SEDA Specials

Note on publication orders: the SEDA Office is now operating remotely due to the health crisis related to the Covid-19 virus. However, we can still take orders for SEDA publications but as an interim measure we will send them out to you by email as PDFs. Once the staff are back in the office we will send out your hard copies.

SEDA Specials is a series of relatively short monographs on up-to-the-minute topics in higher education at a price designed to facilitate wide circulation among lecturers and support staff. They bring you the distilled experience and opinions of leading practitioners in a form which is designed to facilitate easy assimilation by hard-pressed staff. SEDA Specials provide stimulus for both a greater understanding of developments in higher education as well as improving professional practice.

All SEDA Specials are directed at new or relatively inexperienced lecturers - though experienced lecturers will also find many new ideas and approaches among the more familiar.

SEDA Specials are attractively printed and presented in an A4 format. SEDA Staff Induction Portfolios 1 is a folder comprising a compilation of Specials for easy distribution in handy wallets. SEDA publications are available in accessible formats.

SEDA Special 44

Transitions Into, Through and Out of Higher Education: Supporting Students

Edited by - Wendy Ashall and Wendy Garnham
2020 ISBN: 978 1 902435 67 1

This SEDA Special explores what we, as practitioners, can do to better support students in transition: how can we ensure a smooth transition and equitable outcomes as students move into, through and out of higher education? Each chapter, although written before COVID-19 radically altered the educational landscape, shares differing approaches which, it is hoped, will prove useful to practitioners. The chapters draw on practitioner research to focus on a specific aspect of students' transition into, through and out of HE in varied institutional settings. Together they provide a rich treasure chest of strategies for those seeking to better support students at each stage of the HE journey.

Price £14.00

SEDA Special 43

Ten Ways to Investigate Research Supervision Practice

Edited by - Geof Hill and Sian Vaughan
2019 ISBN: 978-1-902435-66-4

Research supervision is an academic practice that is gaining growing attention. In this publication a number of supervisors share the methods they have used to investigate and reflect on their supervisory practice. The intention in sharing their diverse and creative ways modes of investigation, and the benefits in their own greater understanding of supervisory practice these have brought, is to encourage other supervisors to investigate their own research supervision as a practice in ways that are personally meaningful and beneficial to them. This Special discusses nine different ways research supervisors have investigated their practice and, in an open tenth way, encourages the reader to investigate their own practices. 

Price £14.00

SEDA Special 42

Reflective Practice

Edited by - Carole L. Davis and Mary Fitzpatrick
2019 ISBN: 978-1-902435-65-7

In this Special we explore the current state of play surrounding reflective practice. Our hope is that readers will find practical support through the examples provided of accessible ways in which individuals can be enabled to develop as effective practitioners. Whilst we offer a range of practical tools for different situations and purposes, it is recognised that these have been developed in tandem with theoretical approaches. Our intention is to make things clear and accessible rather than complicated and alienating, as we appreciate that time is in short supply.

Higher education is changing and becoming an ever more complex and challenging place to work. Consequently, we wanted to provide readers with the wherewithal to meet these challenges and show our commitment to supporting individuals in developing approaches which enable them to thrive. In terms of audience we extend our reach further than early-career academics, viewing the audience of this Special as varied and broad in scope. Our intention is to be inclusive, appealing to academics and professional services staff at all stages of their career, those applying for probation, progression and professional recognition along with promotion through the teaching and scholarship route. Our inclusivity also includes academic developers and those interested in the scholarship of learning and teaching.

