SEDA Summer School for Educational Developers

18 July 2001 - 20 July 2001

Location: Lancaster House Hotel, Lancaster

Participants of the 2001 SEDA Summer School

The first SEDA Summer School for Staff and Educational Developers was held in Lancaster in July 2001 and was heralded a great success by participants and presenters alike. 17 colleagues took part in the course, from institutions and LTSN Subject Centres across the UK. The three day event was led by Dr Rhona Sharpe FSEDA and Professor Liz Beaty FSEDA, with David Baume FSEDA, Dr Ray Land FSEDA, Ranald Macdonald FSEDA and James Wisdom also presenting sessions.

Participant Feedback
What I have found particularly useful was:

  • Networking, sharing ideas with colleagues / participants.
  • Time for discussion / exchange of ideas.
  • The opportunity to meet with / share with other developers and to have such excellent input. Thank you.
  • The chance to speak with other colleagues.
  • The individual mentoring.
  • Hearing other’s experiences (from varying levels of expertise and subject areas).
  • Scholarship of teaching - theories of T&L.
  • Networking - explanation of what goes on elsewhere.
  • Practical doing focus (but tension with my first point).
  • Workshop on running workshops. The deconstruction of what was happening (and why) was particularly useful, as well as the variety of approaches modelled (poster tour, etc) which I had not experienced.
  • Overall range of complementary activities was very well done to a very high standard - right balance of presentations/workshops.
  • Information on workshops (running of, etc) very useful.
  • The chance to meet other people who are very new to the profession.
  • We seem to have very similar fears and expectations.
  • The sessions where we actually practised the role (consultancy / mentoring).
  • Getting to know new ED people.
  • Being offered personal space wrt my job /role / aspirations.
  • The sculpture was amazing and has really made me think
  • Wide range of experience / roles to tap into.
  • Exploring our problems as ed/staff developers.
  • Participating in workshops and reflecting on the process. The ability to suspend the activity to consider how the situation would work if running workshop/session yourself.
  • Workshops: how to run workshops; evaluation; learning from experience
  • All very relevant and useful to my work.
  • Very relaxed friendly atmosphere.
  • Across the ‘whole event’ and each of the sessions a better understanding of the different aspects of my role, and importantly for me, a recognition of what is realistically achievable. This realisation will allow me to achieve a better balance in my life.
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