ESCalate Bulletin No. 60 (2 December 2010)

Contents

  1. Petition in support of Subject Centres
  2. ESCalate Autumn 2010 Newsletter - is ready for reading
  3. ESCalate blog post on Gove's White Paper and Initial Teacher Education
  4. 3rd ESCalate Student Conference - Employability and Enterprise in Education
  5. A series of new events - 'Working with diverse groups of learners in the digital age'
  6. Last chance for students to contribute to a student engagement/mobility survey
  7. We need your help to launch our student blog

Petition in support of Subject Centres

We would like to inform those of our community who have asked for suggestions as to ways in which they can express their concern following the HEA decision to discontinue funding for separate Subject Centres of the petition recently set up at:

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/heasubjectcentres/ by Professor Bruce
of Keele University.

If people would prefer to take personal action we suggest contacting Professor Sir Robert Burgess, Vice-Chancellor of Leicester University who is chair of the Higher Education Academy Board to express their concern; or to write to Professor Craig Mahoney, chief executive of the HEA directly.

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ESCalate Autumn 2010 Newsletter - is ready for reading

Just to let you know the latest ESCalate newsletter has been published and can now be viewed at http://escalate.ac.uk/7756. As always please pass this link/email on to any colleagues who might find the articles an interesting read.

This issue contains -

* Project updates from some of our funded projects.
* Reports on ways to involve students in research.
* New developments in online resource databases.
* Ways to use video to enhance teaching.
And much more...

Our next issue in the spring will be around the theme of student employability and graduates with impact.

If you have any comments about the newsletter please feel to send them to me at teresa.nurser@bristol.ac.uk.

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ESCalate blog post on Gove's White Paper and Initial Teacher Education

We have recently put up a new post on our blog page outlining some of the implications of the recent Government White Paper on Schools in relation to ITE.

If you would like to respond to our post please do by entering your comments in the box at the bottom of the article.

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3rd ESCalate Student Conference - Employability and Enterprise in Education

We are in the process of organising our third annual Student Conference to be held at Liverpool Hope University in early April. The theme will be "Employability and Enterprise in Education" and the conference will be aimed at both students and staff.

At this point we are looking for expressions of interest from those of you who might be interested in being a speaker; could organise a workshop; or know of other colleagues or students who might like to take part.

We are also looking for suggestions for the planning of this event - perhaps there are particular topics within employability and enterprise you would like to see covered?

So, please do contact us with your ideas for themes and suggestions for speakers: teresa.nurser@bristol.ac.uk

We very much look forward to hearing from you.

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A series of new events - 'Working with diverse groups of learners in the digital age'

Working with diverse groups of learners in the digital age

ESCalate will be using case studies on e-learning to inform a series of five workshops and ultimately a publication around ‘working with diverse groups of learners in the digital age’.

The case studies will serve as content for the workshops and will ideally be presented by their owners. The workshops will therefore be opportunities to share and showcase good practice amongst a wider audience with an interest in e/blended learning and discussions around the issues raised will inform the final publication.

The workshop events will serve two different but parallel practice contexts – Teacher Education and a more general context serving HE in FE practice and Education Enhancement. Each event will have something for both the novice as well as the more experienced practitioner.

The Teacher Educator events will draw upon cross phase examples (Primary, Secondary and Post Compulsory ITE) and the general workshops will draw upon wider education-subject examples. Speakers from the TDA and researchers from the field will offer thought provoking contexts for the workshops which are intended to be opportunities for networking and discussion.

The first E-learning for Teacher Educators Workshop will be taking place on the 28th February 2011 at the University of East London.

The second E-learning Workshop in the series will take place on the 13th March 2011 at the University of Bristol.

Details of the other events in this series will be published shortly on our Events page.

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Last chance for students to contribute to a student engagement/mobility survey

We have been running a survey to gather students' views on HE institutions' efforts at encouraging student engagement and student mobility and we have had over 100 responses.

Thank-you very much if you passed on the survey link to your students!

The findings would be strengthened if we had a few more responses so perhaps if you haven't done so already you could copy this link to your students - it gives an introduction to the survey so that they can decide if they would like to take part.

http://escalate.ac.uk/engagementmobility

Many staff have been asking for student feedback, as mobility and student engagement are creeping up the HE agenda - so we will provide a report of the findings in due course.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us. fiona.hyland@bristol.ac.uk

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We need your help to launch our student blog

Starting in the New Year we would like a handful of students to contribute to a blog, writing mainly about their experiences studying in education, although not exclusively so! The blog will be accessible through the student pages of the ESCalate website and will allow students to share their experiences with the wider student community.

You can be at any stage of your course, undergraduate or postgraduate. We want to hear from you!

If you’re interested in joining the Student Blog Committee, or would just like to find out a bit more about it, please contact Bianca at b.soucek@bristol.ac.uk.

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