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Enhancing the student experience in lifelong learning: research and practice

Date(s) Thursday 24-Friday 25 May 2007
Venue NCSL Learning and Conference Centre, Nottingham
Organised by ESCalate and University of Nottingham

The conference will comprise a mixture of keynotes, parallel sessions of workshops and discussion papers covering the themes of: Flexible delivery (eg. e-learning, distance learning, work-based learning); Part-time study; Inclusion; Assessment and feedback; Research-teaching linkages

Keynote speakers include:

  • Professor John Field: Director of the Division of Academic Innovation and Continuing Education; Deputy Principal (Research), University of Stirling, Associate Director of ESCalate.

  • Professor Lee Harvey: Director, Centre for Research and Evaluation, Sheffield Hallam University.

  • Professor Kathryn Eccleston: Professor of Post-Compulsory Education, Westminster Institute of Education, Oxford Brookes University.

  • Dr Hazel Knox: Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of Paisley.

Workshops topics include:

Promoting inclusive teaching practice

Evaluating prior assessment experiences

Reusable electronic learning objects

Enhancing flexible delivery

Assessment and feedback design

Innovations in teaching

Engaging with reflective practice

Presentation topics include:

Academic communities in the workplace

Work based tasks – using observation to support learning from experience

Pushing the Parameters: ePioneers of Assessment?

Impact of the student learning experience upon retention

Enhancing the Learner Experience: A Flexible Work Based Approach

All in the detail: increasing student diversity and its implications for inclusive practice


Negotiated learning

Innovative and flexible practices to enhance learning for work-based students

Blended learning: a more flexible and enhanced learning experience

Oral interaction and lifelong learners

The experience of mature women students in higher education

Registration Fee(s)

Early bird rate £305 (until 02 03 2007) - inclusive of accommodation, conference dinner and entertainment.

Standard rate £325 - inclusive of accommodation, conference dinner and entertainment.

Day delegate rate 24 May – includes lunch - £115.

Day delegate rate 25 May – includes lunch - £115

Conference dinner, wine reception and entertainment (24 May) - £45.

Cancellation: Cancellation of places should be in writing (faxes and email accepted). A 20% administrative charge will apply to cancellations received before Friday 13 April 2007. After this date, or for non-attendance on the day, the full fee will be payable.

For further information please contact:

ESCalate @ Stirling
Airthey Castle
University of Stirling
Phone: 01786 467946
Fax: 01786 466131