Monthly update July 2018

Published: 17 July 2018 at 10:00

Welcome to the July 2018 Update of what's happening in learning, teaching and assessment.

Our online courses take place every month and cover topics from digital literacy to open educational resources to copyright and Canvas. Most only take a few minutes every day to complete and you gain a digital badge that you can add to your LinkedIn profile.

If you have any contributions for the September update, please drop us a line at by Friday 27 July.

CPD opportunities – July

Advanced Canvas workshop: Media
Wednesday 18 July, 2–3pm, LAB 213, Cambridge

Advanced Canvas workshop: Collaboration
Wednesday 25 July, 2–4pm, QUE 117, Chelmsford

Copyright and Canvas
Thursday 26 July, online

Google tools for student engagement
Thursday–Friday 26–27 July, online


Launch of Centre for Innovation in Higher Education

The Centre for Innovation in Higher Education was launched on Tuesday 10 July in Cambridge. Our Vice Chancellor, Iain Martin spoke at the event as well as Professor Pauline Kneale of Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory (PedRIO), Plymouth University. Over 60 guests attended. View the photographs from the launch.

Students can now see new average earnings data on Unistats

Students can see data on the average earnings by subject for each higher education provider on the Unistats website. New data from the Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) dataset links student data with data from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs and the Department of Work and Pensions to create an extensive dataset of graduates working or claiming benefits in the UK. View the Unistats site.

Digital skills crucial to the success of fourth industrial revolution

Jisc has responded to the government’s industrial strategy. The strategy notes that “within two decades, 90% of jobs will require some digital proficiency, yet 23% of adults lack basic digital skills.” Read Jisc’s response.

The Office for Students releases a new report on using evidence to improve access and participation outcomes

The Office for Students requires higher education providers to demonstrate continuous improvement by delivering activities that are demonstrably effective, strategically focused and evidence-led. Read more about why evidence and evaluation matter.

Did you know?

Our annual learning and teaching conference, Engage took place on Tuesday 26 June in Chelmsford. Photographs, illustrations and videos from the conference are being added to the learning and conference page.

Call for contributions

11th Annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Closing date: 26 July

Internationalising the Curriculum Conference (email
Closing date: 27 July

Re-examining cognitive tools: New developments, new perspectives, and new opportunities for educational technology research
Closing date: 1 August

International Perspectives in Education Conference 
Closing date: 20 August

Twenty-sixth International Conference on Learning
Closing date: 24 September

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

Research in Learning Technology
Closing date: Unknown

Journal of Education
Closing date: Unknown

Higher Education Pedagogies Journal
No closing date

American Educational Research Association (AERA) Open
No closing date 


Association of Learning Technology

Students’ learning responses to receiving dashboard data
Research in Learning Technology publishes themed collection on Playful Learning 
[Journal article]
Playful learning: tools, techniques, and tactics

EDUCASE review

Digital Transformation: What Is It?

Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI)

The big issues: equality, diversity and inclusion in higher education
The hard truth about grade inflation: Testing some hypotheses
Enough policy already; let’s get real about student mental health and wellbeing

Leadership Foundation for Higher Education

Growing at the top – developing self-awareness and confidence

Office for Students

OfS response to Reform grade inflation report
Review of our approach to fair access and participation in higher education
Tackling the geographical disparities in higher education
The 'value' of a degree is academic and vocational


Re-visioning support for disabled students in HE
Signals for some or benefit for all: grade inflation in context
Widening participation and social mobility applies to university staff as well as students


SAGE Publishing Research Methods



New staff day (email to book your place)
Date: 5 September
Location: Chelmsford

New staff day (email to book your place)
Date: 6 September
Location: Cambridge

Date: 10–14 September
Location: Cambridge and Chelmsford



< />th European Conference on Technology-Enhanced Learning
Organisation: University of Leeds
Date: 3–6 September
Location: Leeds

Virtual and Augmented Reality to Enhance Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Conference
Organisation: Swansea University
Date: 12 September
Location: Swansea

mLearn 2018 – 17th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning
Organisation: Concordia University Chicago
Date: 11–14 November
Location: Chicago, USA 


9th International Conference on Social Media & Society
Organisation: Social Media Lab, Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University
Date: 18–20 July
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

7th International Conference on Knowledge and Education Technology
Organisation: ICKET
Date: 22–24 August
Location: Edinburgh

13th European Conference on Technology-Enhanced Learning
Organisation: University of Leeds
Date: 3–6 September
Location: Leeds 

TIE 2018 – 2nd EAI International Conference on Technology, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Education
Organisation: EAI Conference
Date: 4–5 September
Location: London

ALT Annual Conference
Organisation: Association for Learning Technology
Date: 11–13 September
Location: Manchester

3rd Annual Innovative Learning Spaces Summit
Organisation: Luxatia International
Date: 20–21 September
Location: Barcelona, Spain

11th Annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Organisation: International Academy of Technology, Education and Development
Date: 12–14 November
Location: Seville, Spain

Twenty-sixth International Conference on Learning
Organisation: The Learner
Date: 24–26 July 2019
Location: Belfast

Understanding ModernGov 

Enhancing Student Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education
Date: 4 October
Location: London

Westminster Higher Education Forum

Protecting research integrity: reproducibility, the impact of the REF and improving governance
Date: 11 October
Location: London

Disability and health in the workplace - next steps for bridging the employment gap and improving support for employers
Date: 18 October
Location: London

Developing the Teaching Excellence Framework
Date: 1 November
Location: London