Price £14.00

SEDA Special 41

Doing a Good Job Well - Being Recognised as an Experienced, Professional Teacher in HE

Edited by - Jackie Potter and Rebecca Turner
2018 ISBN: 978-1-902435-64-0

The fundamental proposition of this publication is to underline and further encourage the development of teaching practices and scholarly reflection on teaching across the sector by experienced teaching staff. In doing so the authors emphasise and encourage continuing professional development (CPD) and ongoing engagement with teaching scholarship across an academic career, and in particular point you to the virtue and value of working with the UK Professional Standards Framework to guide that endeavour.  In targeting the book on seeing an application for recognition as continuing professional development it avoids the reinforcement of, what has been referred to as, retrospective benchmarking in favour of a re-envisioning and creating a connectedness to and in you as an applicant for recognition.  As I’m sure you tell your students process is as important as product, and in concentrating on the process this Special has the potential to help you create and sustain a product beyond the point of recognition.

This handbook will be useful to you as an individual applicant, and as a mentor to others engaging in the process, to progress a submission for recognition linked to the UKPSF. It is practical and concise synthesis of the routes to recognition that many experienced HE staff will find to be a valuable addition to their library. The jargon free, scholarly approach can help you use a claim for recognition using engagement with the UKPSF as a space and time to reflect on and build your plans for on-going CPD in respect of your teaching and supporting learning and to thus derive the maximum benefit from the recognition process for you and for your students. 

Price £14.00

SEDA Special 40

Diversity and Inclusion

Edited by - Claire Gordon and Anna Mountford - Zimdars
2018 ISBN: 978-1-902435-62-6

How do we make higher education learning and teaching more inclusive? What can we learn from each other’s experiences in supporting greater inclusion in higher education, and, in particular, greater inclusion in the curriculum and the academic side of higher education?

We would all agree that it is desirable for higher education to be as inclusive as possible and to enable students from the widest range of possible backgrounds to succeed and fulfil their potential. But how are those aspirations translated into practice on the ground? This Special shares experiences and insights from practitioners regarding the challenges and successes in implementing inclusion policies. In doing so, the contributions aim to provide critical insights and helpful ideas for colleagues across the sector developing policy and practice in this area.

Academic developers have great expertise and are often in key positions to support changes and enhancement to teaching and learning that can support strategic re-thinking in their institutions as well as change initiatives with academics. This publication aims to contribute to this process by providing ideas of what works and potential challenges as well as pointing to resources. Developers might like to share this Special with academic faculty and other strategic institutional contacts. Students of social justice may also find this Special of interest.

The ideas and practice sharing in this Special will provide a valuable resource for academic developers, higher education managers, academics and students in fostering greater inclusion and supporting diverse learners in higher education.

Price £14.00

SEDA Special 39

Supporting programme leaders and programme leadership

Edited by: Jenny Lawrence and Sam Ellis
2018 ISBN: 978–1– 902435-61-9

The programme leader or director role is crucial to higher education institutions’ core business - the delivery of programmes of study. However, programme leadership is little researched or defined. This Special offers insight to the role, examples of programme leadership in practice, and ways to support programme leaders in executing their responsibilities effectively. This work will be of interest to educational developers supporting programme leaders, HE leaders developing the programme leader role, and programme leaders themselves.


The responsibilities of the programme leader include academic leadership (creating a unified and coherent academic programme made up of a collection of modules), and the leadership of academics (supporting peers in meeting their specific responsibilities across the programme). Integral to both is the importance of creating productive and positive inter-personal relationships across a wide array of colleagues: quality and administrative officers, educational developers, academic peers, senior academic leaders and, of course, students.


These responsibilities are far reaching, yet programme leaders often lack formal managerial power. Personal effectiveness, then, is important to the role of the programme leader, and to the success of the programme. These issues are all explored within the Special.

Price £14.00

SEDA Special 38

Student Behaviour and Positive Learning Cultures

Edited by: Gillian Janes, Diane Nutt and Paul Taylor
2016 ISBN: 978-1-902435-60-2

Student behaviour in contemporary Higher Education is a key issue in the UK and internationally. This SEDA Special explores how student behaviour that encourages positive learner and institutional outcomes can be developed through the creation of positive learning cultures. The Special balances examples of practices from diverse institutions in UK Higher Education with very practical guidance relevant to teaching staff and those who support them.

