Underpinning Academic Practice with Research and Scholarship

07 May 2009 - 08 May 2009
Location: Brighton

This SEDA conference aims to reflect the rich variety of approaches to researching learning, teaching and assessment initiatives and aims to share experiences of creating and developing scholarly communities. In 1999 SEDA ran a successful spring conference entitled ‘Research and Practice in Educational Development(s): exploring the links ’. Ten years on the theme remains even more relevant in a sector which demands change and an evidence base and analysis of impact. The last decade has seen the development of new approaches to research, scholarship and evaluation, new conceptions of what it means to teach and learn and facilitate change in 21st century further and higher education and new ways in which research can inform our practice.

Conference Themes The conference will seek to address the following themes:

  • Evaluating learning, teaching and assessment practice
  • Promoting research in the curriculum
  • Supporting the scholarship of learning and teaching
  • Developing pedagogic research communities
  • Getting funded and getting published
  • Creative methodologies
  • Linking research and teaching to enhance learning.

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:

  • “Taken away some valuable and useful information/ideas and stimulating thoughts “
  • “I really enjoyed the conference and gained much from it”
  • “Lots of ideas and a great positive atmosphere”

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

  • Educational and staff developers
  • Higher Education Academy staff
  • Lecturers and teachers in further and higher education
  • National and institutional teaching fellows
  • Centre for Excellence staff
  • Managers of academic departments
  • Educational technologists
  • Policy makers
  • Researchers

Conference VenueThis year’s conference will take place in Brighton at the Thistle Hotel.  It is a stone’s-throw from the beach and a short stroll from the pier. Just round the corner are the Lanes, a labyrinth of narrow streets crammed with boutiques, antique shops, bars and restaurants. The Royal Pavilion is less than five minutes walk away. Residential delegates will be accommodated on site in en-suite rooms.

Conference ProgrammeThursday 7th May 2009 – Day 1 (click here for day 2)Click on title to view abstract (PDFs):


09.00 – 09.30

Registration and coffee

09.30 – 10.00

Welcome and introductions

10.00 – 11.00


Being and Becoming a Scholar of Teaching and LearningRonald Barnett, Emeritus Professor of Higher Education, Institute of Education

11.00 – 11.15


11.15 – 12.45

Parallel Session 1

  1. Developing Inclusive Academic Practice Through an Appreciative Inquiry Approach Val Chapman and Will Bowen-Jones

  2. Case Studies: a potential nexus for communities of practice and researchAlan Masson, Philip Turbitt and Karen Evans

  3. Doing Your Research Project With No New ResourcesSteve Outram

  4. 11.15 – 12.00: Blending Generic and Discipline-Specific Development for New Academic Staff: what do they want and what do they need?Darren Comber and Lorraine WalshAND12.00 – 12.45: Developing a Distributed Scholarly CommunityRachel Gosling, Sam Godden and Nicola Scull

  5. 11.15 – 12.00: Criteria for Effective Development of Academic Staff Through Practitioner ResearchSteve Swithenby and Laura HillsAND 11.15 – 12.00: “It’s Really Making a Difference”: a case study of how small-scale research projects can enhance teaching and learning”Barbara Dexter and Roy Seden

2.45 – 13.45


13.45 – 14.30

Parallel Session 2

  1. Researching Our PracticeVivien Martin

  2. Using Self-Coding Text Analysis Software to Evaluate Student CourseworkJohn Sweet and Trevor Austin

  3. Continuing Professional Development in Higher Education – the role of the scholarship of teaching and learning Lewis Elton

  4. Students’ Views About Research Informed Teaching – a case studyCharles Buckley

  5. Mainstreaming Research-Informed TeachingStuart Hampton-Reeves, Helen Day and Claire Mashiter

14.40 – 15.25

Parallel Session 3

  1. Issues in the Development of a Community of Pedagogic PracticeSara Briscoe and Sean Wellington

  2. Playing with Heutagogy: exploring strategies to empower mature learners in Higher Education Natalie Canning

  3. CETL Networks: sharing expertise, supporting each other Sue Morón-García

  1. What’s It Worth? Developing equivalent assessment opportunities for students with disabilities, through the use of digital video and audio recordingsBridget Middlemas, Phil Cheeseman and Pauline McInnes

  2. Learning From Internal Change Academy Processes Anne Oxley and Abbi Flint

15.25 – 15.55

Refreshment Break

15.55 – 16.40

Parallel Session 4

  1. Utilising Web2 Technologies to Help Prepare Students for HE Learning Carolyne Jacobs

  1. ‘Consider a human body floating down the River Dee’: challenges in engaging students by drawing on disciplinary-based consultancy work Carolyn Roberts

  1. Learning, Creativity and the Passage of Mental (ill) Health: translating the complexity into teaching and learning practiceOlivia Sagan

  2. Establishing and Supporting Membership in New Pedagogic Research Communities Tanyasha Yearwood

  3. Not Killing the Creative: balancing the aspirations of a multidisciplinary team at a distanceDavid White

16.45 – 17.45

Reading Group


Drinks reception at the University of Brighton