CLTR Annual Conference – Call for Proposals

Transitions and Transformations: Developing Learners and Learning Environments

We are pleased to announce that the Seventh CLTR Learning & Teaching Research Conference will take place on Wednesday 4th June 2008 in the Education Building, Ormskirk Campus.

Conference website

Keynote speakers

We are delighted to have secured two eminent keynote speakers for this event: Professor Kay Sambell, CETL Director of Assessment for Learning Enhancement at Northumbria University; and Professor Sue Bloxham from the University of Cumbria, where she is Professor of Academic Practice and leads the Centre for the Development of Learning and Teaching (CDLT).

Call for papers
The deadline for receipt of abstracts (up to 300 words) is 9am on Monday 18th February 2008. Full details of the themes and call for papers are available from the CLTR Conference website

This year’s conference focuses specifically on three key themes of enhancement:
• first year of undergraduate study
• taught postgraduate study
• tutors as learners

Attention to these themes stems from a continued sector-wide research interest into first year academic induction, the pedagogic distinctiveness and end goal(s) of postgraduate study, and a recognition that the rapidly changing landscape of higher education has implications for the ‘academic engagement’ of anyone responsible for supporting student learning. Here, the term ‘academic engagement’ is being used to express conceptions of learning, ways of knowing and learning behaviours. All presentations will be expected to make appropriate use of relevant literature.

Space will also be allocated to any work in progress that broadly fits the main thrust of the conference – transitions and transformations.

We particularly welcome insights into discipline-specific activity as well as that which has a more generic application, the ultimate aim being to disseminate to a broader audience ideas being tested out in our practice. It is also our intention that the experience for presenters broadens and deepens, through critical feedback, their understanding of their own research interest.

The conference is open to academic and academic related colleagues throughout the University and partner institutions, as well as colleagues from the higher education sector, both nationally and internationally. We are particularly keen to encourage Edge Hill University staff to use the conference as an opportunity to disseminate developments in their learning, teaching and assessment practice, and to share and discuss ideas, evidence and learning about pedagogy within our own University. The conference is a great occasion for you to share and discuss your ideas in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

About Jennie Barnsley

I am the Research Development Officer in the CLTR (Centre for Learning & Teaching Research) where I have worked part-time since January 2005. In this role I develop activities and resources to encourage and support colleagues across the institution to research their pedagogic theory and practice.
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