The changing face of educational development in HE – Educational Developers in 2024

16 May 2024 - 17 May 2024
Location: Liverpool

The SEDA Spring Conference 2024 will focus on the changing face of educational development in higher education. We welcome contributions from all those who lead and support effective learning and teaching practices, including educational/academic developers, learning and teaching leads, student experience professionals, learning designers/technologists, enhancement leads, and academics and other colleagues researching higher education, to share research, perspectives and practice.

As our Higher Education institutions adapt to increasing pressures on the perceived value and measured outcomes of degrees, our role to support our academic colleagues to embed new approaches has moved from thematic enhancement to regulated mandates. Challenges such as assessment reviews, engaging blended experiences and maintaining academic standards in the face of new technologies, ask educational developers to become all-rounders of higher education policy. As our business of developing reflective teachers continues, how we adapt in these environments often in third spaces requires the need to connect and share practice as a community more and more. The SEDA Spring Conference offers an opportunity for delegates to access a supportive network to work together and address our common challenges to support student and academic success. This is an opportunity to share practices you are using and the impact of these, and also to engage in some problem-solving workshops.

The Call for Contributions is now closed.

Day 1: Keynote ‘You are your best thing: Addressing differential gaps through values based, person centred education.’, Dr Iwi Ugiagbe-Green, Manchester Metropolitan University
Dr Iwi Ugiagbe-Green has over 20 years’ experience of working in higher education and nearly 15 years’ experience of supporting students in higher education.  She is Reader and a Learning Enhancement and Education Development (LEED) institutional innovation scholar at Manchester Metropolitan University, with strategic responsibility for degree award gaps and differential outcomes.  She describes herself as an academic activist and anti-racism scholar.  In the last five years her research has focused on race equity issues within the context of student education, experience, transition, and progression to graduate labour market and postgraduate study.  She developed the very successful OfS/UKRI funded ASPIRE programme and STRIVE 100 programme.  Both programmes have supported student success and led to incredible outcomes of groups of students, who are typically awarded lower degree awards or employment outcomes than other student groups.

Day 2: Opening Address and Keynote ‘Collaboration and Play: how to connect the curriculum’, Dr Alex Moseley, Anglia Ruskin University
Alex is Head of Learning and Teaching at Anglia Ruskin University, is a PFHEA and NTF. He is a leading expert in Playful Learning, chairing the Playful Learning Association and Conference since their inception, and is also a Certified Lego Serious Play® Facilitator.
Session Summary: Curricula should be co-curated with our students, staff, developers and employers: together we’ll explore this collaborative approach, drawing on playful leadership and our own agency. I really mean that: you’ll be delivering this keynote with me.

The conference will be held in Liverpool, hosted by Liverpool John Moores University in the Redmonds Building.

Conference Tickets
Tickets are available on the SEDA Eventbrite page

Member rate (whole conference)£220.00
Non-member rate (whole conference)£250.00
1 day rate (Thu)£135.00
1 day rate (Thu) – non-member£160.00
0.5 day rate (Fri)£80.00
0.5 day rate (Fri) – non-member£100.00
Drinks/canape reception rate£25.00

The venue is very close to Liverpool Lime Street Train Station and there are several hotels nearby including:
Holiday Inn Liverpool City Centre
Delta Hotels by Marriott Liverpool City Centre
Radisson Red Liverpool
Premier Inn Liverpool City Centre (Lime Street)
Liverpool Central Travelodge

