New frontiers in educational and curriculum development

14 November 2019 - 15 November 2019
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Leeds City Centre

SEDA Autumn Conference 2019 PresentationsSEDA Autumn Conference 2019 SurveySEDA 2019 Autumn Conference handbook The extent and pace of change in higher education (including of course the significant amount of higher education which takes place in FE) has increased dramatically over the last few years and there is no sign of this slowing down.

Many of the changes we have experienced have been initiated and/or compounded by wider changes in the social and economic context such as Brexit and increasing government interests and interventions, both directly and indirectly through agencies such as the Office for Students (OfS). Recent examples have included the debates about student fees, proposals for ‘two-year degrees’, differing opinions on the level of assistance that universities might receive if their financial position is threatened, and the data strategy from OfS with its implications for institutional data returns. There are also concerns which have been raised within HE such as the significant fall in part-time student numbers (UUK, 2018a).

By the time of this conference, some of the uncertainties about our national future may have been resolved so this conference will offer an invaluable opportunity to review and anticipate some of the most important issues – the ‘new frontiers’ – which will influence and shape curriculum and educational development over the next few years.

These broader social and economic changes have been accompanied by an unprecedented level of media and public scrutiny of higher education. Recent headlines and debates in both traditional and social media have included concerns about ‘value for money’, ‘grade inflation’, ‘the impact of unconditional offers’, ‘essay mills’, and the mental health and ‘wellbeing’ of both staff and students. This commentary typically offers critical and negative views of the HE experience which have stimulated universities and agencies to respond with counter-arguments and investigations (e.g. UUK, 2018b)

How far has this attention affected us to date and will its influence become more or less important?

In terms of new methods and approaches, there are a number of specific developments in educational practice which are being promoted as the next ‘transformation’ to enhance the student experience. Among these developments are: the increasing application of learner analytics; the growing number of institutions advocating and adopting assessment models which focus on programme rather than modular outcomes; and new norms of technology use such as the growing acceptance of lecture capture. Within this general theme, we welcome proposals from HE and FE which analyse/demonstrate/explain the most likely ‘new frontiers’ which will shape our future over the next decade. Proposals should focus on innovation/initiatives and/or evaluation/research which reflect our theme of ‘new frontiers’ in one or more of the following areas:

·         Learner analytics and data-driven approaches to the student experience.·         Curriculum planning and development methodologies.·         Blended/online distance learning.·         Maker pedagogy/culture·         Staff-student partnerships.·         University-employer partnerships·         Digital capabilities and technological development.·         Augmented reality (AR)/Virtual reality (VR)/Mixed Reality (MR)·         Programme, module and learning design.·         Course/programme assessment and feedback strategies.·         Professional development for staff.·         Curriculum leadership and staff roles.·         Staff and student morale and ‘wellbeing’.·         New models of curriculum delivery, such as apprenticeships.·         Review and evaluation.·         Professional identity.·         Ethical issues/frameworks.



UUK (2018a) Lost Learners. Report from Universities UK, available at

UUK (2018b) Degree classification: transparent, consistent and fair academic standards. Report from Universities UK, available at


CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS IS NOW CLOSEDProposals for workshops, discussion papers and panel presentations are invited which address the conference topics and themes. Sessions should involve reflection, exploration, scholarship and evaluation rather than just describing activities undertaken. Proposals should also be grounded in relevant literature and research wherever possible.All SEDA conference sessions involve active participation, discussion and development. Activities should go well beyond simply talking about topics or discussing ideas presented. Activities should involve critique, analysis, development and action planning by and with participants.Session formatsWorkshops: 45 or 90 minutes, which explore research- and practice-informed topics and include high levels of creativity, innovative thinking, critique, practical participation and action planning.Discussion papers: 45 minutes, including no more than 20 minutes presentation with at least 25 minutes of questions and discussion / exploration, describing and exploring research, evaluation, policy and/or practice. The emphasis should be on drawing out lessons for and with others, and involving participants in engaging with your findings and ideas. Sessions that integrate presentation and discussion, rather than presentation followed by Q&A, will generally be preferred.Criteria for acceptance of proposalsEach proposal will be reviewed for acceptance at the conference against the following criteria:● Contribution to the conference topic and themes;● Clarity and coherence of the proposal, including title;● Contribution to practice, scholarship and evaluation of educational development in further and higher education, reflecting on and informing the future of educational development;● Likely value of session aims and outcomes to participants;● Consistency with the SEDA Values;● Appropriateness of session structure and specified timings in relation to session type and outcomes; and● Active and productive engagement of participants.Proposal FormProposals should be submitted electronically using this form to the SEDA office by Monday, 20th May 2019 at 5pm.