The introductory chapter summarises contextual issues and key international literature, before four case studies describe examples of effective practice and share practical guidance gained from the host institutions for the day to day management of student behaviour. These case studies describe positive cultures created through strategic use of data and learning analytics, effective student engagement and partnership. Each case study takes a proactive and preventative stance toward enabling student success through positive cultures and the encouragement of effective learner behaviour and contains a wealth of advice and experience for readers to use in their own programmes, disciplines and institutions.

Price £12.00

SEDA Special 37

Developing Pedagogic Research in Higher Education

Edited by: Lindsey McEwen and Kristine Mason O'Connor
2014 ISBN: 978-1-902435-59-6

This SEDA publication aims to improve student learning in Higher Education through developing research-informed teaching and learning environments and practices, and in contributing to enhancing higher education institutions (HEI) research capabilities. These synergistic aims are addressed by exploring how staff capacity for pedagogic research (PedR) can be developed and supported. The publication is designed to act as both a stimulus for developing strategy and practice at a range of levels (department, faculty, cross institution), and as a resource for staff development.

The publication will be of essential reading for staff in a range of roles in HE. It is intended to inform policy makers, senior managers, educational developers, research leaders, course leaders and academic staff by engendering discussion around what constitutes good practice in the development of pedagogic research capacity at individual and institutional levels. Useful resources are also sign-posted that can support PedR development in institutions.

Price £12.00

SEDA Special 36

Supporting Higher Education in College Settings

Edited by: John Lea
2014 ISBN: 978 1 902435 589

You can read about this SEDA Special on this blog post

This SEDA Special supports teachers, managers and staff developers who are working in colleges providing higher education either directly or through partnerships with universities. It will also be valuable for university staff engaged in these partnerships. It recognises the varied provision of this growing sector and will help college staff who are beginning to provide some higher education courses, as well as those who are seeking to enhance their more established courses.

Each chapter deals with the common questions and themes which arise from considering higher education provided through colleges. These include: capturing HE-ness and nurturing an HE ethos; developing appropriate forms of research and scholarship; enhancing peer observation and reviewing HE practice; conceptualising the nature of knowledge in vocational curricula; and accessing and developing relevant continuing professional development opportunities.

Each chapter considers the context of its theme, critically discusses the relevant issues and gives practical advice on ways to enhance provision. The authors have a depth of knowledge and experience from working in this important sector of higher education, both in the UK and around the world.

Price £12.00

SEDA Special 35

SEDA Small Grants: Celebrating the Scholarship of Educational Development

Frances Deepwell and Charles Buckley
2013 ISBN: 978 1 902435 57 2

This Special, published for SEDA’s 20th anniversary, explores the impact of the Small Grant scheme. Since its inception SEDA has made funds available each year for those in the educational development community to conduct timely and relevant projects. For the first time, this Special showcases the outcomes and impact – on practice and on careers – of a range of successful SEDA Small Grant projects. The projects featured remain timely themes in educational development, including student voice and inclusive assessment, interdisciplinary working to effect change, new lecturer orientation and capacity-building in pedagogic research. There are also reflections from successful grant winners beyond the featured topics, suggesting how engaging with SEDA and the projects enabled through the Small Grant scheme both built confidence and conferred legitimacy on educational development research. These are valuable goals, well worth celebrating in SEDA’s 20th year.

No longer in print but can be bought on CD-ROM

Price £5.00

SEDA Special 34

Evidencing the Value of Educational Development

Veronica Bamber
2013 ISBN: 978 1 902435 56 5

In the precarious world of educational development, where an argument for sustainable resources always needs to be made, this Special advances a number of local and global approaches of how such work is integral to the future quality of higher education. In very challenging times, this agenda is too important to ignore. This Special thus addresses a vital topic for Educational Developers – the ‘impact’ agenda. Editor Roni Bamber advances a strong argument that goes to the heart of much educational development work, that of using evidence as a tool of persuasion to encourage colleagues to think differently about how current imperatives in higher education might effectively be evaluated. 

