11th Annual SEDA Conference 2006

Mapping Educational Development: locations, boundaries and bridges

21 November 2006 - 22 November 2006

Location: Birmingham

Educational development is now happening in a range of different and complex environments: within the disciplines, within CETLS, in subject centres and across institutions and nations. Contexts also change from very localised curriculum development initiatives to those shaped by large internal and external agendas such as professional standards or widening participation. Educational staff development now involves a growing body of people, from e-learning tutors to teaching fellows, from project workers to consultants, trainers and educational developers, as well as traditional academic staff. At the same time, initiatives to enhance staff development can provide greater opportunities to influence institutions consistently and coherently, but are we willing or able to do so?

Conference Themes
The key theme for this conference is Mapping Educational Development: locations, boundaries and bridges. The sub-themes to be addressed include:

  • The interface between educational developers, staff developers and others in facilitating and driving change
  • Educational development and the culture of institutions, departments and project teams
  • Evaluations of current practice in relation to bridges and boundaries of educational development
  • The impact of local, national and international initiatives on educational development practice
  • Locating educational development in scholarly practice

The Conference
The format of the conference will comprise keynote addresses, parallel sessions of workshops and discussion papers. The aim, as ever, will be to share practice, research, evaluation and experience in all aspects of staff and educational development in an open and constructive atmosphere.

Feedback from participants at recent SEDA conferences:

  • Felt very welcome at my first SEDA event; really great networking; very stimulating debate and thought provoking sessions
  • Great networking opportunity; smallness of the conference creates a lovely intimacy - easy to get to know people
  • Good, friendly, supportive atmosphere; good mix of interesting areas covered

The conference will be of particular interest to all those involved in promoting effective change in HE learning, teaching and development. This includes:

  • Educational and staff developers
  • Higher Education Academy staff
  • Lecturers and teachers in further and higher education
  • National and institutional teaching fellows
  • Centre of Excellence and FDTL staff
  • Managers of academic departments
  • Educational technologists
  • Quality assurance and enhancement policy makers

This year's conference will return to the Novotel, Birmingham, located on Broad Street in the heart of the city centre. Fully residential delegates will be accommodated on-site - all rooms are en-suite. Birmingham is well served by the motorway network and parking is available at the hotel. New Street station is a short taxi ride away with regular rail links to Birmingham International Airport.

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