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09:30 – 10:00Registration and tea and coffee, Redmonds Building (RB) 523, 5th Floor
10:00Welcome, Prof Phil Vickerman, Pro Vice Chancellor for Student Experience, Liverpool John Moores University
followed by
Keynote: You are your best thing: Addressing differential gaps through values based, person centred education, Dr Iwi Ugiagbe-Green, Manchester Metropolitan University
RB/Lecture Theatre 2, Lower Ground Floor
11:05Parallel sessions – workshops (60 mins)
11:05Workshop 1
RB/507, 5th Floor
Workshop 2
RB/519, 5th Floor
Workshop 3
RB/520, 5th Floor
 What makes an education developer? An exploration of academic and professional trajectories, Silvia Colaiacomo, University of GreenwichFuture facing academic enhancement and development: a competence-based model for ‘developing the developers’, Jenny Lawrence, Oxford BrookesWhy do educational development? An Appreciative Inquiry, John Peters, Birmingham Newman University
12:10Workshop 4
RB/507, 5th Floor
Workshop 5
RB/519, 5th Floor
Workshop 6
RB/520, 5th Floor
Curriculum design to enhance student wellbeing, Phil Carey, Liverpool John Moores University; Wendy Garner, University of Chester; Wendy Johnston, Liverpool John Moores UniversityEdD CoP: Developing Teaching and Learning through Communities of Practice, Cassie Violet Lowe, University of CambridgeFocusing and Flourishing: Using a Framework for Strategic Change in Learning, Teaching and Assessment, Alison Purvis, Sheffield Hallam University
13:15Lunch, RB/523, 5th Floor
14:00Parallel Sessions – various
14.00Lightning talks 1 (5-10 mins)
RB/507, 5th Floor
Lightning talks 2 (5-10 mins)
RB/519, 5th Floor
Lightning talks 3 (5-10 mins)
RB/520, 5th Floor
14.05Authentic Assessment: Insights from the Development of the University of Chester’s Guide, Michelle Cordingley, University of ChesterHarnessing the Power of Photovoice for Transformative Assessment, Lindsey Gaston, Liverpool John Moores UniversityIs there a chatbot for that? – Reflections on supporting Faculty as they negotiate the challenges and opportunities of GenAI, Martina Crehan, Dublin City University
14.15Illuminating Perspectives: The Queen’s Reverse Mentoring Pilot Scheme, Olivia Hamill & Kate McCorry, Queen’s University BelfastHow the University of Leeds is redesigning curricula through its ‘Curriculum Redefined’ programme. James Forde, University of LeedsProposing a framework to empower Eddevers and support their ongoing professional development, Karen Heard-Lauréote, KHL Consulting Ltd
14.25Is Academic Credit for Taught Education Development the Baby or the Bathwater? Beth Picton, Durham UniversityDimensions of Change: Educational Developers as Change Agents, Laura Milne, University of ChesterEmbedding expected standards for Learning, Teaching and Assessment across UEL using an ADKAR model, Angela Murphy Thomas, University of East London
14.35The serious role of play in educational development, Aybige Yilmaz & Aga M Buckley, Kingston UniversityInspiring good practice through meaningful peer to peer learning,
Antony Hill, University of the West of England
Educationol: A new framework to reflect on educational interventions, Marcus Pedersen, UCL
14.45Developing developers: using insights from international students’ experiences to enhance educational design, Richard de Blacquiere-Clarkson, University of LeedsHow a finance course used a reflective qualitative assignment to encourage a shift in mindset and a broader learning, Patricia Perlman-Dee, University of ManchesterThe TIRIgogy approach to continuing professional development in Higher Education, Nurun Nahar, University of Bolton
14.55Questions and commentsQuestions and commentsQuestions and comments
15:05Tea & Coffee, RB/523, 5th Floor
15:20Parallel Sessions – various
15:20Workshop 7 (45 mins)
RB/507, 5th Floor
Workshop 8 (45 mins)
RB/519, 5th Floor
Research Papers (2 x 20 mins)
RB/520, 5th Floor
15:20The long and the short of it:  dualities and dichotomies in HE today, Yvonne Hoggarth, Independent Educational ConsultantEmpowering Educators: Embracing Coaching-Based Observation Feedback in Higher Education, Daniel Cole, De Montfort UniversityThe contribution of Educational Developers to academic citizenship in higher education, David Walker, University of Brighton
Embedding EDI in Curriculum Design, Daniela de Silva, University of Westminster
16:10Plenary Panel (60 mins)
Generative AI and Educational Development: opportunity, challenge, or potential disaster? Sue Beckingham, Sheffield Hallam University; Beverley Pickard-Jones, Bangor University; Fay Short, Bangor University; Peter Hartley, Edge Hill University
RB/Lecture Theatre 2, Lower Ground Floor
17.10Day One summary and close, RB/Lecture Theatre 2, Lower Ground Floor
17.45                 Drinks and canape reception, RB/523, 5th Floor
09.30Opening Address and Keynote “Collaboration and Play: how to connect the curriculum”, Dr Alex Moseley, Anglia Ruskin University
RB/Lecture Theatre 2, Lower Ground Floor
10:30Tea and coffee, RB/523, 5th Floor
10:50Research Papers 1 (3 x 20 mins)
RB/507, 5th Floor
Research Papers 2 (3 x 20 mins)
RB/519, 5th Floor
10.55 – 11.15Trusting Educational Developers: Time to Claim the Profession, Celia Popovic, York University, Toronto, Canada & Associate Professor Mary Wilson from Wilfrid Laurier University, CanadaAre Academic Development and Educational Development really the same thing? And does it matter? Tom Cunningham, Glasgow Caledonian University
11.15 – 11.35Reimagining Academic Engagement to Meet the Diverse Needs of International Postgraduate Students, Fatema Khatun, Aston University Plus ça change?’: reflecting on change across 20 years of Educational Developers in Ireland as part of planning for the future, Claire McAvinia, TU Dublin, Ireland
11.35 – 11.55The role of academic developers in initiating, developing, and supporting student-staff partnerships, Mick Healey, Healey HE Consultants & Professor Ruth L Healey
(University of Chester)
Post-Pandemic Student Retention in Higher Education – Lessons Learned and Ways Forward, Jamie James, University of South Wales
12.00Workshop 9 (60 mins)
Change fatigue? Experimenting with a different approach to change planning and implementation, Sarah Wilson-Medhurst, SWM Consulting
RB/523, 5th Floor
13.00Summary and Conference close, RB/523, 5th Floor