Challenge to Change: enhancing the practice and scholarship of learning and teaching

02 April 2001 - 03 April 2001
Location: Glasgow

Conference AimThe conference aimed to bring together colleagues involved in staff and educational development in higher education. The participation of all parts of HE which are involved in the strategic planning, management, implementation, evaluation and practice of change in the area of learning and teaching was encouarged.Conference ThemesThe organising committee interpreted the title “Challenge to Change” to cover the following themes:

  • Changing  Roles of Staff and Students
  • The Role of C&IT
  • Increasing Diversity in the Learner Population
  • Changing Structures
  • Quality Issues
  • Research and Evaluation of Change
  • Changing Delivery Systems
  • The Learners’ Perspective

Format and ProgrammeThe format of the conference comprised parallel sessions of workshops, seminars and paper presentations.Speakers at the event were Professor Alistair MacFarlane, Acting Chief Executive of the University of the Highlands and Islands Project, and Dr Peter Wright, Assistant Director of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.Conference Venue The venue for the conference was

The Kelvin Conference Centre at The University of Glasgow. SEDA Scotland are delighted to have hosted this event at The University of Glasgow as 2001 sees the institution celebrate its 550th anniversary. In 1451, the Scottish King James II persuaded Pope Nicholas V to grant a bull authorising Bishop Turnbull of Glasgow to set up a university. Glasgow became Scotland’s second University, and the fourth in the UK. Modelled on the University of Bologna, Glasgow was, and has remained, a University in the great European tradition. The conference dinner (on the 2nd April) took place in the University Dining Rooms on the main University campus.

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

From 10.00am Registration and Coffee
11.00 – 11.30am Welcome: Bob Matthew – SEDA Alba Chair Ron Emanuel – Vice Principal (Learning and Teaching), University of Glasgow
11.30 – 12.15pm Opening Keynote Address: Dr Peter Wright, Assistant Director, Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education Giving Voice to Academic Standards: the essential role of the reference points for standards in the new method of external quality assurance for HE
12.15 – 1.25pm Lunch / Posters
1.30 – 2.15pm Parallel Session 1
2.30 – 3.15pm Parallel Session 2
3.15 – 3.40pm Refreshments
3.45 – 5.15pm Parallel Session 3
5.15pm Close – buses depart for hotel
6.00pm Drinks Reception and SEDA AGM – Jury’s Hotel
8.00pm Conference Dinner – University Dining Rooms

Parallel Session 1 (45 minute sessions) Monday, 1.30 – 2.15pm

Presenter(s) Title
Dr Henriikka Clarkeburn Ethics as a Challenge for Science Education
Steve Draper Computer Supported Co-operative Lecture Notes
Dr Andrew Comrie and Dr Helena Lim Opening Pandora’s Box? Are we really listening to what students have to say about their learning experience?
Dr Malcolm Andrew A Classroom Observation Scheme: expectations, reality and professional development
Robin Shaw Staff Development in the Visual Arts

Parallel Session 2 (45 minute sessions) Monday, 2.30 – 3.15pm

Presenter(s) Title
Godfrey Pell Action versus Traditional Learning: a comparative study at MBA
Dr Graham Rogers History ‘Online’: a constructivist approach
Vicki Simpson and Rhiannon Williams E-moderating: developing new skills for a new medium
David Brigden, Dr Andrew Sackville, Graham Lamont and Colette Balmer Riding the Roller Coaster: a joint voyage of discovery
Craig Gray From Student to Teacher: supporting graduate teaching assistant development

Parallel Session 3 (90 minute sessions) Monday, 3.45 – 5.15pm

Presenter(s) Title
Carol Higgison, Rachel Harris and Emma Templeton Developing Online Tutors: courses and materials
Vivien Martin FSEDA A Framework for Planning Development Programmes
Dr Heather McKiggan-Fee, Dr Colin Mason and Dr Bob Matthew MAPPING – Multimedia Approach to Profiles and Portfolios: INteractive Guidance
Ranald Macdonald FSEDA Problem-Based Learning: a ‘challenge to change’?
Steve Fallows and Rakesh Bhanot From Exclusivity to Inclusivity via Diversity
Klara Bolander, Bob Matthew, Colin Mason and Kate Morss Effective Lecturing: resources for staff developers