities of PracticeJoanne Smailes and Pat Gannon Leary
  2. Pedagogy and Practice: embedding ways of learning and teaching into physical learning spaces – what’s actually happening!Hilaire Graham
  3. Online Support for CPD in Learning and Teaching: reaching a wider audienceMary McCulloch
  4. Habitus, Power, Epistemology and the UK Professional Standards – can critical pedagogy help us understand the challenges of current educational development practice?Julie Hall
  5. Cultivating the seeds of innovation. How best to engage and support staff in innovating in a scholarly, sustainable, and transferable wayPatricia Fell, Rachel Moule, Stuart Brand and Marilyn Hammick

20.30 DINNER

Day Two: Wednesday 18th November

Time Session
08.30 – 09.15 Breakfast session for people new to SEDA – come and find out more about the organisation
09.30 – 10.30

Welcome Day 2

Keynote – Infinity and Beyond: the adventure of learning Dr Colin Beard, Faculty Teaching Fellow, Sheffield Business School at Sheffield Hallam University

10.30 – 11.00 Break
11.00 – 11.45

Parallel Session 5

  1. Engaging, Nurturing and Developing Supervisor CommunitiesGina Wisker
  2. Greening Our Lecturers: support from my sustainability network Vivian Neal
  3. The Influence of Interactions With Students for the Development of New Academics as Teachers in Higher EducationIan Sadler
  4. Environmental Change: evaluating the impact of alternative teaching and learning spaces for staff and studentsAnna Richardson
  5. Learning From Experience: using an e-portfolio to support learning in a professional course for new HE lecturersCaroline Marcangelo and Sarah Chesney

11.45 – 12.45 Reading Group/Networking
12.45 – 13.45 Lunch
13.45 – 14.30

Parallel Session 6

  1. Threshold Concepts and Disciplinary Thinking: a useful tool for every context?Jan Smith
  2. Academic and Social Integration in Higher EducationKim Russell
  3. Enhancing the Experience of Merger in Academic Workgroups: a sociocultural approachSusan Mathieson
  4. Building a Continuing Relationship With PGCLTHE AlumniRachel Hudson
  5. Approaches to Supporting Curriculum DevelopmentDavid Baume

14.30 – 15.30 Keynote – The Importance of the Learner Voice in 21st Century Higher EducationAaron Porter, Vice-President (Higher Education) National Union of Students
15.30 – 15.45 Summing up and close
15.45 – 16.00 Tea and Depart