The Role of the Educational Developer in an Ever-evolving Landscape

19 May 2023
Location: Online

The role of the Educational Developer has grown and evolved over the past few years within the dynamic landscape of Higher Education and includes those in central teams but also those in faculties, schools etc and in professional service areas where this work may form one part of their role. The traditional student learning experience has evolved to one where students expect a high quality blended and hybrid learning experience, high quality learning resources and a choice of assessment approaches. New challenges such as the emergence of ChatGPT has implications for both teachers and students. All this has impacted on our role as educational developers and the demand for our support.

We are particularly keen to have you join us for one of the early events in this the 30th anniversary year of SEDA, where we can celebrate the role of educational development in enhancing the student experience.

9.30 – 9.45Welcome and Introduction Co-Chairs  
9.45 – 10.55  Dual Keynote
Redefining ‘education’ in educational development – evolution or revolution?
Professor Catriona Cunningham, Edinburgh Napier University

Professor Catriona Cunningham heads up the Department of Learning & Teaching Enhancement at the University of Edinburgh Napier in Scotland where she leads on strategic learning and teaching priorities across the institution. She is passionate about higher education and is particularly interested in interculturalism in HE, student engagement and academic identities

What do Educational Developers Really do? Professor Jackie Potter, University of Chester  
11.00 – 11.15Break

11.20 – 12.20: Lightning Talks (7 mins each x 7)

Lightning Talks 1Lightning Talks 2
What do educational developers do now? Improving student evaluation of teaching (SET) in a changing HE context, Sarah Jones, Oxford University Maintaining rigour, seeing improvement: The effectiveness of poster presentations as a culturally inclusive approach to post-graduate assessment, Lesley McLean and Laura Gerard, Edinburgh Napier University
Imposter Phenomenon in Academic Developers: Stories, Sparring and Solace? Tom Cunningham, Fiona Kennedy and Tracy Galvin Glasgow Caledonian UniversityEmbedding study skills to improve student attainment, feedback and retention, Esther Cummins and Beth Sennett, Falmouth University
Active verbs for learning outcomes: an approach to promote consistency in the design of learning outcomes, Lindsey Masson and Susan Lawrie, Robert Gordon UniversityRethinking Educational Development at NTU, Jelena Matic and Anita Love, Nottingham Trent University    
Delivering a redesigning summative assessments service for Oxford: The role of the educational developer as consultant, Jane Pritchard, University of OxfordCreating supportive student communities: enhancing students’ peer interactions with a universal training course, Jenny Stowar and Anna Baker, London School of Economics
Developing inclusive teaching toolkits at the University of Oxford, Jane Taylor, University of Oxford
Connecting the decolonial dots of educational development work, Melanie Welaratne Nottingham Trent UniversityManaging the balancing act of process and people in programme design, Clare Gormley and Rob Lowney Dublin City University
Cultivating Range in Educational Developer Role, Aga M. Buckley Kingston University LondonThe Educational Developers Role in Collaborative Course Design, Stuart Parkin and Jelena Matic Nottingham Trent University
12.20 – 13.00Plenary Session
Developing Educational Development in Slovak Higher Education Institutions, Jaromír Novák, University of Economics in Bratislava, Slovakia Jana Výškrabková, Comenius University Bratislava, Slovakia Roisín Curran, SEDA Vicky Davies, SEDA

The panel is organised as a multiplier event of a project under the Erasmus+ strategic partnerships programme, under grant number 2020-1-SK01-KA203-078299, ‘Designing holistic and sustainable educational development to improve student learning’ (HOSUED):
13.00 -13.45Lunch

13.50 – 15.20 Papers (15 minutes each x 4)

Papers 1Papers 2
Educational development in significant transformation of academic programme re-design, Zoe Allman, De Montfort UniversityThe role of educational developer in supporting the decolonisation of practice within a UK university: reflections from the field, Rebecca Turner, University of Plymouth Jennie Winter, Plymouth Marjon University Oliver Webb, University of Plymouth
How poetry can be used to better understand undergraduate students course experiences, Sam Illingworth, Edinburgh Napier UniversityCreating fully rounded academic professionals through coaching, compassion, contemplation and community, Sarah Wolfenden, Brunel University, London
In, out, shake it all about: Doing the hokey cokey as an educational developer, Joanna Hall, University of BrightonWhere are they now? In their own words: the impact of taught PGCerts accredited by Advance HE on staff learning & teaching practice and progression, Claire Loffman, Canterbury Christchurch University Chloe Courtenay, Canterbury Christchurch University      
Digital Accessibility and Higher Education- University of Westminster’s approach towards an Inclusive Learning, Amina Mahmood University of WestminsterCoaching at the Core of Staff and Academic Development, Ian Coleman, Hardeep Basra and Alasdair Blair De Montfort University    
15.30 – 16.30Plenary Session  
How should our higher education institutions respond to innovations in new AI-based language processing software (like Chat GPT)? Sue Beckingham Sheffield Hallam University, Professor Peter Hartley, Visiting Professor Edge Hill University, Professor Dawne Irving-Bell, BPP University, Mark Dawson, Coventry University  

‘ChatGPT and Me’ Learning in the age of artificial intelligence: students’ perspectives, Louise Drumm and Cameron Graham, Edinburgh Napier University  

Academic development in an age of Generative AI, Sue Attewell and Ayesha Fraz, Jisc National centre for Artificial Intelligence  

Educational Developers Dealing with Generative AI in Context, Charlie Reis and Olivia Sun, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University and Rob Lindsay, University of Liverpool  
16.30 – 16.45Summary of the day and key messages
Pam Parker and Mary Fitzpatrick, Co-Chairs

Professor Jackie Potter
Jackie is Dean of Academic Innovation at the University of Chester and a Visiting Professor at Oxford Brookes University, where she previously led the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development (OCSLD). She is Vice-Chair (out-going) of the Heads of Educational Development and holds Senior Fellowship of SEDA and Principal Fellowship of the HEA. She writes about teaching expertise and the scholarship of teaching and learning, educational change and the role(s) of educational developers. Outside work, Jackie is a keen walker in the company of her dog Monty.
LinkedIN – Jacqueline Potter
Twitter – @Jac_Potter
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The conference is free to attend for SEDA individual members and those working in SEDA member institutions.

The non-members price is £30.00.

Please book your place via our Eventbrite page.