Mark Glynn has a PhD in Chemistry, a MSc in e-learning and postgraduate certificates in Learning and Teaching in higher education and online assessment. Mark has a deep insight into the key issues for higher education in Ireland in particular the technology enhanced learning, learning analytics and flexible learning. He plays key leadership roles in promoting innovative teaching and learning methods throughout the sector and is considered to be a leading authority in the use of virtual learning environments. Mark has also had leadership roles in the Irish Learning Technology Association (ILTA) and the Educational Developers in Ireland Network (EDIN), two of the leading organisations for learning innovation in Irish higher education. 

Mark has organised a range of national and international teaching and learning conferences for higher education. The main aim of his current role is to encourage and enable staff in DCU to increase their capacity to offer flexible learning. This involves managing both organisational and pedagogical based projects.  More information is available through or his blog 

Mark has 16 publications in the last four years in the area of teaching and learning, including several presentations at international conferences. Furthermore, seven academic publications in peer reviewed journals, based on his chemistry research. These papers have over 1500 citations between them. 

Dr Michelle Morgan is an HE Consultant and until recently was Associate Professor and Associate Dean of the Student Experience in the Faculty of Media and Communications at Bournemouth University. Michelle is extensively published in the area of supporting student diversity and improving the student learning experience at undergraduate and postgraduate taught level in, through and out of the student study journey. Her two edited books that revolve around her Student Experience Transitions Model (SET) are designed to help academic and professional service colleagues support students. She has developed a free portal for staff which provides a range of information and links for anyone interested in improving the student experience in higher education 

During her varied career, Michelle has been a Faculty Manager, Researcher and Academic. She describes herself as a ‘Third Space Professional’ student experience practitioner who develops initiatives based on pragmatic and practical research. Michelle has over 50 publications and has presented over 100 national and international conference papers (including 35keynotes and 30 invited papers). Prior to her current post, she was creator and PI/Project Lead of an innovative £2.7 million 11 university collaborative HEFCE grant looking at the study expectations and attitudes of postgraduate taught (PGT) students. Michelle is a Principal Fellow of the HEA, Fellow of the AUA and an elected Council member of UKCGE.

Phil Race publishes widely on learning, teaching feedback and assessment in higher education, and details of his work can be found on his website  His passion is about ‘making learning happen’, in an approachable way, without recourse to jargon, acronyms or elitism. He is the author of the ‘ripples on a pond’ way of thinking about seven factors underpinning successful learning, based on asking over 200,000 people in many parts of the world six straightforward questions about how they learn.

His work was recognised in 2007 by the Higher Education Academy awarding him a National Teaching Fellowship, and the status of ‘Principal Fellow’ in 2012. In 2010 he was awarded the honour of ‘European Educator of the Year’ by EuroChrie, at a ceremony in Amsterdam. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Plymouth, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Education’ at Plymouth in 2012.

Conference Venue

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Leeds City Centre

Granary Wharf, 2 Wharf Approach, Leeds, LS1 4BR, United Kingdom

TEL: +44-113-2411000

Free Wi-Fi 


RoadThe hotel has a small car park which operates on a first come first served basis. There is a NCP close by on the same road as the hotel. The approximate cost is £15.00 for 24hr, £7.50 per day, for either car park     Rail To access the hotel from the train station go to forward platform 16, and pass through the exit and access barriers brings you into the main area of the front of the hotel.By coachLeeds Coach Station has express coach services to and from London, Edinburgh and many other UK cities. The bus station is only a few minutes’ walk from the city centre and the railway station.AirLeeds Bradford Airport services Leeds. The estimated taxi fare is £25.