Rather than impact, Bamber argues – with admiral support from a range of distinguished contributors – Educational Developers should instead aim to evidence value. In this publication, a variety of perspectives are provided to assist others in this important persuasive task. If, as this publication suggests, ‘impact’ is the wrong target, the educative potential of the UK and international accounts included here are helpful tools that Educational Developers can use to influence others – especially senior colleagues – as to the nature and value of development work. Contributors provide examples from practice that enable us to reflect on and argue for the value of what educational development activity can do.

Price £12.00

SEDA Special 33

Supporting Educational Change

Ranald Macdonald
2013 ISBN: 978 1 902435 55 8

This SEDA Special draws together the ways in which academic and educational developers support change in their institutions and nationally. It reflects the history of educational change and the role of SEDA’s members and others in supporting (and leading) educational change over the last 20 years. It is an important text for all innovative teachers, managers, researchers, learner support staff and others engaged in the improvement of student learning as it draws on a number of emerging ideas and literatures. With strong theoretical chapters and fascinating international case studies, readers will find much to engage with to develop their own practice of working with change.  

Price £12.00

SEDA Special 32

Developing Community Engagement

Kristine Mason O'Connor and Lindsey McEwen
2012 ISBN: 978 1 902435 54 1

Many students now expect to do some of their coursework “in the community” – projects, consultancies, reports, advice, research and a host of other forms of community engagement. Students know they need these sorts of experiences, to build up their skills and strengthen their employability. Universities know they need these sorts of links, to support their commitment to community involvement. Academics know that well-designed community learning can transform students in so many ways.

This SEDA Special addresses these ideas head on by having as its core aims the improvement of the student learning experience within the community and  the enhancement of HEIs’ connection with, and overall value to, society. Drawing on a variety of evidence bases - including five practical case studies of university community engagement - the Special explores how we can develop staff capacity for enabling accredited community-based learning, and support, recognise and reward this range of work. The Special is intended to inform policy makers, senior managers, educational developers, quality assurance personnel, course leaders and academic staff, by stimulating debate and discussion around what constitutes ‘good practice’ in this important but hitherto neglected area.

Price £12.00

SEDA Special 31

Putting the 'S' into ED - Education for Sustainable Development in Educational Development

Edited by: Debby Cotton, Stephen Sterling, Vivian Neal and Jennie Winter
2012 ISBN: 978 1 902435 53 4

How and why might we embed sustainability in the curriculum, campus and culture of HE institutions? This is a key current issue, both in the UK and internationally. This SEDA Special is targeted at the educational development community, sustainability co-ordinators or others seeking whole-institution change around sustainability. The wide range of thirteen UK and international authors provide unique perspectives on issues as diverse as formal and informal learning through the campus and curriculum, sustainability pedagogies, sustainability and employability and the development of communities of practice. This Special is practical and accessible to the non-expert, providing clear advice and guidance built on contributors’ successes and failures in this fascinating and important area of rapidly-developing practice. The foreword has been written by Brian Chalkley, Emeritus Professor at Plymouth University.

Price £12.00

SEDA Special 30

Developing Reflective Practice with Early Career Academics

Edited by Louisa Sheward and Marian Renshaw
2011 ISBN: 978 1 902435 52 7

This Special takes a novel turn, as it is one of a small number of publications on developing reflective practice that features the voices of early-career academics. Actual accounts of critical incidents, their analysis and potential resolutions, form the core of the Special. From these accounts, the main concerns of new lecturers, as they begin teaching in higher education, are foregrounded.

