ESCalate Bulletin No. 40 (12 February 2009)


  1. Welcome to our February bulletin
  2. Up and coming events
  3. Our Student Conference - April 20th - Sign up Quick!
  4. News of an Open University PBPL event - open to everyone
  5. ESCalate on Delicious—a new way to share web resources
  6. Springtime ITE round up
  7. NewsFilm Online and Assisted Take-Up Project Materials
  8. Mental Health and Initial Teacher Education, new resources from mhhe
  9. Finding resources on our website has now become easier

Welcome to our February bulletin

Hopefully the severe weather we have been having lately is on the turn and we should be able to look forward to more stable springtime weather.

If however, I have spoken too soon and you are still snowed in and unable to move from your desk, we have gathered together a series of interesting bulletin items for you to read through. If indeed you have still more time on your hands and would like to pen a piece for our next bulletin, the copy date is 30.3.09, please send them to me, .

Thank you and we hope you enjoy this edition.


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Up and coming events

Tue 24-Wed 25 February 2009 eReturn – using ePortfolios to support women returners to employment

Our focus is on using ePortfolios within technical and scientific disciplines especially with women returning after a career break, but this will be of general interest to anyone working in ePortfolios and how they can support lifelong learning

Aston Business School - Birmingham
Wed 25 February 2009 Debates in Higher Education: The role of doctoral students: academic independence and the creation of knowledge. A case study of the Social Sciences PhD in a UK research-intensive university

From UCL's Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching (CALT)

SB4, 188 Tottenham Court Road, London
Fri 27 February 2009 Problem-based Learning for Initial Teacher Education

A one day ESCalate ITE Seminar for Schools Assisting staff involved in Teacher Education across the UK in developing Problem Based Learning for effective teaching using realistic experiences to enhance learning

The General Teaching Council for Scotland Headquarters
Wed 4 Mar-Fri 3 April 2009 Reflective learning in higher education and professional development

This online course provides a broad introduction to the topic of reflective learning for those who are promoting this activity with learners. The focus is on the provision of practical ideas that are applicable to working directly with students.

Online course
Thu 5-Fri 6 March 2009 6th Annual Enhancement Themes Conference

The Enhancement Themes conference is an important event in the Scottish higher education calendar. Participants will hear speakers from across Scotland and further afield and have opportunities to participate in discussion and debate

Edinburgh Conference Centre, Heriot-Watt University
Mon 9 March 2009 Research Seminar Series 2009: Access and Success for All

“Taking the university to the community”: Working with community based partners to provide accessible routes into higher education

The Open University, London Regional Centre, 1-11 Hawley Crescent, Camden Town, London, NW1 8NP
Tue 10-Wed 11 March 2009 Next Generation Technologies in Practice Conference 2009

If you are interested in new developments in multimedia social technologies, social networking, online communities, virtual worlds and new skills, and want to know more about how you and your staff can benefit from these technologies right now

Burleigh Court, Loughborough University
Mon 23-Tue 24 March 2009 Closing the achievement gap and improving the life chances of all young people UCET/HMI Symposium

The aim of the symposium will be to consider across the jurisdictions the role participants and their organisations can play in helping to close the achievement gap and improve the life chances of all young people.

Ramada Hotel, Belfast
Mon 23 Mar-Fri 1 May 2009 Internationalising the curriculum

This course is designed to introduce teachers in higher education to the wide-ranging concept of an internationalised curriculum. The course will challenge your conceptions of an internationalised curriculum and offer the opportunity to explore curriculum

Online course
Mon 23 March 2009 Becoming a Lecturer in Initial Teacher Education Workshop

This one-day workshop is designed for new lecturers who are in their first three years in post in Higher Education Institutions, where they have a main responsibility for Initial Teacher Education. The day will focus on raising awareness of your professional learning and development in relation to your teaching in higher education, your emerging scholarly and research activities, and your roles and responsibilities in relation to your partner schools.

University of Leicester
Thu 26 March 2009 e-Learning 2009: A Hands-on Workshop

Wish you were more comfortable using new technology developments in your classroom? HE and FE practitioners of e-learning in education will guide you through a range of e-learning applications inthis free hands-on workshop, allowing you to come away filled with ideas, know-how, and a jump start on your own e-learning projects.

