ARU is developing its engagement with pedagogic research in higher education. Anglia Learning & Teaching is the central point of contact for this growing area of study.
We are passionate about ensuring that knowledge, experience and strategies are shared across our university. Recent work has included establishing the Pedagogic Research Directory and a cross faculty research group to support the development of educational expertise.
Pedagogic research can be defined as research that enhances the theoretical and/or conceptual understanding of teaching and learning processes, experiences, outcomes and contexts in higher education.
During the 2015/16 academic year, a number of activities were initiated to develop pedagogic research across the University. A key driver has been our link with the Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory (PedRIO) at Plymouth University with Professor Pauline Kneale's keynote 'Reflections on building a pedagogic research community' at our Engage conference in 2016. Professor Debby Cotton also gave the seminar Supporting and developing pedagogic research in HE in November 2015.
The focus on pedagogic research has emerged at a time when there is greater emphasis on multidisciplinary research about teaching and learning across the higher education sector with the advent of the Teaching Excellence Framework and the Stern Review of the Research Excellence Framework.
In 2016 Dr Simon Pratt-Adams and Mark Warnes began running informal monthly seminars on both Cambridge and Chelmsford campuses for those interested in the field to talk about their work. View the Upcoming events section below for more information.
The Pedagogic Research Directory was launched at our annual Learning and Teaching conference, Engage, in June 2016. It's a searchable database containing all publications resulting from University Teaching Fellowship Awards and Learning and Teaching Project Awards. It also aims to develop new knowledge of relevance to learning and teaching in higher education.
The Higher Education Academy has released a practice guide on Action Research by Dr Lydia Arnold, Harper Adams University, and Professor Lin Norton, Liverpool Hope University. The guide was written specifically for higher education practitioners who are interested in improved students' learning experiences through the process of researching their own practice. It is accompanied by a separate document with case studies from a range of disciplines and topics.
The fourth conference in the Enhancing Student Learning Through Innovative Scholarship series explores the transitions and mechanisms by which students and staff are supported and support each other in succeeding in enhancing their academic practice. The conference takes place on 12–13 July at the University of Bristol. Book your place.
The call for papers is open until 29 April. Contributions can take the form of a talk, snapshot, panel discussion or workshop. Submit your paper.
Creative Education will be publishing a special issue, Creativity, Excellence and Innovation in Education. Potential topics include excellence in education, creativity and innovation, innovative learning environment, and vision and leadership.
The submission deadline is 29 March. Submit your paper.
Evaluating skills and knowledge capture lies at the cutting edge of contemporary higher education where there is a drive towards increasing evaluation of classroom performance and use of digital technologies in pedagogy. Developing Educators for the Digital Age provides a narrative account of teacher development geared towards the further usage of technologies (including iPads, MOOCs and whiteboards) in the classroom presented via the histories and observation of a diverse group of teachers engaged in the multiple dimensions of their profession.
The University of the West of Scotland's Learning, Teaching and Research Conference is held on 27–28 June at Paisley. It combines research and enterprise explicitly with learning and teaching in reflecting institutional and sectional development. Book your place.
The Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education (JARHE) is an internationally peer-reviewed journal and is seeking research articles focusing on the scholarship and practice of teaching and learning. Submit your paper.
The Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (AJET) has just released a Call for Papers for a special issue to be published in early 2019, entitled "Re-Examining Cognitive Tools: New Developments, New Perspectives, and New Opportunities for Educational Technology Research". The special issue seeks to rekindle and re-energise scholarly interest in, and dialogue around, the concept of educational technologies as cognitive tools for learning, with a particular focus on higher education and other post-secondary education contexts. The submission deadline is 1 August. Submit your paper.
The Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory (PedRIO) is hosting its 7th annual conference on 20 April at Plymouth University. The conference aims to disseminate best practice and allow for knowledge exchange on important key themes, relevant to teaching and learning provision within the university sector. Book your place.
The Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF) is a public benefit foundation funded by a group of private philanthropists with interests in academia and social science, founded in 2008. It is dedicated to advancing the social sciences through the promotion of new modes of inquiry and the development of interdisciplinary expertise and methods, and through better understanding of social entities and processes.
They award prizes through grant competitions and for essays concentrating on Social Theory, Economics, Organisation Studies, and Digital Social Science.
