ESCalate Bulletin No. 42 (17 June 2009)


  1. The last bulletin for this academic year
  2. ESCalate events coming up
  3. New Funding Opportunities from ESCalate for 2009/10
  4. ESCalate Student Conference 2009 - event round-up
  5. E-learning workshop March 2009 - event round-up
  6. ESCalate at the University of Cumbria - ITE report
  7. mhhe workshop resources from the ESCalate ITE conference
  8. HE in FE
  9. Technology updates
  10. New resources on our website
  11. As the end of another year approaches

The last bulletin for this academic year

As the end of another year approaches, we look back on a successful and confident year for ESCalate. We held our first ever Student Conference, and the ITE Conference celebrated its fifth anniversary. We have received a record number of applications for grant funding and have developed a whole raft of new initiatives for both our website and publications.

We hope you enjoy a break over the summer period and we look forward to bringing you news related to ESCalate's continuing activities early in the next term.

All the best


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ESCalate events coming up

Wed 8 July 2009 Assessment in Higher Education Conference

Currently calling for papers. Themes include: assessment design, marking and moderation, involving students in assessment, feedback and student engagement, assessment for Learning, computer-aided assessment.

University of Cumbria, Learning Gateway Carlisle
Fri 17 July 2009 4 year QTS primary degree group

A meeting of the 4 year QTS primary degree group Room AXB014 in the Alexandra Building

University of Cumbria
Tue 22 September 2009 Developing Intercultural Competencies in International Higher Education Communities: Initiating European Conversations

As HEIs, departments and academics in the UK continue to address the various complexities of internationalisation, there is much to be gained from talking to mainland European colleagues who face similar challenges. Our speakers, Dr Hanneke Teekens, Dr Matthias Otten and Professor Martin Haigh, have written and researched extensively in the fields of Internationalisation at home (IaH), developing intercultural competencies in higher education and internationalising the curriculum.

Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol
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New Funding Opportunities from ESCalate for 2009/10

We are currently expanding our range of funding opportunities for 2009/2010 and would ask you to look at for a complete overview.

We now have two themed areas of funding

And three areas of non-themed funding

For more information on any of these funding opportunities please contact (Projects co-ordinator) or (Projects administrator). Please pass these links on to any colleagues you feel might be interested in applying.

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ESCalate Student Conference 2009 - event round-up

Delegates at the First ESCalate Student Conference 'Students as Researchers: Novice to Expert' were drawn from all stages of their academic career, and represented Higher Education Institutions from all over the UK and beyond.

After a brief welcome from Tony Brown Director of ESCalate, and Robin Clark of the CLIPP (Centre for Learning Innovation and Professional Practice, Aston University, who kindly supported the Conference) Professor James Conroy, Dean of Education at Glasgow University gave a keynote address in which he highlighted some of the 'tricky corners' to be negotiated in the process of becoming a 'scholar', fundamentally devoted to the search for truth.

In a packed day, delegates had a wide variety of seminars to attend in the morning and you can find full details of these and the keynote at on the ESCalate website.

Anyone who has been involved with ESCalate or has attended any of their events knows the importance they attach to providing delegates with the opportunity to mix and chat informally in a relaxed setting. This was reflected, not only in the breaks but also in the Open Space Technology session in the afternoon, led by Helen Bulpitt, which allowed all delegates to share views on self-selected topics. The final 'round the room' discussion flowed naturally from this, and made a fitting end under the skilful chairing of Tony Brown.

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E-learning workshop March 2009 - event round-up

On March 26th, ESCalate, with funding from JISC, ran e-learning 2009: A Hands-on Workshop at the University of Leeds.

Julie Hughes at the University of Wolverhampton presented E-portfolio-based learning: a practitioner perspective

Paul Ayres of Intute presented Social Media for Education, which included tools such as Twitter, Delicious, Slideshare, blogs, podcasts and YouTube

JISC TechDis presented Using Xerte create to your own e-learning materials

There were also presentations from ESCalate and JISC regarding available e-learning resources.