The PGCert programme from which these critical incident analyses are taken, uses a variety of methods to discuss and encourage reflection on issues that arise in practice. This approach is explained in Part 1, which gives a critical overview of the development and support of reflective practice, and considers the complex concerns around supporting and assessing critical incident analyses, especially ethical and professional issues. How reflective practice is modelled and supported in a PGCert programme is detailed. This summary is followed, in Part 2, by 13 critical incident analyses from a range of disciplines, volunteered by early-career academics. Concerns range from issues of student engagement and the pitfalls of technology, to learning to manage disruptive behaviour. It is hoped that these critical incidents will be useful to others as a source of discussion in those PGCert programmes that aim to develop reflective thinking, writing and practice.

Price £12.00

SEDA Special 29

Learner Engagement: A Guide to Negotiated Work-Based Learning

Mike Laycock
2011 ISBN: 978-1-902435-51-0

Recently, government directives have highlighted once again graduate employability as a key priority for business and emphasised the importance of opportunities for students to enhance their work-related skills. Work-based learning has been developing in UK higher education since the early 1990s. Many university programmes already use workplace problems as a learning resource, involving students in typical work-based practices such as action learning projects and individually negotiated learning agreements or contracts. Additionally, the blurring of the boundaries between learning gained in the HEIs and elsewhere has gained a foothold over the years in the practice of assessing prior experiential learning and in accrediting in-company training schemes.

This SEDA Special examines a range of issues surrounding work-based learning. In particular, it looks at contemporary notions such as ‘employer engagement’ and ‘employer responsive provision’ and re-evaluates them in the light of a pedagogically-based perspective which is driven by learner-managed learning, with the outcomes of that learning negotiated between the learner, the employer and the academy. The Special also re-examines the on-going debate about the nature and creation of ‘legitimate knowledge’ and provides an overview of some practical aspects of the delivery of negotiated work-based learning and its assessment.

Price £12.00

SEDA Special 28

Working with Cultural Diversity in Higher Education

Edited by Monika Foster
2011 ISBN: 978-1-902435-50-3

This Special includes an introduction from Monika Foster and overviews from Yvonne Turner and Jude Carroll. Its 16 chapters are in four parts: Supporting induction and transition to UK higher education; Teaching on cultural diverse programmes; Enhancing the experience of Chinese students and Enhancing the experience of Indian students.

Is this Special for me?

Aimed at colleagues engaged in work with international students in the UK HE context in subject studies, staff working in graduate school skills support, staff working with postgraduate students, staff working on collaborative programmes overseas and in the UK, colleagues working in educational development to support tutors on culturally diverse courses and programme developers and management, this Special deals with the current ‘hot’ topic of UK HE. This Special builds on Special 23 by taking a wider view of culturally diverse education and the opportunities it offers. It does so by providing unique insights and advice on teaching and supporting international students and looking into ways of making the multicultural environment work for all and so promises to be relevant to a wider educational audience.

Price £12.00

SEDA Special 27

Creating a Profession - Building Careers in Educational Development

Edited By Stuart Boon, Bob Matthew and Louisa Sheward
2010 ISBN: 978 1 902435 49 7

This SEDA Special explores the career development of educational developers at a time when educational development units and developers themselves are seen as being increasingly important in informing and supporting the quality enhancement agenda within higher education. Through a series of personal reflective accounts, this volume examines the career paths taken by a number of educational developers at various stages in their careers and includes the profiles of professionals from the UK, Ireland, Australia and North America. By providing a rich and detailed snapshot of the state of educational development in HE today, this publication sets out to inform the sector, institutions and individuals alike, and by providing some answers – while posing even more questions – the editors hope to open a dialogue concerning the future professional development and support of educational developers within HE.

