Monthly update April 2017

Published: 26 April 2017 at 08:44

Welcome to the April 2017 Update of what's happening in learning, teaching and assessment.

We've just released a full programme of workshops for course leaders and opened our call for session proposals for our annual learning and teaching conference, Engage. If you have any contributions for the May update, please drop us a line at by Friday 5 May.

CPD opportunities – May and June

Talking about teaching seminar – Students’ academic induction and transitions: what does excellence look like? with Dr Adam Longcroft
Wednesday 3 May

Staff development for APRS assessors and mentors (webinar) with Dr Jaki Lilly
Thursday 4 May

Course leader workshop: The course leader role and the wider HE context with Dr Adam Longcroft
Tuesday 9 May

Open Educational Resources in 15 minutes with Jason Williams
Thursday/Friday 11/12 May

3rd Wednesday webinar – Copyright and the LMS with Jason Williams and Katy Humphreys
Wednesday 17 May

Course leader workshop: Managing a course – tools and effective leadership with Dr Adam Longcroft
Wednesday 17 May

Course leader workshop: Managing a course – tools and effective leadership with Dr Adam Longcroft
Monday 22 May

Contract cheating awareness raising workshop with Associate Professor Cath Ellis, University of New South Wales
Monday 22 May

Google tools for student engagement with Jason Williams
Thursday/Friday 25/26 May

Course leader workshop: Curriculum design for course leaders with Dr Adam Longcroft
Wednesday 14 June

Course leader workshop: Curriculum design for course leaders with Dr Adam Longcroft
Thursday 22 June

Talking about teaching seminar – What do universities mean by ‘excellent teaching’? with Dr Matthew Williamson, University of Glasgow
Friday 23 June

Engage – Annual Learning and Teaching conference
Tuesday 27 June


Apply for ARU Teaching Fellowship and/or Vice Chancellor’s Awards

There’s still time to apply for an ARU Teaching Fellowship and/or Vice Chancellor’s Award. Submission dates for both are Friday 4 May to the Dean of Faculty/Director of Service and Friday 11 May to Anglia Learning & Teaching. So if you feel that you have made outstanding contributions to learning and teaching or to the achievement of ARU’s ambitions, apply for an ARU Teaching Fellowship or Vice Chancellor’s Award

Call for session proposals

Our annual learning and teaching conference, Engage is taking place on Tuesday 27 June in Cambridge. Our call for session proposals is now open so please submit your proposal for workshops, papers or posters. You can also book your place for the conference.

Course leader workshops

A programme of workshops for course leaders will be led by Dr Adam Longcroft, starting with The course leader and the wider HE context on 9 May. View our upcoming events.

Active Learning Conference – 12 September

Our Active Learning Conference is taking place on 11 and 12 September in Cambridge. Pre-conference master classes will take place on 11 September from 14.00 to 17.00. The second day starts with a keynote followed by three one-hour slots for workshops and presentations. We’ve opened our call for proposals so please submit your proposal before 31 May.

Did You Know?

We have been awarded HEFCE Catalyst funding to expand our use of active collaborative learning materials, including team-based learning (TBL). If you’re interested in adopting TBL, please contact us

Call for Contributions

International Entrepreneurship Educators Conference
Closing date: 26 May

Engage – Annual Learning and Teaching conference
Closing date: 29 May

Active Learning Conference
Closing date: 31 May

Agile Education, Lean Learning
Closing date: 31 May

SRHE International Conference on Research into Higher Education
Closing date: 23 June

Journal of Applied Social Theory (JAST)
Closing date: Unknown

Higher Education Pedagogies Journal
No closing date


Association of Learning Technology – blogs

Book review – Selwyn, Neil 2017. Education and Technology: Key Issues and Debates

Developing a Learning Environment in WordPress

OER17: Blog posts round-up

Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) – blogs

Assessing interdisciplinary research: Would you accept the challenge?

