Monthly update March 2018

Published: 27 March 2018 at 11:13

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

Welcome to the March 2018 Update of what's happening in Learning, Teaching and Assessment.

If you have any contributions for the April update, please drop us a line at by Monday 9 April.

CPD opportunities

5 minutes of digital literacy (beginner) with Jason Williams
Monday–Friday 9–13 April, online

Advanced Canvas workshop: Assessment with Kate Outhwaite, Dr James Trueman and Marvin Williamson
Wednesday 11 April, 12–2pm, LAB 213, Cambridge

Advanced Canvas workshop: Learner Analytics with Uwe Richter, Kate Outhwaite and Marvin Williamson
Wednesday 11 April, 2–4pm, LAB 223, Cambridge

Open Educational Resources in 15 minutes with Jason Williams
Thursday–Friday 12–13 April, online

Module Average Result Calculator (MARC) workshop
Thursday 12 April, 10am–1pm, COM 014, Cambridge

Integrating resilience into practice with Caroline Bald – Talking about teaching seminar
Thursday 12 April, 4.30–6pm, SAW 001, Chelmsford

10 minutes of digital literacy (intermediate) with Jason Williams
Monday–Friday 16–20 April, online

Students as partners with Jamie Smith and Dr Julian Priddle – 3rd Wednesday webinar
Wednesday 18 April, 1–2pm, online

Using creative and innovative assessment and feedback methods – Course leader workshop
Wednesday 18 April, 1–4pm, LAB 111, Cambridge

Advanced Canvas workshop: Media with Jason Williams and Marvin Williamson
Wednesday 18 April, 2–3pm, QUE 117, Chelmsford

Advanced Canvas workshop: Collaboration with Uwe Richter, Kate Outhwaite and Marvin Williamson
Wednesday 25 April, 2–4pm, LAB 213, Cambridge

Copyright and Canvas with Jason Williams
Thursday 26 April, online

Google tools for student engagement with Jason Williams
Thursday/Friday 26–27 April, online


New student retention on site on Canvas

Colleagues in Anglia Learning & Teaching have been working with members of the Student Retention Steering Group (SRSG) to develop a new Canvas site focused on enhancing Student Retention. The site includes a comprehensive series of links to internal ARU resources and external resources, and links to key publications and reports relating to retention.

New course leaders site on Canvas

Colleagues in Anglia Learning & Teaching have developed a new Canvas site for Course Leaders. The site provides a range of resources to support course leaders in their role. 

Did you know?

You can still bid for funding (up to £3,500) to support your development and research project via the Learning and Teaching Project Scheme. Mark Warnes is available to help you develop your application. Submission deadline is 23 April to your Deputy Dean.

Call for contributions

European Conference on Technology-Enhanced Learning
Closing date: 8 April (workshops), 15 April (papers)

16th Academic Practice and Technology Conference
Closing date: 13 April

The European Conference on Education
Closing date: 16 April

Creative Education – Special Issue on Higher Education
Closing date: 17 April

mLearn 2018 – 17th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual learning
Closing date: 30 April 

Engage, annual learning and teaching conference
Closing date: 29 May

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

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 


FREE eBook: Developing Educators for the Digital Age: A framework for capturing knowledge in action by Paul Breen, University of Westminster Press. 

Association of Learning Technology

Setting up an online collection of educational resources: Some practical tips
Design of technology enhanced learning integrating research and practice

Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI)

Time for ‘co-opetition’? Unleashing the benefits of technology in higher education
What do students really think about tuition fees?

Higher Education Academy

Action Research: Practice Guide by Dr Lydia Arnold and Professor Lin Norton
[Case study report]
Embedding equality and diversity in the curriculum: Beyond compliance

Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

Learning gain: Myths and possibilities
A continuation of trends
Can degree apprenticeships boost social mobility and improve diversity for employers?
Critical thinking skills: Essential for the future

Leadership Foundation for Higher Education

Learning from other cultures to tackle inequality

Research commissioned by a consortium of Students’ Unions

Teaching excellence: the student perspective


Tech trends in global higher education
Shining a light on our forgotten learners
How to overcome the stratification of higher education 