Price £12.00

SEDA Special 26

Students Supporting Students

Edited by Jacqueline Potter and Daphne Hampton
2009 ISBN: 978-1-902455-48-0

Ten years ago the practice of structured approaches to enable students to support their fellow students was only just beginning to emerge within the context of UK higher education. Since then many universities have introduced peer learning and student-to-student mentoring schemes. This volume presents five contemporary case studies which showcase different  approaches to students supporting students and which emphasise the importance of peer learning schemes, demonstrating the breadth and richness of positive impacts such schemes can have. Examples are included of peer learning across and within disciplines, within and outside the taught curriculum and within on- and off-campus settings. Each example encompasses the deliberative, critical examination and evaluation of each scheme in relation to its purpose or purposes, and the strength of evidence – with particular emphasis on the student voice – from which summary implications are drawn by the authors. The case studies are positioned within the wider context of contemporary issues which educational developers set at the heart of their work and practice – student retention, student engagement and student success. This volume offers readers the opportunity to reflect on the ideas presented here and to adopt or adapt them to the diverse contexts of their own institutional needs and priorities.

Price £12.00

SEDA Special 25

Personal Tutoring in Higher Education - Where Now and Where Next?

Mike Laycock
2009 ISBN: 978 1 902435 46 6

British higher education has always had a reputation for good personal tutoring but, as Mike Laycock writes: “… the personal tutor system has been under strain for some time.” In this extensive literature survey he extracts the core issues, such as which model a university might be using, who is doing the tutoring, what sort of tutorial relationships are they forming, what might be the benefits and the costs, and how any system might be supported.

He analyses the various models which are being deployed and offers many case studies which show recent and interesting developments. In particular, he explores the relationship between personal tutoring and widening participation, retention, the first year experience, on-line and distance learning and Personal Development Planning. He also explores the business case for investment in this area, and the staff development implications of the models in use.

The special is also intensely practical, as Mike Laycock summarises his survey with a full set of recommendations for future action. The bibliography comprises nearly 200 items, giving the full background to this vitally important subject.

Price £12.00

SEDA Special 24

Supporting Academic Writing Among Students and Academics

Edited by Sarah Moore
2008 ISBN: 978 1 902435 44 2

For the latest SEDA Special, a team of experts from across the sector contribute to addressing the critical subject of writing effectively in academia, producing information for the benefit of a wide range of education professionals including lecturers, developers and support providers. The challenges of learning how to write, when to write and how to improve both the standard of writing and the ease with which writing can be accomplished are explored from the points of view of both students and staff. This Special includes a series of exercises designed to provoke thought, assist planning and provide templates for creating writing programmes or informal courses at all levels of higher and further education.

No longer in print but can be bought on CD-ROM

Price £10.00

SEDA Special 23

Enhancing the Experience of Chinese Students in UK Higher Education - Lessons from a Collaborative Project

Edited by Monika Foster
2008 ISBN: 978 1 902435 42 8

This SEDA Special takes an international theme, addressing the experiences of Chinese students studying higher education courses both in the UK and on collaborative programmes with British universities in China. Using the results of an innovative and impressive two-year project involving colleagues and students in China and in the UK, as well as current research, contributors explore methods aimed at helping Chinese students to cope with, and excel at, their studies in the UK.

In Part One British and Chinese contributors discuss the cultural impacts and implications for students and teachers, including advice on how both parties can adapt to each other.

In Part Two, Chinese academics discuss the principal challenges Chinese students face when interacting and learning in English and adapting to a new learning environment.

Price £10.00

SEDA Special 22

Student Engagement

Len Hand and Colin Bryson
2008 ISBN: 978 1 902435 40 4

What is meant by the term engagement? What is the importance of engagement for students and teachers in higher education? And, perhaps most importantly, what causes students to engage or not to engage with their university education? This publication seeks to answer these questions and looks at the role student transition, student support and assessment can play in enhancing engagement. It will be useful for anyone faced with the challenge of improving levels of student engagement in their institution.

