ESCalate Bulletin No. 64 (14 February 2011)

Contents

  1. ESCalate Third Annual Student Conference - 'Employability and Enterprise in Education'
  2. Two Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) workshops this March
  3. Working with diverse groups of learners in the digital age - call for case studies
  4. Our Analysis of National Student Survey results for Education Departments
  5. Using student feedback for enhancement
  6. A request for help from JISC Techdis

ESCalate Third Annual Student Conference - 'Employability and Enterprise in Education'

Preparations are nearing completion for our Third Student Conference with its highly relevant theme of  'Employability and Enterprise in Education' which will be held on April 11th 2011 at Liverpool Hope University.

We are very pleased to announce that Dr Paul Redmond - Head of Careers & Employability at the University of Liverpool - has confirmed he will give the keynote speech, so it promises to be a fascinating and rewarding event.

We're inviting students and academics who are interested in leading a session, to submit an abstract of around 200 words - you can submit as an individual, or part of a group. The deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday the 25th February.

As in previous years, we will also be running a poster session to give students the opportunity to share with delegates their opinions and insights on the conference theme(s). If you would like to take part in this year’s poster session, submit your application - available to download from the event page - by Friday the 25th February. Taking part is just one way you can start to improve your employability!

For more details on how you can contribute, or to submit your presentation abstract or poster outline, check the main event page or contact B.Soucek@bristol.ac.uk.

Registration is open now and spaces are limited.

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Two Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) workshops this March

‘Care and Well being: personal, social and global approaches to ESD/GC in ITE’

Date: Wednesday 2nd March

Venue: London South Bank University

A half  day workshop in London for teacher education tutors, teachers, researchers and any educational professional with an interest in Education for Sustainable Development. Organised by ESCalate (HEA Subject Centre for Education) and the UK ITE Network in conjunction with the London South Bank University.

The cost is £30 to attend, and we are offering a student concession rate of £10.

For further details and to register online please visit:

http://escalate.ac.uk/7675

'The transformative impact of international experience on professional learning' Workshop.

Date: Wednesday 23rd March

Venue:Liverpool Hope University

A one day workshop in Liverpool presenting research findings from teacher educators with experience of leading international placements in a range of European and developing countries. Organised by ESCalate (HEA Subject Centre for Education) and the UK ITE Network in conjunction with Liverpool Hope University.

The cost is £30 to attend, and we are offering a student concession rate of £10.

For further details and to register online please visit:

http://escalate.ac.uk/7733

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Working with diverse groups of learners in the digital age - call for case studies

ESCalate are planning a series of events and a publication to showcase and explore how practitioners are supporting and enhancing learning in the digital age. We are keen to include examples from across our membership including Education Studies, Family and Childhood Studies, ITE and Continuing Education and to include the student experience/voice.

So if you are engaged in some interesting and innovative work with your learners which exploits the opportunities of the digital domain we'd like to hear from you.

Please contact Julie Hughes j.hughes2@wlv.ac.uk and Steve Rose s.rose@exeter.ac.uk  with an overview of the activities, a description of the students and context and a brief commentary on the success/pitfalls of the initiative including reference to student feedback.

The first 'Teacher Educators Workshop' in the series takes place on Monday 28th February at the University of East London. For more details or to register please visit: http://escalate.ac.uk/7797

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Our Analysis of National Student Survey results for Education Departments

This new report analyses the 2009 Education NSS results, providing evidence about what undergraduate students studying Education think about their experience. It draws out particular issues and investigates differences between programmes of study (Teacher Training, Education Studies and Combined Courses), between HE and FE, gender, and UK countries. The report highlights issues that staff in Education departments may want to consider when developing their courses and modules.

The report can be downloaded from our new student feedback webpage: http://escalate.ac.uk/studentfeedback

There is also a forthcoming HEA conference, 'Surveys for Enhancement', to be held on 19 May 2011 in Nottingham of which one theme is using the National Student Survey for enhancement.

Online booking, the programme and further details are available here:  http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/events/detail/2011/academyevents/19_May_Surveys_For_Enhancement 

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Using student feedback for enhancement

Sharing examples of practice of how Education departments have used student feedback including NSS to enhance students’ experiences can support departments’ in developing their own strategies.

We have two case studies so far that can be downloaded from our student feedback webpage: http://escalate.ac.uk/studentfeedback

If you have a case study you would like to submit, please contact Lyndsay Grant at lyndsay.grant@bristol.ac.uk.

There is no prescribed format for case studies, but they should:

  • describe what student feedback data was used and how it was interpreted
  • explain what enhancement activities were undertaken in response
  • if available, give any indications of the effectiveness of the activities; and
  • be less than 1000 words
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A request for help from JISC Techdis

From Terry McAndrew (JISC TEchdis)

Here at JISCTechdis we are working to encourage publishers to provide
textbooks in alternative formats. We need to gather evidence from a subject
perspective - either directly from the academic or though the subject
librarians they work with.

Students with accessibility needs can benefit enormously from the provision
of an online version as they can process it through various accessibility
applications e.g. have it magnified or read out to them. Students without
accessibility needs can benefit from having an 'unlimited supply' of copies
in the library.

If you feel you would like to help in this survey please see the letter attached and contact Terry Andrew direct at terry@techdis.ac.uk .


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