Free Study Skills resources straight to your inbox by SAGE



The Evolving World of Digital Strategy
Date: 12 April
Location: Chelmsford 

Engage, Learning and Teaching Conference
Date: 26 June 2018
Location: Chelmsford



iHE 2018: iPads in Higher Education Conference 2018
Organisation: Bath Spa University
Date: 10–13 April
Location: Bath

7th Annual PedRIO conference
Organisation: University of Plymouth
Date: 20 April
Location: Plymouth

The Gory and Glory of Assessment conference
Organisation: University of Alberta
Date: 13–15 May
Location: Alberta, Canada

Spotlight on Digital Capabilities
Organisation: University of Warwick
Date: 15–16 May
Location: Warwick

SOLSTICE and CLT Conference
Organisation: Edge Hill University
Date: 7-8 June
Location: Omskirk

5th Learning and Teaching conference
Organisation: SOAS
Date: 8 June
Location: London

Queering Academia: A two-day gathering on queer education and scholarship
Organisation: University of Westminster
Date: 21–22 June
Location: London 

Bridging Boundaries: Connecting learning, teaching and research conference
Organisation: University of West Scotland
Date: 2728 June
Location: Paisley 

Transforming Feedback: Research and Development Conference
Organisation: University of Cumbria
Date: 28 June
Location: Carlisle

16th Academic Practice and Technology Conference
Organisation: University of Greenwich
Date: 3 July
Location: Greenwich

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


Intelligent campus community event
Organisation: Jisc
Date: 10 April
Location: Glasgow 

4th International Conference on Teaching, Education and Learning (ICTEL)
Organisation: Association for Development of Teaching, Education and Learning
Date: 11–12 April
Location: London

Attainment Symposium: Closing the Attainment Gap: Student Success for All
Organisation: Higher Education Academy
Date: 18 April
Location: York

9th Open Educational Resources Conference: Open to All
Organisation: Association for Learning Technology
Date: 18–19 April
Location: Bristol

Political affairs in higher education forum
Organisation: Universities UK
Date: 19 April
Location: London 

Change Agents’ Network
Organisation: Jisc
Date: 19–20 April
Location: Winchester

HEA Surveys Conference 2018
Organisation: Higher Education Academy
Date: 9 May
Location: Leeds 

Understanding and improving the student experience: making a real difference in the new age of metrics
Organisation: SEDA
Date: 10–11 May
Location: Leeds

Employability Symposium: An Enterprising Mind-Set for Employability
Organisation: Higher Education Academy
Date: 15 May
Location: York

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

The Developing Role of ePortfolios within the Digital Landscape
Organisation: Centre for Recording Achievement
Date: 23–25 May
Location: Dublin

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

Improving student retention
Organisation: Universities UK
Date: 12 June
Location: London 

Immersive Learning Research Network
Organisation: Immersive Learning Research Network
Date: 25–28 June
Location: Missouri, USA 

Empowering Learners for Life in the Digital Age
Organisation: International Federation for Information Processing
Date: 25–28 June
Location: Linz, Austria

The European Conference on Education
Organisation: The International Academic Forum (IAFOR)
Date: 29 June–1 July
Location: Brighton

The 3rd International Conference on Information and Education Innovations (ICIEI 2018)
Organisation: ICIEI
Date: 30 June–2 July
Location: London

10th EDULEARN conference
Organisation: International Academy of Technology, Education and Development (IATED)
Date: 2-4 July
Location: Mallorca, Spain 

HEA’s Annual Conference 2018: Teaching in the spotlight: Learning from global communities
Organisation: Higher Education Academy
Date: 3 July
Location: Birmingham

IIIS Summer 2018 conference
Organisation: International Institute of Informatics and Systemics
Date: 8–11 July
Location: London

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 

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

Inside Government

Supporting part-time and mature students within higher education
Date: 9 May
Location: London 

Moving towards full open access in Higher Education
Date: 26 June
Location: London

Understanding ModernGov

Transforming digital student experience in higher education
Date: 22 May
Location: London 

Improving the international student experience
Date: 5 June
Location: London

Westminster Higher Education Forum

Improving participation and diversity in apprenticeships – tackling skills gaps, raising awareness and supporting under-represented groups
Date: 26 April
Location: London

Students as consumers - contracts, complaints and dispute resolution
Date: 12 June
Location: London

Next steps for postgraduate research policy – new models of delivery, funding and the Industrial Strategy
Date: 13 June
Location: London