Price £10.00

SEDA Special 21

SEDA PDF - A Tool for Supporting and Structuring Continuing Professional Development Frameworks

Ruth Pilkington
2007 ISBN: 978 1 902435 38 1

This SEDA Special explores how the SEDA Professional Development Framework (SEDA PDF) can be used to award, structure and inform the CPD frameworks that may arise within organisations as a result of the current drive to professionalise and assure HE professional development. It provides a means of mapping SEDA PDF awards onto the UK Professional Standards Framework descriptors and uses a series of case studies to show how awards have been used by institutions, as well as how SEDA PDF has been applied to institution-wide CPD Frameworks. Whatever your role and context, this publication provides an invaluable tool for comparison and development. It ensures you are able to inform your work with a stronger understanding of the options and approaches available nationally through SEDA with respect to CPD.

Price £10.00

SEDA Special 20

Leading Educational Change

Edited by Bland Tomkinson
2007 ISBN: 978 1 902435 37 4

This SEDA Special presents a series of essays, by authors with experience as Heads of Educational Development units, looking at some of the strategic issues in running educational development units. In addition to chapters on what leadership means in this context and a background of educational development in the UK, there is discussion of the links between educational development and strategy and also with the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Price £10.00

SEDA Special 19

Enhancing University Teaching Through the Effective Use of Questionning

Mike Watts and Helen Pedrosa
2006 ISBN: 1 902435 35 4

In this new SEDA Special, authors and experts address a fundamental facet of education, the role of questioning. The three sections of the paper contain articles which discuss and explore how teachers and learners can structure, improve and deepen their learning experience by asking the right questions, and how classroom questioning can be used and enhanced.

No longer in print but can be bought on CD-ROM

Price £5.00

SEDA Special 18

Employability: a rationale and examples of practice

Edited by Mantz York, Ruth Pilkington and Kristine Mason O'Connor
2005 ISBN: 1 902435 30 3

This publication arose from a joint SEDA-ESECT event attended by representatives from over thirty HEIs. It is a must for all HEI institutional strategic planners, curriculum designers, academic staff, educational developers and careers advisers who are committed to promoting the employability of their graduates.

Price £10.00

SEDA Special 17

Developing and Assessing Students' Oral Skills

Gina Wisker
2004 ISBN: 1 902435 29 X

This SEDA Special looks at the development and assessment of oral skills in Higher Education, focusing on the shy fresher through to the PhD candidate. The collection is a mixture of short, sharp pieces exploring various practices and successful strategies, which colleagues might like to alter and develop for their own context, and longer more reflective research and/or evidence-based essays that consider strategies in practice over time.

It considers a variety of learning and teaching practices and strategies related to underpinning learning and teaching theories. It also provides some opportunity to speculate on what skills are to be learnt and how we might ensure that there are explicit criteria for their assessment, appropriately managed and observed by a variety of colleagues. It is intended to be useful for colleagues in a variety of subject areas and different roles in Higher Education, whether lecturers or learning and teaching advisers, staff developers or learning support colleagues.

Price £10.00

SEDA Special 16

Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity: curriculum matters

Christine Talbot
2004 ISBN: 1 902435 28 1

This SEDA Special is intended primarily for those who are relatively new to teaching in Higher Education, although it is also likely to be of interest to those who have been working in the field for some time but who wish to consider the issues of 'Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity' in the Curriculum in more depth than hitherto.

The Workbook briefly reviews (by way of background) statistical information on the student body, the broader context of Higher Education in the UK, particularly in relation to the widening participation agenda and the 2003 White Paper 'The Future of Higher Education', and recent 'equality' legislation.

It looks in detail at ways in which those involved in teaching and learning in Higher Education can influence the curriculum in order to ensure that no students are discriminated against in the process of learning and teaching and, further, that all students are positively affirmed as individuals in the course of their studies. It does this via a consideration of the content and the delivery of the curriculum, an examination of the use of ICTs, and finally by taking a close look at assessment.

Attention is paid to the particular needs of overseas students and disabled students as well as to the needs of women and mature entrants, of UK students from a variety of racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds, and of students of different sexual orientations. There are many examples of good practice drawn from a variety of sources and ample opportunities to reflect upon your own attitudes and practices in this area.

