On Reflection: professional development for the future

22 November 1999 - 23 November 1999
Location: Manchester

Conference AimThe conference aim was to build upon the success of last year’s conference by providing an environment for participants to reflect upon and share ideas and practices related to delivering, planning, managing and researching educational and staff development.   Conference FormatThe format of the conference comprised parallel sessions of workshops, seminars and paper presentations. Keynote and plenary sessions were led by Professor Sally Brown, Director of Membership Services for the Institute for Learning and Teaching, Professor Robin Middlehurst, Director of the Centre for Continuing Education at the University of Surrey and Professor Graham Gibbs, Co-Director of the Centre for Higher Education Practice at the Open University. Conference sessions fell under four overarching themes:

  • Learning and Teaching
  • Scholarship and Research
  • Staff and Educational Development
  • Administration and Management

Conference ProgrammeDay 1 – Monday (click here for Day 2)

From 10.00am Registration and Coffee
11.00 – 11.30am Welcome: Dr Kristine Mason O’Connor – Chair, SEDA Conference Committee Professor Martin Harris – Vice Chancellor, University of Manchester
11.30 – 12.15pm Opening Keynote: Professor Sally Brown FSEDA, Director of Membership Services, Institute for Learning and Teaching Encouraging Reflective Approaches to Assessment
12.30 – 1.15pm Session 1 (papers / seminars)
1.15 – 2.25pm Lunch
2.30 – 3.15pm Keynote Address: Professor Robin Middlehurst, Director of the Centre for Continuing Education, University of Surrey Professional Development: leadership for the future
3.15 – 3.30pm Refreshments
3.30 – 4.15pm Session 2 (papers / seminars / workshops)
4.30 – 5.15pm Session 3 (papers / seminars / continuation of workshops)
5.30 – 6.45pm Transactions / Posters
7.00pm Drinks Reception
8.00pm Conference Dinner


Session 1 – Papers and Seminars Monday, 12.30 – 1.15pm

Presenter(s) Title Format
Caroline Baillie, Alison Ahearn and Petra Dodd Education Development: a distributed model Seminar
Andrew Castley FSEDA Staff Development for Reflective Practice in a Learning Organisation Seminar
Mike Cook Beyond the New Lecturer: motivations to accredit academic practice? Paper
Paul Curzon and Judith Harding Drip Fed Academic Staff Development Using a Virtual Reading Group Paper
Dr Anne Langley FSEDA Supporting and Demonstrating Reflection for Accreditation Purposes Seminar
Jennifer Moon The Assessment of Learning Journals and Other Reflective Writing Paper
Robert Ready Online Learning Fellowships Paper

Session 2 – Papers, Seminars and Workshops Monday, 3.30 – 4.15pm

Presenter(s) Title Format
Rakesh Bhanot The Who, What and Where of CPD Seminar
David Gosling and Richard Kemp Peer Observation of Teaching Research Paper
Dr Paddy Anstey 31% … Computer Skills and the HE Workforce Workshop
Hellen Barton, Ruth Goodall, Liz Aldridge, Barbara Lloyd-Smith and Sue Williams Enhancing the Learning Environment Workshop
Maggie Coats and Judith George Learning How to Learn: an exploration Workshop
Susan Jones Creating A Reflective Environment Workshop

Session 3 – Papers, Seminars and Continuation of Workshops Monday, 4.30 – 5.15pm

Presenter(s) Title Format
Ali Cooper How Teachers Learn: exploring the relationship between university teachers’ conceptual beliefs and approaches to learning to teach Seminar
David Jaques FSEDA and Erzsi Lyne de Ver The Leadership Challenge Seminar