SEDA Spring Teaching Learning and Assessment Conference 2011

Academics for the 21st Century

05 May 2011 - 06 May 2011

Location: Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh

Participate in SEDA’s Spring 2011 conference to debate and discuss the academic for the 21st Century. The event will focus on the changed and changing roles of academic staff and how their work can be supported, developed and enhanced. Mirroring some of the work which has taken place in Scotland within the QAA quality enhancement theme Graduates for the 21st Century, there will be an opportunity to consider the desired attributes of the academic profession.

Keynotes will be given by Ray Land, Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Centre for Academic Practice and Learning Enhancement at the University of Strathclyde, Lorraine Stefani, Professor and Director of Academic Development, University of Auckland and by Aaron Porter, President of the National Union of Students. The conference will also include a range of refereed parallel sessions centred around the following key themes:

  • Preparing for academic practice (eg staff transitions, orientation, induction, work-based learning)
  • Exploring professional tensions (eg role expectations and realities, gender issues, institutional, professional)
  • Enabling effective academic performance
  • Enhancing academic roles (academic leadership, new pedagogies, working across academic cultures)
  • Working in harsher financial climates
  • Responding to student expectations
  • Considering the attributes necessary for 21st Century academics and how they can be supported to achieve such attributes.
A call for contributions inviting colleagues to submit proposals for these sessions will open in September 2010.

The event will also include the range of networking and social opportunities for which SEDA conferences are renowned and regarded enabling participants to meet up to share ideas and approaches, discuss potential collaborations and to make and renew professional friendships.

Held in the centre of the beautiful city of Edinburgh, the conference will be based in the attractive and comfortable Holyrood Hotel. Located just off the Royal Mile and with the magnificent Salisbury Crags within sight the hotel is only a few steps away from the iconic Scottish Parliament building and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
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