Reaching Out

10 April 2000 - 12 April 2000
Location: Coventry

The ConferenceThe conference aimed to bring together colleagues involved in staff and educational development in HE in the UK and other parts of the world. In line with the theme, the participation of other sectors of post-compulsory teaching and learning was also encouraged. “Reaching Out” included: exploring strategies for widening participation; creating and supporting networks and partnerships; the effective use of the Internet for teaching and learning and the challenge of leadership in managing change. The title of the conference was very apposite in terms of the breadth of participants it attracted as the Senior Pro-Vice Chancellor of Coventry University, Professor Gareth Thomas, welcomed over 120 delegates from a range of UK institutions as well as from Turkey, Australia, Sweden, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Malaysia. For the majority of participants this was their first SEDA Conference; judging by their conference evaluations it won’t be their last. The format of the conference comprised parallel sessions of workshops, seminars and paper presentations. It opened at 11.00 on Monday 10 April and closed at 15.00 on Wednesday 12 April.

The conference started with a keynote presentation, Reaching Academic People: the Leadership Challenge, given by Professor Paul Ramsden, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) at the University of Sydney, pictured far right with Rakesh Bhanot, Chair of the SEDA Conference Committee. Professor Ramsden emphasised the need for clear strategic planning and implementation, and transformational leadership; he said that staff and educational development cannot progress ‘on a wing and a prayer’ but must make a business case and plan accordingly. He left delegates in no doubt of his conviction that the higher education sector is, and will be, characterised by radical change with a major driver being the new information and communications technologies.  Day two saw a further keynote address given by Professor Freda Tallantyre, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Client Services) at the University of Derby, pictured left. Her presentation lived up to its title Tearing Down the Walls: widening participation as she deftly took delegates through developments in higher education over the last fifty years including the ‘chinks in the wall’ made by access courses to the empowering of the learner through the concept of borderless education.

Following Professor Tallantyre’s session, Mark Dale, of the eQuip Project Team based at the University of Nottingham, led a plenary session entitled A Multi-Ability Curriculum – disabled students in HE. The conference closed on the third day with a final keynote address given by Lord Dearing, Chairman of the University for Industry, entitled No Hiding Place: No Choice.  Conference Themes

  • Access to Higher Education (a. transition / skills, b. widening participation)
  • Staff and Educational Development
  • On-line Learning Environments
  • On-line Learning Practice
  • Managing Change
  • Partnerships

Conference ProgrammeDay 1 – Monday

From 11.00am Registration and Coffee
11.00 – 12.00pm Demonstration – Coventry University WebCT
12.00 – 1.00pm Demonstration – Coventry University WebCT
12.30pm Lunch
2.15pm Welcome: Rakesh Bhanot – Chair, SEDA Conference Committee Professor Gareth Thomas – Senior Pro-Vice Chancellor, Coventry University
2.30 – 3.30pm Opening Keynote: Professor Paul Ramsden, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Teaching and Learning), University of Sydney Reaching Academic People: the Leadership Challenge
3.30pm Tea
4.00 – 4.45pm Parallel Session 1

  • Anita Pickerden and Ros Boyne – New Sites of Learning: Addressing the Under-Representation of Muslim Women in HE
  • Doug Haynes – On-line Phobia
  • Linda Drew – Would you credit it? Art and design lecturers conceptions of widening participation in course design
  • Bob Matthew and Pete Sayers – Making the Curriculum Inclusive
  • Penny Garrod – The HyLiFe Project: widening access to information resources
  • Dr Malcolm Andrew – Use of the Internet to Deliver Web-based Learning to Augment Traditional Methods of Teaching Undergraduate Programmes
  • Mark Stiles and Paul Orsmond – Using COSE to Manage Active Student Learning

  • Gordon Weller – Realising Graduate Potential: reaching out to under-employed new graduates to encourage lifelong learning

5.00 – 6.00pm Parallel Session 2

  • Sarah Williams – Dyslexic Students in HE
  • Glynis Cousin – Relating to Others: Reviewing Equality of Opportunity Discourse and Practice in Higher Education
  • Nick Bowskill – Networked Staff Development: A Survey of Current Practice and A Support Initiative
  • Dr Anne Dickinson – Enabling Computer Use: access for disabled people to IT skills
  • Vic Tandy – Cardboard Computer
  • Judith Harding – The Swiss Army Unicorn: the tale of a cross-institutional skills implementation strategy
  • Joan Mulholland and Trevor Carson – Collaboration not Competition in Promoting Life-Long Learning