The author is Learning Development Officer at the University of Leeds . She has a wide experience of teaching in schools, further and higher education and has conducted research in the areas of race and gender issues. 

No longer in print but can be bought on CD-ROM

Price £5.00

SEDA Special 15

Employability: learning through partnership with employers

Ruth Pilkington
2004 ISBN: 1 902435 27 3

Income generation, work-related learning, PDP, employability, learning organisations. Can all these concepts be linked? They can be and are as this resource for staff developers shows. The publication is a result of experience drawn from working on a number of projects. It shows how working with employers can create opportunities, which can support learning for individuals, organisations and academic communities, for example.We all recognise that work placements can provide a wealth of learning for students, but they can also be exploited to create valuable learning opportunities for staff, employers and departments. The publication suggests how this might be managed and supported by staff developers, managers and organisations using examples from practice. Work placements form only one aspect of a whole range of work-related learning activity that forms part of a progression of experience which can be focused under the terms PDP and employability. The paper suggests a series of models and tools to support discussion and the embedding of these concepts. Often the responsibility for supporting new initiatives such as those around placements, employability, and collaboration with employers is left with isolated individuals in the field. The text explores how this might be brought into the systems and processes of the organisation in order to secure valuable knowledge and experience for the organisation. It offers case studies and ideas for how staff developers might support this.

Aimed primarily at staff and education developers, but also of value to academic departments and managers, this text is a resource offering ideas, models and tools for exploring and embedding some of the most keenly debated issues around how we can bring employers into higher education and make employability a living part of academic activity.

Price £10.00

SEDA Special 13

Practical Ideas for Enhancing Lectures

P Davies
2003 ISBN: 1 902435 23 0

This Special deals with a crucial issue for all HE and FE lecturers - how to improve the quality of lectures - and outlines a range of practical ideas and strategies around eight key headings.

No longer in print but can be bought on a a CD-ROM

Price £5.00

SEDA Special 11

Academic Tutoring

K Mason O'Connor and L Oates
1999 ISBN: 1 902435 07 9

This publication considers the purposes of academic tutorials in the context of recent changes within the higher education sector. It identifies a range of tutoring skills and good practice appropriate to face to face tutorials and tutoring at a distance.

Price £10.00

SEDA Special 10

Enhancing Student Learning

Phil Race
1999 ISBN: 902435 09 5

Price £10.00

SEDA Special 9

9. Equal Opportunities and the Curriclum

Christine Talbot
1999 ISBN: 978-1902435084

No longer in print but can be bought on CD-ROM

Price £5.00

SEDA Special 7

Getting to Grips with Resourced Based Learning

Pat Maier
1999 ISBN: 978-1902435053

Price £10.00

SEDA Special 6

Key Skills in Higher Education: Background and Rationale

Sue Drew
1998 ISBN: 0946815895

No longer in print but can be bought on a a CD-ROM

Price £5.00

SEDA Special 5

Developing Your Teaching Through Reflective Practice

Liz Beaty
1997 ISBN: 0 946815 74 7

Looks at the nature of professional development; professional development and reflective practice; continuing professional development; plus ways of developing teaching practice, including collecting student feedback, observation of teaching, action learning, researching teaching etc.

Price £10.00

SEDA Special 3

Getting to Grips with Assessment

Sally Brown and Brenda Smith
1997 ISBN: 0 946815 59 3

Includes assessment by principle; assessment issues; assessment methods; choosing appropriate methods; streamlining assessment; plus difficult questions students may ask and an 'assessment manifesto'.

Price £10.00

SEDA Special 2

Teaching and Learning in Small Groups

Ranald Macdonald
1997 ISBN: 0 946815 64 X

A very useful introduction, which is also partly in a workbook format. It covers principles and guidelines; when and why to use groups; types of groups; focusing groups; group skills; group activities; the role of the tutor; what can go wrong; assessing group work.

Price £10.00

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