University of Leeds
Mon 30-Tue 31 March 2009 HE in FE culture and experience: a partnership perspective

The conference will bring together a wealth of strategic and organisational learning from seven HE in FE partnerships and give participants the opportunity to debate, share ideas and make contacts that will help them shape the future

University of Warwick
Thu 2 April 2009 Shock of the Old 2009: Digital literacy: the role of new media in the HE curriculum

The Learning Technologies Group at Oxford University Computing Services is pleased to announce its eighth annual one-day conference on educational technologies.

Said Business School, University of Oxford
Fri 3 April 2009 Beyond Walls - Oxford University Podcasting Conference

The Beyond Walls conference will look at the issues surrounding lecture room capture, webcasting and the rise of podcasting. It will include talks on the complete lifecycle of material; capture, processing and encoding, presentation and archival.

Said Business School, University of Oxford
Mon 6 April 2009 Fourth Symposium on Social Learning Space: Learning Outside the Square

The aim of the Symposium is to explore new and innovative social learning spaces. The keynote speakers will be Nicolette Lee (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia) and Ian Bentley (Oxford Brookes University)

Oxford Brookes University’s Gipsy Lane Campus in Headington, Oxford
Mon 6-Tue 7 April 2009 Association for Learning Development in Higher Education Symposium 2009: The Challenge of Learning Development

This year's symposium theme offers an opportunity to engage with a range of debates about the nature and purposes of learning development.

Bournemouth University
Mon 6-Tue 7 April 2009 6th Learning Development in Higher Education Network (LDHEN) symposium: The Challenge of Learning Development

Over 40 presentations/workshops, as well as posters, a labyrinth for reflective work and a graffiti wall--do come along, join in and add your voice to the evolving conversation about learning development in the UK and Ireland

Bournemouth University
Mon 6-Wed 8 April 2009 The 8th Conference of the Discourse, Power, Resistance Series

The conference brings together researchers, teachers and learners from within and beyond educational institutions to debate the issues of power in a changing world and to see what needs doing to make a difference

Manchester Metropolitan University
Mon 20 April 2009 Students as Researchers: Novice to Expert; The First Annual ESCalate Student Conference

This is an event for Education undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral students and will consider the value and purpose of small-scale personal research in education for both individuals and groups.

Lakeside Centre (Birmingham)
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Our Student Conference - April 20th - Sign up Quick!

Students as Researchers: novice to expert - April 20th 2009, Lakeside Centre, Ashton University, Birmingham

ESCalate is delighted to announce its first Student Conference! This occasion is designed to provide a forum for Education students at all levels, from Undergraduate to PhD, to get together and share best practice, ideas and information. This year we are focusing on the theme of Students as Researchers. As original individual research becomes more central to studies at every level, this is a matter of vital concern to us all.

We are very happy to welcome Professor James C. Conroy of the University of Glasgow as our keynote speaker. There will also be plenty of opportunity to have your say in the Open Space discussion and much to learn from a wide range of sessions. More details can be found on our website at

Outline programme for the day

Negotiating Tricky Corners: Becoming a Researcher in Education Professor James C Conroy, University of Glasgow
Getting Involved From The Word Go! – research as part of the first year undergraduate experience Professor Kay Sambell, Northumbria University Linda Graham, Dr Catherine Montgomery
The Research Process: from Inception to Dissemination Chaired by Dr Alexis Taylor, ESCalate Academic Consultant Brunel University
Inquiry Based Learning Dr Margaret Page, Dr Hugo Gaggiotti, University of the West of England
Web 2.0 technologies as research tools? Julie Hughes, Emma Purnell University of Wolverhampton
Creating Research Opportunities throughEnterprise and Innovation Joe Gazdula Amanda Dalzell, Javed Munshi, Liverpool Hope University
Poster Presentations Student groups from all over the UK
Open Space Technology Session Facilitated by Helen Bulpitt, Deputy Director, SWAP
Final Plenary Dr Tony Brown, Director, ESCalate

Booking is easy, it can all be done through the website. Please forward this notification to anyone you feel might be interested in a valuable and thought provoking day.

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News of an Open University PBPL event - open to everyone

You are warmly invited to attend a PBPL Fellows event hosted by Jonathan Hughes

Configuring Life Histories - what does it add to knowledge and ways of knowing?

Jonathan Hughes is a Lecturer in the Centre for Widening Participation in the Open University.

