Questioning the Impact of Staff and Educational Development

16 November 2004 - 17 November 2004
Location: Birmingham

Conference ThemesThe major theme of the conference is how we ensure that our practice as staff and educational developers is underpinned by good educational research and principles, that we appropriately evaluate and reflect on the impact of what we do, and that we review our practice in the light of the evidence we generate.

Contributors are asked to address the main conference themes as well as one or more of the following sub-themes:

  • What is the rationale for the staff and educational development approaches we use?      
  • Are we addressing needs or setting the agenda?      
  • Where and what is the impact of our actions?       
  • How do we contribute to cultural and organisational change?
  • Where do new ideas come from and how are these related to practice?
  • How do we build capacity for research, evaluation and practice in educational development?
  • What does a scholarly approach to educational development look like?
  • What is the relationship between educational research and educational development?
  • How can we create the space to be more creative and supportive of innovation and excellence?

The ConferenceThe format of the conference will comprise keynote address, parallel sessions of workshops and paper presentations.   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.ParticipantsThe conference will be of particular interest to all those who act as agents of educational change in HE provision (in HE or FE) and anyone who has a commitment to enhancing the quality of Higher Education. This includes:

  • Educational and staff developers         
  • Policy makers and institutional academic managers
  • Teachers in further and higher education
  • National and institutional teaching fellows
  • Learning support staff such as library and information staff and student support staff
  • Educational technologists
  • Staff from LTSN Subject Centres, FDTL projects, the Higher Education Academy and other initiatives such as widening participation, disability and employability   

Conference VenueThe conference is being held at the Birmingham Centre Novotel, located on Broad Street in the heart of the City Centre. Fully residential delegates will be accommodated in en-suite rooms.

Conference Programme

Day 1, 16th November 2004 (click here for day 2)

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10.00 – 10.30am

Registration and coffee

10.30 – 11.00am

Welcome and Introductions: John Peters, Chair, SEDA Conference Committee

10.45 – 12.00am

Opening Plenary: Ray Land, Graham Gibbs and Lynn McAlpine

12.00 – 12.45pm

Discussion Groups

12.45 – 2.00pm


2.00 – 2.45pm

Parallel Session 1 (6 discussion papers/2 workshops)

1.   Spreading good practice or struggling against resistance to change: how are we doing? Issues from a Swedish caseLena Adamson and Rosalind Duhs

2. Examining the impact and effectiveness of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) on the practice of Nursing and Midwifery lecturing staff in Higher EducationPatricia Wood

3. Establishing research and scholarship in collaborative programmesViv Martin

4. Embedding Staff Development in eLearning in the Production Process and Using Policy to Reinforce its EffectivenessMark Stiles and Jenny Yorke

5. Professional Dialogue – an innovative inclusion in staff developmentAnne Stevenson

6. Turning practice into strategy: from a core of enthusiasts to organisational learningStephen Greenwood

7. Taking the credit for curriculum changeJohn Davies and Gill Johnston

8. Educational developers and the architecture of an academic learning organisationTerry Wareham

3.00 – 3.45pm








Parallel Session 2 (6 discussion papers/2 workshops)

9. The contribution of staff development to the development of strategies to meet the needs of first year tertiary studentsSue Purnell

10. Evaluating the impact of project-based support for staff development: a case study for critical reviewKerry Shephard

11.  Bringing about cultural and organisational change: Discipline – based versus generic approaches to engaging staff with the disability agendaMick Healey and Phil Gravestock

3.00 – 3.45pm

12. Changed perceptions behaviours, systems and learning experiences – measuring impact of e-learning innovation at the University of SheffieldGabi Diercks-O’Brien and Adrian Powell

13.  Adapting the HE curriculum to meet the UK Life-long Learning AgendaTina Barnes Powell

14.  Promoting self-efficacy: what can staff and educational developers do?Mantz Yorke and Jo Tait

15 . ‘Managing developmentally’ – how do we know?Carole Baume

16.  The Dead Parrots Society: Questioning our Theoretical MantrasJudith Harding and Michelle Haynes

3.45 – 4.15pm


4.15 – 5.00pm

Parallel Session 3 (6 discussion papers/1 workshop)

17.  Enhancing student employability through independent learningDawn Leggott

18.  The chisel of scholarship and the hammer of values: Shaping a managerial agenda in educational developmentJamie Thompson

19.  Dissemination for what? Evaluating dissemination as a strategy for changeSue Thompson and Martyn Stewart

20.  Evaluating the imnpact of the ‘hybrid’ institiutional teaching fellow: from ‘sandwich model’ to ‘dog’s breakfast’?Marina Orsini-Jones

21.  Assessing Impact: Evaluating meaningful staff developmentSomarié Holtzhausen

22.  Professional Staff and Educational Development – Trust and AccountabilityLewis Elton

23.  “Is it really worth doing”? The impact of an initial training course in university teaching Alison Britton

5.15 – 6.00pm

Keynote/whole conference workshop – tbc


Drinks Reception