Advancing Evidence-Informed Practice in HE Learning, Teaching and Educational Development

08 June 2006 - 09 June 2006
Location: Liverpool

Do you promote a scholarly approach to learning, teaching and educational development? We invite you to report your emerging research and evaluation evidence on effective innovations in learning, teaching and educational development in Higher Education. We also welcome sessions that synthesise research and evaluation evidence to develop a more coherent basis for practice in HE learning, teaching and educational development.

Conference Themes

The conference will seek to address the following themes:

  • Improving educational staff development through evidence-informed practice
  • Syntheses of research and evaluation evidence to provide a basis for further developments in learning, teaching and assessment practice
  • Evaluative reports on successful innovations in HE practice, such as the outcomes of nationally and locally funded learning and teaching projects, action research and classroom assessment projects
  • Evaluations of current practice in the light of the evidence-base
  • International developments in the scholarship of learning, teaching and assessment
  • Discussions of the evidence-base for effective practice in curriculum design, e-learning and strategic planning for educational change
  • Developments in research and evaluation methods to generate a greater evidence base
  • Possible concerns over the limitations of evidence-informed practice

The SEDA Conference ExperienceSEDA prides itself on creating a relaxed, welcoming and positive atmosphere at conferences, which encourages open, constructive and supportive sharing of ideas, experience and practice.

Feedback from participants at recent SEDA conferences:

  • As always, great networking, some useful sessions and lots of new ideas
  • A very enjoyable conference. As a first timer to SEDA I found it to be an environment that positively encouraged discussion and sharing of views and ideas at all levels
  • Valuable again – for fresh ideas and quiet reflection. I’ve made new contacts and re-affirmed older links. It’s been good! Thank you

A new conference contributor recently wrote:

  • I attended last year and was thoroughly impressed and found it extremely useful. I’m impressed all over again that someone from the committee is making contact to provide some support for first time presenters – I’ve never struck that before with any other group!

ParticipantsThe conference will be of particular interest to all those involved in promoting effective change in HE learning, teaching and educational development. This includes:

  • Centre of Excellence and FDTL project staff
  • Higher Education Academy staff
  • Educational and Staff Developers
  • Lecturers and teachers in further and higher education
  • National and institutional teaching fellows
  • Student service, human resources and registry staff undertaking evaluations or projects to develop effective policy, procedures and regulations affecting learning, teaching or assessment
  • Educational technologists

Conference VenueThe Thistle Liverpool has some of the best views across Liverpool and the River Mersey and is at the heart of the city’s business centre. The hotel is located on the Pierhead adjacent to the famous Liver Building, overlooking the Mersey and close to the Albert Dock, museums and theatres. It is just a 10 minute walk from Liverpool Lime Street railway station.

Conference Programme

Thursday 8th June 2006 – Day 1 (click here for day 2)Click on title to view abstract (Word docs):



09.30 – 10.30 Registration and RefreshmentsIce-breaker
10.30 – 10.45 Welcome and Introductions
10.45 – 12.00 Keynote presentations:Sarah Mann, University of GlasgowGlynis Cousin, Higher Education AcademyErik Meyer, Durham University
12.15 – 13.00 Parallel Sessions 1

  1. Facilitating Skills for Successful Undergraduate Learning: engaging students and staff in the processScott Buckler
  2. Peer Observation of Learning and Teaching: understanding the experiences of new staffPhil Carey and Carol Maynard
  3. Weaving Webs, Networks and FellowshipsGina Wisker
  4. Opening the Door to Education Research and Scholarship Within our InstitutionsJan McArthur and Karen Thomson
  5. Assessing the Mismatch Between Academic and Clinical Settings: a case study into retention and the student experienceGeraldine Francis, Steve May and Jane Gay
  6. Everything You Always Wanted to Know About SEDA but Were Afraid to Ask! Come and hear about SEDA’s work and the ways in which you can help and SEDA can help youAnthony Brand and Julie Hall

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 15.30 Parallel Sessions 2

  1. What Do You Think of it so Far? An approach to evaluating Educational DevelopmentsIvan Moore
  2. Dumbing Down or Beefing up the Curriculum: integrating an ‘academic skills framework’ into the subjectMike Keating, Cathal O’Siochru and Sal Watt
  3. The Student Voice: using students to enhance professional development practice in learning, teaching and assessment in higher educationFiona Campbell and David Green
  4. Control, Complexity, Chaos: ways of thinking about our workSue Purnell, Ian Willis and Anne Qualter

15.30 – 16.00 Refreshments
16.00 – 16.45 Parallel Sessions 3

  1. Advancing Evidence-informed Practice in Generic Skills Development: what academics think and doKate Farley, Andrew Comrie and Penny Burden
  2. Supporting Practitioner Research: some practical and philosophical problemsMary McAteer
  3. Assessment for Student EngagementLen Hand and Colin Bryson
  4. Addressing Pedagogical Issues in a Staff Development Programme for E-LearningCatherine Gerrard, Hazel Knox and David McVey
  5. Lost in Translation: staff and students negotiating liminal spacesJan Smith
  6. Using Metaphors to Help Learners Using E-Learning Resources: a critical lookLaura Dean

17.00 – 17.45 Reading Group
18.00 – 19.30 Optional Tour
19.30 Drinks Reception