For further information, or to access any of these presentations, visit:

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ESCalate at the University of Cumbria - ITE report

Escalate at the University of Cumbria presented the 5th annual ITE conference, 'Teacher Education; towards a new era', at Glyndŵr University, Wrexham, North Wales on May 15th 2009. The conference was a great success and attracted delegates from Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and all parts of England. Glyndŵr proved to be a popular venue and thanks are due to all the staff, from both Cumbria and Glyndŵr, who played their part in making the day run smoothly. An experimental 'fluid' format to the day was generally enjoyed by delegates who could 'customise' their conference to suit their own needs.

Professor Joan Whitehead from UWE and UCET gave our keynote address, challenging us to vision and to realise opportunities in a new era for teacher education. Within the short space of time allocated to the keynote Joan covered a wide range of issues for teacher education in a most thought-provoking way. Delegates really enjoyed this excellent opening to the conference, finding it to be inspiring, accessible and authoritative; future vision with feet firmly planted on the ground.

Over 100 colleagues from Wales, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland presented in symposia, round tables and workshops and most certainly kept up the high standard of presentation we have come to expect from this conference. Delegates were spoiled for choice because of the range of fascinating topics on offer, and feedback suggests much evidence of impact on practice and value to colleagues. We look forward already to welcoming all to our 6th conference in 2010!

Our final event of the year is the 'Teaching, a Masters profession' colloquium in June. You will be able to find feedback from this in the Masters section of the Help Directory on the website.

ESCalate ITE at the University of Cumbria is starting its own new era from August 2009, continuing to support the teacher education sector across the 4 countries of the UK under our new identity. For full details of this, please see the home page of the ESCalate Cumbria -

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mhhe workshop resources from the ESCalate ITE conference

Learning and mental wellbeing: making the connections in Initial Teacher Education

mhhe (mental health in higher education) have produced some resources from their workshop held in April at the ESCalate ITE conference. Please see here for more details

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HE in FE

Tony Brown and Julie Hughes have been supporting the University of Plymouth HELP CETL Award Holders to develop in their scholarly and research activity by facilitating a series of workshops with Dr. Becky Turner (U0P). A series of workshops and a 2 day writing retreat have led to a publication written by the Award Holders about their journeys as HE in FE practitioners. This publication will be launched on July 17th at the University of Plymouth.

This capacity building and retreat model is being replicated for the University of Glamorgan (beginning July 8th) which will involve University of Plymouth staff and Award Holders.

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Technology updates

Julie Hughes was invited to be a JISC Expert Consultant in E-portfolio within her ESCalate remit. This role includes membership of the JISC Expert Learning and Teaching Group. In this capacity Julie has acted as a reviewer for the forthcoming JISC publication, Effective Practice in the Digital Age, which will be launched at the HEA conference in Manchester June 30th -- July 2nd.

Julie will also be facilitating a forthcoming webinar, 6th July, on reflective practice for the current JISC curriculum delivery projects.

Other project work ongoing includes the development of video walkthroughs to support the TEG project. TEG colleagues Marion Jones (LJM) and Karl Wall (IoE) are currently engaged in videoing the walkthroughs which are funded by the JISC/HEA collaboration fund. A draft of the walkthroughs will be demonstrated at the HEA conference by Sharon Waller (HEA) and Julie Hughes.

Julie also contributed to the workshop run by the Academy's Assessment Facilitation Group on 21 April at the Queen's Hotel in Leeds: Assessment Matters: new and creative forms of assessment and feedback.

Further HEA/JISC collaborative work included contributing to the Playing with Learning Conference (HE in FE) held at Warwick University on 13th May. Julie's role included a role play trial scenario standing in the defence of using technology to enhance learning. Julie also ran another in the series of webinars in collaboration with RSCWM at Discover- e 2009 -- RSC online conference 19th -- 21st May.

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New resources on our website

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As the end of another year approaches

Our Director Tony Brown and the team in Bristol would like to acknowledge the work of the ESCalate staff within the University of Cumbria. ESCalate has enjoyed a successful collaboration with the University of Cumbria (formerly St. Martin’s College) whose staff have provided a valuable focus for expertise in school-based Initial Teacher Education.

The highly valued work that colleagues at Cumbria have produced for ESCalate has set a high standard and contributed much to areas such as Masters level work for PGCE and induction for teacher education, and a wide range of seminars and workshops to promote scholarly activity in school-based ITE. Particular thanks go to Professor Sue Bloxham, Dr Sam Twiselton, Dr Alison Jackson, and two former members of the administration staff namely Sue Scowcroft and Kate Wenham.

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