Wednesday 25th February from 15.30 to 17.30

Room 8 CETL offices, 1st Floor East Perry, Walton Hall,

Milton Keynes

Configuring Life Histories was a project which was funded by the PBPL-CETL and was led by Jonathan Hughes and Mike Lucas (OUBS). Five Associate Lecturers were asked to interview their own students about being asked to reflect.

The research has been carried out and a Final Report submitted to the PBPL-CETL. At the moment, there are no plans to engage in further research or to bid for funds to support such research.

And yet …

Given the commitment of students and of Associate Lecturers as well as of that of the CETL and the project leaders, should we really leave it at that?

The event will explore whether it might be worth revisiting the research to see if considering knowledge and ways of knowing might provide a framework to bring different perspectives into view and, perhaps, lead on to a better understanding of the work. Such an approach might also suggest ways to develop journal articles based on the research.

Hughes, Lecturer, Centre for Widening Participation

Configuring Life Histories - What knowledge and ways of knowing does it include?

Configuring Life Histories was a PBPL-CETL funded project led by Jonathan Hughes and Mike Lucas (OUBS).

The project focused on asking five Associate Lecturers to interview their own students about being asked to reflect.

The project has been completed and the Final Report has been submitted. No additional research is proposed and no further bids for funding have been made.

And yet …

Given the investment of students, Associate Lecturers, the project leaders and the CETL, should it be left at that?

The aim of the event is to reflect on the various stages of the project to see what knowledge and what ways of knowing have been generated through the research. It will also seek to establish whether this examination provides a useful way to gain more understanding about the role of reflection for our students. Finally, can such understanding support the writing of journal articles?

Tea, coffee and cakes will be provided from 15.15 and there will be plenty of time for discussion.

Who should attend: Open University staff and colleagues from other Higher Education Institutions.

Registration: The seminar is free to attend. To register, see our website

PBPL: The Practice-based Professional Learning Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (PBPL) is about developing expertise and knowledge around practice-based professional learning and offering this to all Open University colleagues and other bodies with an interest in practice-based learning.

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ESCalate on Delicious—a new way to share web resources

ESCalate has been experimenting with social bookmarking as a web 2.0 way to collate and share online education resources. We have started to create a list of these resources on one of the web’s most popular social bookmarking sites, Delicious.

While our list is still in its early stages, we invite you to view it at:

This link is publicly available and you do not need to be a registered Delicious user to access it.

We have also created a permanent link to ESCalate’s Delicious page at:

For more information about using Delicious, we highly recommend the following video:

Have good resources you would like to share with the ESCalate community?

In order to recommend a page to ESCalate, you will need to create a Delicious account (but we highly recommend it—it’s useful, fun and free!). Visit the below page and click on the green button at the top right reading “Join Now”:

Simply follow Delicious’ guide to getting started. In order to recommend a page to ESCalate, “tag” a page with the words for:escalate

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Springtime ITE round up

ESCalate ITE at the University of Cumbria has started its programme in 2009 with successful events on ‘How to write good abstracts for conferences’ at MMU and a workshop on ‘Reflecting on Reflection’ at the University of Gloucestershire. From the latter event we have started a folder on the Help Directory called ‘Reflection’. A second new folder is entitled ‘Mental Health and Teacher Education’. At present this simply contains a link to a new page on the Mental Health in Higher Education website and we hope to add to it throughout the year. For this and any other file on the Directory, we are always looking to add to the collection, so send anything you have - useful links, articles, papers, quick ideas - all are useful to share with the sector. To reach the Help Directory, go to .

Another new file on the Help Directory is ‘CITE’ (Creativity in Initial Teacher Education). This is a comprehensive set of resources which are the result of a 2 year programme of work developed by Creative Partnerships in Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside, working with University Teacher Education partners in the North West of England. There is a full introduction and a list of titles which we are sure you will find useful.

The workshop on problem-based learning (PBL), to be held at the offices of the General Teaching Council for Scotland in Edinburgh on February 27th is attracting a lot of interest. Dr Alastair McPhee from the University of Glasgow will give the keynote, drawing on his experience with PBL. If you would like to join us, please go to to book your place.

The New Teacher Educator day held at the University of Cumbria, Lancaster campus, on November 12th 2008 was most successful and, as promised, we are presenting a second event. This event for new teacher educators will be held at the University of Leicester on March 23rd 2009. Booking has just opened so go to to register and if you know of new teacher educators who are not aware of this ESCalate work and might benefit from the workshop, please pass on the message.

