Monthly update May 2018

Published: 30 May 2018 at 09:00

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

Join Dr Paul McDermott of University of East Anglia at June’s Talking about teaching seminar “A methodology that makes self-assessment an implicit part of the answering process” on Thursday 28 June. Paul will introduce a format for multiple choice questions (MCQ), implicit in which are measures of student confidence. The event will start at 12pm with lunch and Paul will give his seminar at 12.30pm. This seminar will be of particular interest to colleagues who currently use or want to develop active learning approaches.

If you have any contributions for the June update, please drop us a line at by Friday 15 June.

CPD opportunities

5 minutes of digital literacy (beginner)
Monday–Friday 4–8 June, online

Advanced Canvas workshop: Assessment
Wednesday 6 June, 2–4pm, QUE 117, Chelmsford

10 minutes of digital literacy (intermediate)
Monday–Friday 11–15 June, online

Advanced Canvas workshop: Learner Analytics
Wednesday 13 June, 2–4pm, LAB 213, Cambridge

Open Educational Resources in 15 minutes
Thursday–Friday 14–15 June, online

Advanced Canvas workshop: Media
Wednesday 20 June, 2–3pm, QUE 117, Chelmsford

Engage, Learning and Teaching Conference
Tuesday 26 June, 10am–5pm, Chelmsford

Advanced Canvas workshop: Collaboration
Wednesday 27 June, 2–4pm, LAB 213, Cambridge

Copyright and Canvas
Thursday 28 June, online

Google tools for student engagement
Thursday–Friday 28–29 June, online

Introduction to Team-Based Learning
Thursday 28 June, 10am–5pm, Chelmsford

Talking about teaching seminar – A methodology that makes self-assessment an implicit part of the answering process
Thursday 28 June, 12–2pm, LAB 111, Cambridge


Course Leaders' Conference (4 September)

This year’s Course Leaders’ Conference will be held on Tuesday 4 September 2018 in Cambridge. Please save the date in your diary as a calendar invitation will follow shortly. The day will be an opportunity for us to consider how best to implement a new Active Curriculum framework within our courses from 2019/20 onwards, as part of our commitment to provide our students with a distinctive research-informed, inclusive and active learning experience.

Centre for Innovation in Higher Education

The Centre for Innovation in Higher Education (CIHE) is a research centre dedicated to educational research and pedagogic practice. Its research focuses on the areas of digital futures, active learning, and design thinking pedagogy. CIHE will be officially launched by the Vice Chancellor on 10 July in Cambridge. 

2018 Learning Technologist of the Year Awards

The Association for Learning Technology has launched its Learning Technologist of the Year Awards. The awards celebrate and reward excellent research and practice and outstanding achievement in Learning Technology. The closing date for entries is Monday 18 June. Find out more about the 2018 Learning Technologist of the Year Awards.

Did you know?

The Anglia Professional Recognition Scheme (APRS) for Teaching and Supporting Learning provides two routes to Anglia Ruskin and Higher Education Academy fellowships. The next submission date is Friday 7 September to line managers and Friday 14 September to Anglia Learning & Teaching. More details are available on the APRS Canvas site.

Call for contributions

10th Computer Science and Electronic Engineering Conference
Closing date: 3 June

Virtual and Augmented Reality to Enhance Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Conference
Closing date: 8 June

TALE 2018: Engineering Next-Generation Learning
Closing date: 11 June

11th Annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Closing date: 12 July 

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

The eight pillars of pain, some reflections on designing an online information literacy resource
Students’ learning responses to receiving dashboard data

[Journal articles]
Social media as a student response system: new evidence on learning impact
Nostalgia, gamification and staff development – moving staff training away from didactic delivery 

EDUCASE review

Educational Equity and the Classroom: Designing Learning-Ready Spaces for All Students

Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI)

Strategies for success
Higher Education in the front line: universities, the media and the wider community

Leadership Foundation for Higher Education

Get a mentor, be a mentor 

Office for Students

Managing expectations and improving satisfaction 


Capturing the lecture?
Three steps to increase research impact
How analytics can support student success
Is the progression lottery a fair game?


[TEDx talk] The global knowledge base: open data about everything by Dr Martin Poulter
[Article] What is whiteboarding? by Dr Andrew Middleton 



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



Active Learning Network
Organisation: University of Sussex
Date: 5 June
Location: Falmer 

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

Exploring Critical Pedagogy in Digital Education
Organisation: The Open University
Date: 20 June
Location: Milton Keynes

Enhancing Practice with Digital and Social Media
Organisation: Media-Enhanced Learning Special Interest Group
Date: 21 June
Location: Sheffield

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

Enhancing Student Learning Through Innovative Scholarship: Exploring Transitions in Higher Education for Students and Staff
Organisation: University of Bristol
Date: 11–12 July
Location: Bristol

13th 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 


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

The International Consortium for Educational Development Conference
Organisation: International Consortium for Education Development
Date: 5–8 June
Location: USA 

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

Beyond lecture capture: enhancing the student experience
Organisation: UCISA
Date: 14 June
Location: London

Intelligent campus – community event at Plymouth Marjon University
Organisation: Jisc
Date: 21 June
Location: Plymouth

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

Horizons in STEM Higher Education Conference: Making connections, innovating and sharing pedagogy
Organisation: Horizons in STEM
Date: 28–29 June
Location: University of Hull 

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

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

Inside Government

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

Supporting disabled students throughout Higher Education
Date: 11 July
Location: London

Understanding ModernGov 

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

Westminster Higher Education Forum

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

Postgraduate Education 2018
Date: 4 July
Location: London

Disability and health in the workplace - next steps for bridging the employment gap and improving support for employers
Date: 19 October
Location: London