Conference Package

Early bird price (prior to 5pm Thurs 17 October 2019)

Standard price(after 5pm Thurs 17 October 2019)

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



Student concessionary full residential conference delegate (includes one night’s accommodation and all meals, including the conference dinner) Available to full-time students only SOLD OUT £415 £475

Non-residential day delegate Thursday 14th November and Friday 15th November (includes lunch and refreshments)



Non-residential day delegate Thursday 14th November (includes lunch and refreshments)



Student concessionary non-residential day delegate Thursday 14th November (includes lunch and refreshments) Available to full-time students only £170 £195

Non-residential day delegate Friday 15th November (includes lunch and refreshments)



Student concessionary non-residential day delegate Friday 15th November (includes lunch and refreshments) Available to full-time students only £170 £195

Bed and breakfast accommodation for the night of Wednesday 13th November SOLD OUT



Conference dinner Thursday 14th November



Wednesday 14th November

We will be holding our annual annual SEDA Fellowship CPD Event the evening prior to the Conference.

Day One09.15 – 09.45 Registration and tea & coffee – FIRST FLOOR BREAKOUT AREA09.45 – 09.55 Welcome and Introductions – RUM TO TIREE 09.55 – 10.45 Opening Keynote – Mark Glynn: Does change mean progress? The challenge for Higher Education  RUM AND TIREE10.45 – 11.15 Coffee Break – FIRST FLOOR BREAKOUT AREA

10.45 – 11.15 New to SEDA? Come and find out more Clara Davies and Clare Davis (SEDA Co-Chairs) – IONA 

10.45 – 11.15 Educational Development Initiative of the Year: poster session for shortlisted applicants – FIRST FLOOR BREAKOUT AREA

11.15 – 12.45 Parallel Session 1

  1. Partners in Employability: A student-staff collaboration to support student engagement  Maria Maguire, Moira Maguire, Linda Murphy, Catherine Staunton, Nicole Byrne, Brianan Johnson, Angelina Jong, Aisling Munster, Jack Ryan, Peter Toplis, Johanna Young (THIS WAS PREVIOUSLY SESSION 15) – KERRERA
  2. Cancelled 
  3. Building an interdisciplinary community of practice to promote scholarly teaching  Peter Draper – MULL 
  4. Cancelled
  5. Opening Frontiers in Intercultural Academic Practice: Concept mapping as an equitable approach  David Killick – ORKNEY 
  6. E-Portfolios engineering professionalism and career development  Wendy Fowles-Sweet, Oliver Haslam AND Developing authentic learning experiences through a three-way partnership between students, staff and a professional body  Jonathan Wilson – TARANSAY 

12.45 – 13.30 Lunch THE LOCK13.30 – 15.00 Parallel Session 2

  1. Professional Development: Reframing the Paradigm  Helen King – RUM TO TIREE
  2. Gamifying Formative Assessments for Student Engagement: The First Real How-To  Errol Rivera, Claire Garden – MULL 
  3. Using Stage Craft to Develop Academics and their Teaching Practice in Higher Education  Maren Thom – IONA 
  4. Copyright Literacy, Open Practice and the role of academic development  Chris Morrison, Jane Secker – ORKNEY
  5. Addressing in practical ways the shifting paradigms in higher education for the 2020s  Phil Race AND Student engagement philosophy statements – a way to develop and guide praxis?  Abbi Flint – TARANSAY 
  6. Enhancement in a challenging context: evaluating the outcomes of a refreshed Peer Supported Review process  Amanda Platt AND Leveraging ambiguity in the third space: Can we use Whitchurch’s dimensions of blended professional activity to train and develop staff?  Steven White – KERRERA 

15.00 – 15.20 Break – FIRST FLOOR BREAKOUT AREA15.20 – 16.05 Parallel Session 3

  1. Using e-portfolios to support early career academic development   Julie Blackwell Young & Carol Maxwell – MULL 
  2. Teacher Competence and Questioning Skills as Predictors of Improvement of Metacognitive Skills of Students in Ahmadu Bello University Larai Lamus – KERRERA 
  3. Accesibilty, technology and the curriculum David Walker, Peter Hartley – IONA
  4. #Flops – Exploring the Challenges of Embedding Digital Literacy in a Flipped Classroom through an Application of the “Visitors – Residents” Mairead McCann, Cathy O’Kelly – ORKNEY 
  5. Storying the experiences of GTAs: Narratives of identity, agency and classroom practice  Sarah Moore, Tom Stocks – TARANSAY 