Our annual ITE conference has attracted a large number of exciting submissions and will be looking forward ‘towards a new era’. We are delighted to welcome Professor Joan Whitehead to give the opening keynote and introduce our theme by speaking on; ‘Challenges and opportunities for teacher education in a new era: visioning and realising’. Professor Whitehead has a wealth of experience in teacher education and she will stimulate us into thinking about trends in teacher education policies, as well as demographic, economic and social challenges, and question our responsiveness to these challenges. Booking has opened if you would like to make sure of your place. The conference will be held at Glyndŵr University, Wrexham.

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NewsFilm Online and Assisted Take-Up Project Materials

The NewsFilm Online digital archive is now available to all members of the tertiary community as a free resource digitized under the JISC digitization programme. It can be accessed at :

The University of Hull has recently completed a complimentary resource, also funded by the JISC, called Enhancing Teaching and Learning with Digitised Resources which is freely available online via the following portal:

This resource includes video screencast presentations, illustrating how the NewsFilm Online archive can be incorporated into teaching and learning, along with a series of authentic video case studies and a series of technical tutorials explaining how to edit and re-purpose the clips for different audiences.

The project team at the University of Hull are currently working with a series of teacher educators and their respective institutions to explore how the Enhancing Teaching and Learning with Digitised Resources can be used by trainee teachers and teacher educators to help them understand better how to use technology appropriately in support of student learning.

At the heart of the project is an innovative framework (the Digital Artefacts for Learner Engagement framework – DiAL-e) which enables the teacher to select from a series of learning designs around the use of video in different types of spaces. Further details about the framework can be found at:

The framework has been piloted with a variety of different users and the results have encouraged the project team to extend the trial to a wider group of users including teacher educators and their trainee students. The team are currently working with a number of providers in New Zealand and Australia and would like to invite UK participants to get involved as well. Student teachers can register on the site enabling them to add comments, rate exemplars and upload their own user-generated exemplars. Several institutions are exploring the potential of this facility and the associated resources to develop digital literacy skills for trainee teachers during the teaching practice and during the university based elements of the course. If you would like to explore the possibility of using the resources in this way and think you might benefit from joining this informal network please contact Kevin Burden, the project co-ordinator, at the University of Hull, 01482 466731 (

We are now exploring how we could develop the resource to meet the need of potential users world-wide, and would like to explore the possibility of working with yourself and your students to take this further. In the first instance we are looking to establish a community of teacher trainers which includes students undertaking an initial teacher training programme, their educators and staff involved as mentors in practice schools. All of these categories can use the resource as it stands and we would be very keen to encourage such use. In addition to simply using the resource as consumers we would also like you to consider the possibility of users undertaking the following activities which will have direct educational benefits:

·Adding comments and ratings to the existing exemplar materials which have been posted to the framework on the site

·Uploading their own exemplars to the framework and receiving feedback from users (e.g. comments and ratings)

The web-site we have created currently contains over twenty exemplar movies and the access to the original NewsFilm Online clips featured in each exemplar. Students can download and re-purpose these clips within the terms of the license. Re-purposed exemplars could then be posted back to the web-site for other users to critique and use. In addition there are over sixty additional NewsFilm Online clips available for the same purpose at:

For users outside of the UK and for users in the UK who cannot access these authenticated NewsFilm Online archives, there are a variety of other open source archives available which could be used to the same effect. A wide selection of these resources can be located at:

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Mental Health and Initial Teacher Education, new resources from mhhe

Mental Health in Higher Education (mhhe) aims to enhance learning and teaching about mental health through increasing networking and the sharing of approaches across the disciplines in UK higher education.

mhhe have created a series of resources/publications and links around the issues of mental health and Initial Teacher Education:

For more information contact Jill Anderson at

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Finding resources on our website has now become easier

ESCalate is proud to announce our latest website developments, including the additions of a resources tag cloud and book reviews tag cloud. These new features should make finding our resources much easier (and more fun!).

Take our tag clouds for a test drive today:

The latest developments also include numerous behind-the-scenes features which will help simplify our work and allow us to better (and more efficiently) serve our community.

Special thanks to ESCalate's Web Developer, Julian Halliwell, of Simplicity Web Services Limited.

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