Monthly update March 2017

Published: 30 March 2017 at 08:44

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

Below is a list of all the staff development opportunities taking place in April and May. Two Talking about teaching seminars are taking place on Implementing a model and processes for digital literacy and on Students’ academic induction and transitions. If you have any contributions for the April update, please drop us a line at by Friday 14 April.

CPD opportunities – April and May

Google tools for student engagement with Jason Williams 
Thursday/Friday 30/31 March

Talking about teaching seminar – Implementing a model and processes for embedding digital literacy with George Evangelinos
Thursday 6 April

Teaching room technologies with Jason Williams and Sarah Gyles
Monday 10 April

Google tools for student engagement with Jason Williams
Thursday/Friday 27/28 March

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

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

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

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


Canvas staff development programme released

We are running workshops and drop-in sessions to prepare you for our new LMS, Canvas. They include How to build a module in Canvas, Explore Canvas, and Advanced Canvas. You can view dates and book on the IT Services Events page.

Awards season is (still) here

If you feel you’ve made a major contribution to the achievement of ARU’s ambitions and/or would like funding to support your learning and teaching project, you can still apply for an Anglia Ruskin University Teaching Fellowship, Vice Chancellor’s Award, and the Learning and Teaching Project Funding.

Good teaching exchange

The Good teaching exchange is a place where we share good teaching practice at our University. The exchange includes resources such as videos, papers, research papers, podcasts and presentations. If you would like to share your good teaching practice, please contact us.

Did You Know?

We recently did an overhaul of the Anglia Learning & Teaching website. It’s now part of the Anglia Ruskin website and we’ve done some reorganising. There are three main sections: Good teaching practice and innovation, CPD opportunities, and Awards and recognition. Good teaching practice and innovation focuses on innovative approaches to learning and teaching practice, and includes resources such as videos, reports and snapshots. CPD opportunities includes upcoming events as well as past events and resources. Awards and recognition gives details about the various award schemes we administer. If you have any feedback about the new website, please let us by emailing us at

Call for Contributions

15th International Conference on Education and Information Systems, Technologies and Applications
Closing date: 5 April

15th annual Academic Practice and Technology conference 2017
Closing date: 7 April

Enhancing Student Learning Through Innovative Scholarship Conference
Closing date: 21 April

International Entrepreneurship Educators Conference
Closing date: 26 May

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

Higher Education Pedagogies Journal
No closing date


Association of Learning Technology – blogs

#23things – how taking part turned into a digital knowledge habit

Rich media for learning

7 tips for developing a learning analytics policy

Outstanding use of technology for improving teaching, learning and assessment in Further Education 2017

Using Camtasia 9: Two Perspectives

Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) – blogs

Funding for higher education in England for higher education in England for 2017–18: HEFCE grant letter from the Department for Education

Postgraduate and undergraduate student numbers at record highs

Interdisciplinary policy and practice: Conference report published

Financial health of the higher education sector: a variable picture

Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI)

[Paper] Rebooting learning for the digital age: What next for technology-enhanced higher education?

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

Effective e-learning? Multi-tasking, distractions and boundary management by graduate students in an online environment Jennie Winter, Debby Cotton, Joan Gavin and Jon D. Yorke


Higher Education Academy

[Blog] Can curriculum development be guided by product design?

[Report] Enhancing access, retention, attainment and progression in higher education

[Report] Employability: A review of the literature 2012 to 2016



Participatory Inquiry Forum (email to book your place)
Date: 12 April
Location: Chelmsford

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

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


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


Digital Classroom Roadshow
Organisation: RIBA
Date: 4–6 April
Location: London

[Conference] #OER17: The Politics of Open
Organisation: Association for Learning Technology
Date: 5–6 April
Location: London

ALDinHE 2017: The Learning Development Conference
Organisation: Association for Learning Development in Higher Education
Date: 10–12 April
Location: University of Hull

[Conference] Talis Insight Europe 2017
Organisation: Talis
Date: 25–26 April
Location: Birmingham

[Workshop] Visual communication: multimedia methods for engagement and active learning
Organisation: Higher Education Academy
Date: 26 April
Location: Loughborough University

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 – The quest for teaching excellence and learning gain: issues, resolutions and possibilities
Organisation: Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA)
Date: 11–12 May
Location: Manchester

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[Conference] 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

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

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

[Conference] 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

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

[Conference] 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

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

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

Inside Government

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

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

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

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

[Forum] Postgraduate Education 2017
Date: 6 July
Location: London

Westminster Higher Education Forum

[Forum] The future of modern foreign languages in higher education
Date: 4 April
Location: London

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

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