6.30 – 7.30pm Drinks Reception and Dinner – Museum of British Road Transport


Day 2 – Tuesday

9.00 – 10.00am Keynote: Freda Tallantyre, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Client Services), University of Derby Tearing Down the Walls
10.15 – 10.45am Plenary Session: Mark Dale, eQuip Project Team A Multi-Ability Curriculum – disabled students in HE
10.45am Coffee
11.15 – 12.00pm Parallel Session 3

  • Angie Wong – Math Readiness on the Internet: Creating Flexible Pathways for Learning
  • Dr Stephen Fallows and Dr B Chandramohan – Reaching Out Brings New Challenges: Delivering an MA Degree by International Summer School
  • Marion Webb and Michael Hill – Widening Participation: the impact on learning and teaching strategies
  • Sue Drew – Supporting Key Skills on the Web
  • Mike Fuller – Supporting Student Projects and Dissertations – The Uses of the Internet
  • Dr Richard Hall and Derek Harding – Promoting Institutional Change through Effective Project Management: A Case Study of the Chic Project

  • Maggie Boyle and Pauline Kneale – Reaching Out to Employers: partnerships through Context case studies

12.15 – 1.15pm Parallel Session 4

  • Dr Fatemeh Rabiee and David Thompson – Widening Participation for Muslim Women – “Building on Experiences”
  • David Brigden, Andrew Sackville and Linda Rush – A New Course for the New Millennium (A Multi Institutional Approach to Providing CPD for Health Professionals Via An Online Supported Learning Environment)
  • Helen Beetham and Stanley Oldfield – Designing Online Activities to Empower Students in a Wired World
  • Maggie Hutchings – Computer Mediated Communication: delivering the promise to educators and learners in the 21st Century?

  • Dr S Sule Ercetin – Personal Visions of The Rectors In The Turkish Universities for The New Millennium
  • Dr A Gulsun Baskan – Organizational Visions of The Rectors In The Turkish Universities for The New Millennium

1.00pm Lunch
2.00pm Transactions / Free Time
2.30pm Tea
3.00 – 3.45pm Parallel Session 5

  • Dr Tory Young – Key Skills for A New Generation of Students
  • Margarida Dolan – One Light, Seven Colours: on the ability spectrum and course design
  • Liz McDowell – The Place of the Learner in the World of Electronic Information
  • Kyriaki Anagnostopoulou and Michelle Haynes – “At the end of the twentieth century the people of earth believed that their planet was covered by a huge net or web …”
  • Will Simpson – What Is It Like to Be a Student on an Internet-based Learning System?

  • Professor Suki Ekaratne, Professor Graham Gibbs, Dr Liz Beaty and Stephen Cox – Starting from Scratch: Issue in Leadership and Partnerships for Managing Change in Higher Education at a National Level in a Developing Country

4.00 – 5.00pm Parallel Session 6

  • Jude Carroll – Academic Dishonesty and the Internet

5.15 – 6.00pm Transactions / Posters / Interactive Demonstrations
7.30pm Conference Dinner – St Mary’s Guildhall, Coventry


Day 3 – Wednesday

9.15 – 10.00am Transactions / Posters
10.15 – 11.15am Parallel Session 7

  • Virginia King – Creating the Employable Student: strategies to support widened access to higher education
  • Peter Kandlbinder – Reaching Out to Post-graduate Supervisors
  • Dr Peter Kahn – Promoting the Development of Professionalism in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • Anne Davidson and Marina Orsini-Jones – Terms of Engagement: identifying motivational factors in students’ online learning at Coventry University
  • Robert Hunter – Implementing Networked Learning Technology

  • Alan Maddocks – The RAPID Progress File (A personal and professional development tool)
  • Roy Seden and Colleagues – Leadership for Change: identifying and enabling the leaders
  • Andrea Haworth, Ben Plumpton and Clive Young – “What’s in it for us?” Lessons learned from a UMIST partnership with a commercial training provider

11.00am Coffee
11.30 – 12.30pm Parallel Session 8

  • Susan Orr and Margo Blythman – Study Support: a means to strengthen and support widening participation initiatives
  • Bob Turner, Liz Leck, Cathy Joyce and Darren Caveney – Watering The Learning Process in Partnership
  • Anne BeigyDEVELOP and beyond
  • Dr Raja Maznah Raja Hussain – Learning about Instructional Design for Web-based Learning: A Reflection
  • David Grantham – A Step-By-Step and Pedagogically-Based Approach to Developing Electronic Learning Environments

  • Dr Noraini Idris – Constructivist Use of Internet in Teaching to Stimulate Student’s Thinking
  • Chris Cann, Jan Portillo and Allan Sutherland – Working Together to Forge Partnerships

12.15pm Lunch
2.00 – 3.00pm Final Keynote: Lord Dearing, Chairman, University for Industry No Hiding Place: No Choice
3.00pm Closing Session and Refreshments
3.30pm Conference Close