Equality and diversity initiatives are wide-ranging and creative

A state of mind – why attitudes and beliefs matter for widening participation

Reshaping our understanding of employability

Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI)

[Paper] Reforming BTECs: Applied general qualifications as a route to higher education

Leadership Foundation for Higher Education

[Paper] Big data – disruptive, distracting or adding value? Alex Katsomitros

[Paper] Encouraging disabled leaders in higher education: recognising hidden talents Professor Nicola Martin

[Blog] Top 11 things those new to higher education need to know Rita Walters

Research in Learning Technology – The Journal of the Association for Learning Technology

Designing for learner engagement with computer-based testing Richard Walker and Zoe Handley

UK government

[Press release] Government confirms funding for EU students for 2018 to 2019


Higher Education Academy – blogs

Developing the academic resilience of our students

Bringing about change – the challenges and opportunities for academic leaders!

The TEF and Student Success – Why participation is key to Learning and Teaching



Engage – annual learning, teaching and assessment conference
Date: 27 June
Location: Cambridge

Active Learning conference
Date: 11–12 September
Location: Cambridge



Blended Learning Essentials: Embedding Practice
Organisation: Future learn
Date: 1 May

Digital Footprint
Organisation: Coursera
Date: 1 May

Higher Education Academy

HEA Annual Conference 2017 – Generation TEF: Teaching in the spotlight
Date: 4–6 July
Location: University of Manchester

NET2017 Conference – 28th International Networking for Healthcare Education
Date: 5 September
Location: Cambridge


[Conference] Networkshop
Date: 11–13 April
Location: Nottingham


6th Annual PedRIO Conference 2017
Organisation: Plymouth University
Date: 4 April
Location: Plymouth

UK Advising and Tutoring – Annual Conference 2017: Making a Difference to Student Success – Inspiring Students Through Advising and Personal Tutoring
Organisation: University of Hull
Date: 5–6 April
Location: Leeds

[Conference] Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching: Frameworks and Practice
Organisation: The Open University
Date: 6 April
Location: Milton Keynes

Change Agents Network Conference
Organisation: University of Exeter in partnership with Jisc
Date: 20–21 April
Location: Exeter

Teaching and Learning Conference
Organisation: Liverpool John Moores University
Date: 14–15 June
Location: Liverpool

[Conference] Developing Theory into Practice in Higher Education
Organisation: City University
Date: 21 June
Location: London

[Conference] European First Year Experience 2017
Organisation: Birmingham City University
Date: 28–30 June
Location: Birmingham

15th annual Academic Practice and Technology conference
Organisation: University of Greenwich
Date: 4 July
Location: Greenwich

NACADA International Conference
Organisation: NACADA
Date: 10–13 July
Location: Sheffield

Enhancing Student Learning Through Innovative Scholarship Conference
Organisation: University of Sheffield
Date: 20–21 July
Location: Sheffield


Realising Engagement through Active Culture Transformation (REACT) Conference 2017 (register interest through
Organisation: Realising Engagement through Active Culture Transformation (REACT)
Date: 2 May
Location: University of Winchester

SEDA Spring Teaching, Learning and Assessment Conference 2017: The quest for teaching and learning gain: issues resolutions and possibilities
Organisation: Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA)
Date: 11–12 May
Location: Manchester

Graduate employability and skills: designing and implementing your institutional strategy
Organisation: Universities UK
Date: 17 May
Location: London 

UK Higher Education and International Students – Maintaining a Competitive Advantage, Student Experience and Preparing for Brexit
Organisation: Policy–UK
Date: 17 May
Location: London

BME Leadership in Higher Education Summit 2017
Organisation: Leadership Foundation for Higher Education
Date: 18 May
Location: London

Echo360 Active Learning Conference EMEA
Organisation: Echo360
Date: 5-6 June
Location: London

Improving student retention in the changing higher education landscape
Organisation: Universities UK
Date: 7 June
Location: London

Widening Participation in Higher Education: Boosting Social Mobility, Fairer Access and Choice
Organisation: Public Policy Exchange
Date: 8 June<
Location: London

Science and Innovation 2017
Organisation: GovNet
Date: 13 June
Location: London

Education in Prisons: Unlocking the Potential of all Offenders
Organisation: Policy–UK Forum
Date: 13 June
Location: London

Supporting LGBT Students and Staff in Higher Education
Organisation: Westminster Briefing
Date: 14 June
Location: London

Enhancing the international student experience: effective strategies for 2017 and beyond
Organisation: Universities UK
Date: 15 June
Location: London