16.10 – 17.00 Educational Development Initiative of the Year – Presentations from shortlisted institutions RUM TO TIREE University Alliance – The Teaching Excellence Alliance (TEA) Sandpit – Penny Sweasey, Graham HoldenUniversity College London – ABC Learning Design – Nataša Perović, Clive YoungOpen University – Open University, Scholarship Steering Group and Centres for Scholarship and Innovation – Stefanie Sinclair17.00 – 17.45 NetworkingGetting Published with SEDA James Wisdom (Chair, SEDA Educational Developments Magazine Editorial Committee) – IONA SEDA Grants 2020 – COME AND FIND OUT MORE Rowena Senior – TARANSAY Educational Development Initiative of the Year: poster session for shortlisted applicants – FIRST FLOOR BREAKOUT AREA19.00 Drinks Reception – FIRST FLOOR BREAKOUT AREA19.30 Dinner – THE GALLERYDay Two09.00 – 09.20 Registration, tea and coffee – FIRST FLOOR BREAKOUT AREA09.20 – 09.30 Welcome to day 2 – RUM TO TIREE 09.30 – 10.20 Opening Keynote – Michelle Morgan: New frontiers in improving the way we support and relate to students  RUM TO TIREE 10.20 – 10.45 Coffee Break – FIRST FLOOR BREAKOUT AREA10.20 – 10.45 SEDA-PDF – come and find out more Roisin Curran and Ruth Pilkington, SEDA-PDF Committee Members – IONA 10.45 – 12.15 Parallel Session 4

  1. Bringing the backstage conversations front of stage: a whole organisational approach to inclusive teaching  Mary Kitchener, Jackie Potter, Kathryna Kwok – MULL 
  2. Walking the walk: Using loop input for effective blended learning on an academic practice programme for new lecturers  Clare McCullagh, Angela Buckingham – IONA 
  3. Scaling Up Active Collaborative Learning for Student Success  Jane McNeil, Sharon Waller, Simon Tweddell – KERRERA 
  4. SLEC – the online route to SEDA Fellowship – reviewing and looking ahead  Penny Sweasey – ORKNEY
  5. Cancelled 
  6. Doing it for ourselves: Collegially-developed professional educational development opportunities as a means of self-care  Sally Brown, Kay Sambell, Linda Graham – TARANSAY 

12.15 – 13.00 Lunch – THE LOCK KITCHEN AND BAR13.00 – 14.30 Parallel Session 5

  1. Inducting staff into teaching across disciplines and departments: an activity theory approach  Susan Mathieson, Roger Penlington, Linda Allin, Libby Orme, Emma Anderson, Lynn Mcinnes, Kate Black, Helen Hooper – KERRERA
  2. Collaborating in the Development and Integration of Learning Literacies: staff, student and policy approaches  Jennie Blake, Jane Secker, David Baume – IONA
  3. Strategies to engage students in meaningful learning experiences  Will Zoppellini, Dominic Cunliffe, Jon Cooper – ORKNEY
  4. The ‘Assessment Bullseye’ – engaging students via a visual feedback artefact  Rob Vinall, Juliet Eve AND Rubrics in support of Learning and assessment: how to design and integrate to curriculum planning  Cicely Roche – MULL

14.30 – 15.15 Parallel Session 6

  1. A new frontier for professional development: developing flexible pathways to recognition for those who teach in Higher Education  Laura Costelloe, Ide O’Sullivan – RUM TO TIREE
  2. Student Observation of Teaching: partnerships for individual growth and cultural change  Tim Herrick – MULL
  3. Not so quiet on the Preston front: Reflections on delivering the Academic Professional Apprenticeship at the University of Central Lancashire  Anna Hunter, Claire Stocks – IONA
  4. Mapping the Student Development Journey: Embedding Employability into the Curriculum  Aranee Manoharan – ORKNEY
  5. Professional Development at a Transnational EMI in China   Charlie Reis, Jennifer Howard – KERRERA
  6. Elected on a manifesto of popularism and then the real work begins: examining the role of campaigning in the contemporary sabbatical officers’ practice  Rebecca Turner, Jennie Winter, Ellie Russell – TARANSAY

15.15 – 15.35 Break – FIRST FLOOR BREAKOUT AREA15.35 – 16.10 Closing Keynote – Phil Race: I was born under a wandering star: where next in learning, feedback, and assessment?  RUM TO TIREE 16.10 – 16.20 Educational Initiative Development of the Year Award – RUM TO TIREE ROOM 16.20 – 16.30 Closing Comments – RUM TO TIREE ROOM