Developing ourselves: a conference for educational developers, by educational developers

16 November 2010 - 17 November 2010
Location: Queen Hotel, Chester

The annual  conference will take an interesting new form this year. The event will have a number of strands running throughout the two days intended to provide an opportunity for educational developers to engage with their peers in their own professional development. The strands will include:

  • Professional Development
  • Curriculum Development
  • Evaluating Impact and Value for Money
  • Leading Educational Change
  • Educational Developers as Scholars.

Participants will have an opportunity to move between strands in order to take part in the different presentations, workshops and group activities planned for each. Other highlights of the conference will include presentations from David Green (Seattle University) and Glynis Cousin (University of Wolverhampton), focused on where educational development has come from, where we are now and where we are going and a focus on ‘big issues’ including sustainability, graduate attributes, access to HE and the student voice. There will also be opportunities to walk the labyrinth, to contribute your thoughts to the Reading Group and to focus on yourself and on your needs.Although using a different format, SEDA’s tradition of providing you with plenty of opportunities for convivial networking within the programme and social events will continue and be much in evidence. These latter will include a drinks reception and a conference dinner on the evening of 16th November. The conference will be held in Chester’s centrally-located  Queen Hotel providing you with opportunities to explore the quirky features which characterise this comfortable and welcoming hotel and to visit the beautiful historic city of Chester.



Early bird price*

Standard price

Full residential conference delegate (includes one night’s accommodation and all meals, including the conference dinner)







Non-residential day delegate Tuesday 16th November (includes lunch and refreshments)




Non-residential day delegate Wednesday 17th November (includes lunch and refreshments)





Bed and breakfast accommodation for the night of Monday 15th November





Conference dinner Tuesday 16th November





* Early bird expires on Friday 15th October.

Conference ProgrammeDay One: Tuesday 16th November09.15 – 09.45  Registration and tea & coffee  09.45 –10.00  Welcome and Introductions  10.00 – 10.45  Keynote Address:

Constructive re-alignment? UK educational development from the outside

David Green, Associate Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching in Learning, Seattle University 10.45 – 11.15  Break 11.15 – 12.00  Parallel Session 1 Strand 1 – Professional Development1. Learning Conversations: professional development through coaching and mentoring. Diana Eastcott and Emma Heron Strand 2 – Curriculum Development2. Getting started with curriculum design and development: tools and approaches for educational developers. Claire Taylor Strand 3  – Evaluating Impact and Value for Money3. Targets and performance measures in educational development: how helpful are they? Barbara Dexter Strand 4 – Leading Educational Change4. Leading educational development is like what? Exploring the use of metaphors for gaining new insights and understanding of your leadership role. Sue Thompson Strand 5 – Educational Developers as Scholars5. Getting that Bid! Ruth Pilkington and Frances Deepwell  12.00 – 12.45  Networking and SEDA dissemination  12.45 – 13.45  Lunch  Additional session: TASK (Tutor Accessibility Support Kit) – A Suite of Staff Development Resources for Inclusive Online Learning Design. George Papadopoulos13.45 – 15.15  Parallel Session 2 Strand 1 – Professional Development6. Doing better or different things rather than just doing the same things better: introducing more variety into the academic development practices we use. Ranald Macdonald Strand 2 – Curriculum Development7. Student engagement in curriculum design. Rebecca Freeman  Strand 3 – Evaluating Impact and Value for Money8. How do educational developers make an impact – and how do they know they have done? David Baume Strand 4 – Leading Educational Change9. Managing effective change interventions – what do you understand about what you do? Liz Shrives  Strand 5 – Educational Developers as Scholars10. Mini writing retreat – bring an idea and leave with an abstract, bring a piece of writing and finish it! Julie Hall  15.15 – 15.30  Break 15.30 – 16.15  Parallel Session 3 Strand 1 – Professional Development11. Panel – SEDA Qualifications Question Time. Sally Bradley (Chair) Strand 2 – Curriculum Development12. Mods and Mockers: curriculum flexibility and its consequences . David WoodmanStrand 3 – No session Strand 4 – Leading Educational Change13. Creative campus – a new approach to educational change. Louise Naylor and Jan Sellers Strand 5 – Educational Developers as Scholars14. Developing , nurturing and making use of research and research cultures in straitened times a) developing our own research and b) supporting others’ research. Gina Wisker   16.30 – 17.30Labyrinth – Jan SellersReading Group – Frances DeepwellNetworking/DowntimeTreasure Hunt in Chester – Sally Bradley 19.30  Drinks reception20.30  Dinner    Day Two: Wednesday 17th November08.30 – 09.15  Breakfast session for people new to SEDA – come and find out more about the organisation 10.00 – 10.45  Parallel Session 4 Strand 1 – Professional Development15. From eLearning to eDevelopment . Susi Peacock and Sally Bradley  Strand 2– Curriculum Development16. Designing in employability. Janet Lange Strand 3 – Evaluating Impact and Value for Money17. SESSION CANCELLED Evaluating impact and value for money: dimensions and dilemmas. Steve Outram  Strand 4 – Leading Educational Change18. Facilitation – engagement at all levels. Stuart Boon Strand 5 – Educational Developers as Scholars19. Viewing teaching – enhancing teaching by watching others. Gail Langley AND Evidence based research from a health and social care perspective. Nicky Torrance  10.45 – 11.45  Coffee and networking 11.45 – 12.30  Parallel Session 5 Strand 1 – Professional Development20. Developing one’s career as a professional: enacting your values, enhancing your expertise, and extending your network. Peter Kahn and Sally Bradley Strand 2– Curriculum Development21. Embedding research informed teaching into the curriculum: developing student skills of critical questioning . Christine Wall & Phil CareyStrand 3 Evaluating Impact and Value for Money22. Making the drinking coffee into KPIs – managing impact measures within an educational development setting. Susannah Quinsee Strand 4 Leading Educational Change23. New technologies and staff development: towards holistic development using Embedding Work-with-IT. Lesley Gourlay and Diane McDonaldStrand 5 – Educational Developers as Scholars24. Finding collaborative partners. Fran Beaton and Pam Parker12.30 – 13.30  Lunch  13.30 – 14.15  Parallel Session 6 Big Issues Issue 1 – Graduate attributes25. Graduate attributes – how shall we know them? Karen ThomsonIssue 2 – Student voice26. My learning, my curriculum so where do you come in? Jenny Eland Issue 3 – Disability friendly approaches27. The linchpin: the key role of the staff and educational developer in embedding inclusion in HE. Simon Ball Issue 4 – Sustainability28. Education for sustainable development in the curriculum: the challenge for academic development. Debby Cotton  14.15 – 15.00  Keynote Address: Developers for the 21st Century. Glynis Cousin, Director of Institute for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, University of Wolverhampton 15.00 – 15.30  Tea and Depart