Standards in Sport: Ethics, Integrity and Governance
Organisation: Open Forum Events
Date: 22 June
Location: Manchester

Connecting Higher Education: International perspectives in research–based education
Organisation: UCL, University of Adelaide and McMaster University
Date: 26–28 June
Location: London 

Supporting disabled people in the workplace
Organisation: Westminster Briefing
Date: 27 June
Location: London

Leading Assessment for Learning in Higher Education
Organisation: Assessment in Higher Education
Date: 28–29 June
Location: Manchester

2017 HETL – UWS Scotland Conference
Organisation: International Higher Education Teaching & Learning Association
Date: 28–30 June
Location: Paisley, Scotland

National Association of Disability Practitioners Annual conference
Organisation: NADP
Date: 29–30 June
Location: Hinckley

The European Conference on Education 2017
Organisation: The International Academic Forum
Date: 30 June–2 July
Location: Brighton

EDULEARN – 9th Annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Organisation: International Academy of Technology, Education and Development (IATED)
Date: 3–5 July
Location: Barcelona, Spain

World Conference on Computers in Education Tomorrow’s Learning: Involving Everyone
Organisation: International Federation for Information Processing
Date: 3–6 July
Location: Dublin

Technology in Learning: Reshaping the Educational Landscape
Organisation: Open Forum Events Ltd
Date: 4 July
Location: Manchester

Diversity, inclusion and the power of staff networks
Organisation: Westminster Briefing
Date: 6 July
Location: London

15th International Conference on Education and Information Systems, Technologies and Applications
Organisation: International Institute of Informatics and Systemics
Date: 8–11 July
Location: United States

Teaching Excellence Framework: Quality, Accessibility and Student Choice
Organisation: Open Forum Events Ltd
Date: 11 July
Location: Manchester

The 1st EAI International Conference on Technology, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Education
Organisation: EAI
Date: 13–14 July
Location: Canterbury

The ICBTS 2017 International Academic Multidisciplinary Research Conference in London
Organisation: International Conference on Tourism, Transport and Technology
Date: 14–16 August
Location: London

Safeguarding against extremism in higher education
Organisation: Public Policy Exchange
Date: 5 September
Location: London

Annual conference 2017: Beyond islands of innovation – how Learning Technology became the new norm(al)
Organisation: Association for Learning Technology
Date: 5–7 September
Location: Liverpool

RAISE 2017 – Perspectives on student engagement: looking forward…thinking back
Organisation: Researching, Advancing & Inspiring Student Engagement
Date: 6–8 September
Location: Manchester

International Entrepreneurship Educators Conference
Organisation: IEEC
Date: 6–8 September
Location: Glasgow

24th International Conference on Teaching, Education and Learning (ICTEL)
Organisation: ADTEL
Date: 12–13 September
Location: London

Digitally Engaged Learning
Organisation: UAL
Date: 14–15 September
Location: London

Where next for Degree Apprenticeships?
Organisation: Westminster Employment Forum
Date: 18 October
Location: London

Developing Teaching Excellence: Supporting and developing the work of groups and teams
Organisation: SEDA
Date: 16–17 November
Location: Cardiff

Creating a culture of inclusivity for disabled students
Organisation: Policy-UK Forum
Date: 12 December
Location: London

Inside Government

Delivering High Quality Degree and Higher Apprenticeships
Date: 18 May
Location: Manchester

Promoting and Improving Student Wellbeing in Higher Education
Date: 18 May
Location: London

Increasing the Employment Prospects of UK Graduates
Date: 24 May
Location: London

Supporting Part Time and Mature Students within Higher Education
Date: 28 June
Location: London

Postgraduate Education 2017
Date: 6 July
Location: London

Westminster Higher Education Forum

Women in the tech sector: Education, company cultures and business opportunities
Date: 9 May
Location: London

Promoting and improving student wellbeing in higher education
Date: 18 May
Location: London

Meeting England’s higher-level skill needs – where next for Degree Apprenticeships?
Date: 18 October
Location: London

Technology in Higher Education – data analytics, the learning experience and next steps for MOOCs
Date: 18 October
Location: London