The Society for Research into Higher Education, in collaboration with the Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, invites applications for its prize for newer researchers. This supports early stage researchers in the field of higher education research by enabling them to undertake a research project in their own right, or develop research skills which will help advance their research career.
Applicants must be researchers with a minimum of a first undergraduate degree and currently registered as a student with, or undertaking research associated with, a university or college department, who also have an interest in pursuing a career in higher education research. The awards do not support study towards a postgraduate qualification or research work intended as the basis for a PhD submission. Applicants must be within six years of completing a PhD or equivalent professional qualification.
Grants are worth £3,000 each. The prizes include the support of a society senior researcher as mentor, publication of a paper related to the research project, presentation of the final paper at a society conference, one year’s free membership, and one year’s free subscription to the society’s main journals.
Closing date: 31 March 2018. View more information.
The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning is hosting the conference Toward a Learning Culture on 24–27 October 2018 in Bergen Norway. The conference will explore how teaching staff, students, educational leaders, administrators and community members can collaborate to foster a learning culture. Book your place.
The International Consortium for Educational Development (ICED) promotes educational and academic development in higher education worldwide. The conference is taking place on 5–8 June 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Book your place.
Power and Education is an international peer-reviewed journal promoting critical studies of contemporary educational practice and challenging practices and assumptions of mainstream educational research. Innovative and provocative work stimulating debate around the analysis, construction, deployment and discourses of power in educational practice, research and theory is particularly encouraged, as is work exploring forms of presentation and representation. Submit your paper.
Next year's Higher Education Academy Conference is taking place 3–5 July 2018 in Birmingham and the focus is Learning from global community. The conference is split into five strands over three days. Day 1: Arts and Humanities, Health and Social Care. Day 2: Sector priorities. Day 3: STEM, Social Sciences.
SEDA's conference will focus on Understanding and improving the student experience: making a real difference in the new age of metrics and takes place 10–11 May 2017 in Leeds. It will look at how we can both understand and improve that experience in ways which may offer more fundamental educational advantages than the simple metrics of systems like the NSS and the TEF.
The newly formed PedRIO Games and Simulation-enhanced Learning (GSeL) interdisciplinary research theme group is hosting the Gaming and Simulation-Enhanced Learning Conference on 3 November in Plymouth. The conference will consider GSeL as a pedagogical approach to education and include themes such as gamification and social game mechanics, mobile, virtual and mixed reality applications, and evaluation challenges for GSeL. Book your place.
ICERI is one of the largest international education conferences for lecturers, researchers, technologists and professionals from the educational sector. A publication will be produced with all the accepted abstracts and papers.
Compass: Journal of Learning and Teaching has published a TEF special edition of their open access journal. The opinion pieces review the value of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and examine common concerns such as the chosen metrics and viability of the framework.
The International Journal for Students as Partners (IJSaP) has just published its first issue, Vol. 1, No. 1 (2017). IJSap is a new journal about learning and teaching together in higher education. IJSaP explores new perspectives, practices, and policies regarding how students and staff are working in partnership to enhance learning and teaching in higher education. Mick Healey, who will be leading the Reflections on developing the scholarship of teaching and learning workshop, is senior editor and can be contacted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mike Mimirinis (FHSCE) has published the journal article Variability in University Students' Use of Technology: An 'Approaches to Learning' Perspective, which we have added to the Pedagogic Research Directory.
AERA Open is a peer-reviewed, open access journal published by the American Education al Research Association. The journal emphasises rapid review and dissemination of high quality education research, and articles are published on a continuous basis as they are accepted. Read the editors' Inaugural Editorial and consult with the editors. You can also submit your manuscript.
Routledge Publishing has commissioned the Legal Pedagogy Series, consisting of multi-author texts that explore best practice in the law school curriculum and teaching methodologies. The aim of the Series is to promote discussion as to how best to teach components of the law degree and ensure the ongoing validity of the law degree. Please contact Series Editor, Kris Gledhill, AUT Law School, Auckland, New Zealand, if you have a suggestion or proposal for books that might fit within this Series.
Educators are being forced to consider their educational practices due to the influence of digital technologies on the world and not all have been socialised professionally to use these technologies. This book adds to the emerging conversations about the use of technologies to support and – indeed – replace traditional teaching methodologies in a range of educational settings. The LearningWheel is an innovative approach focused on bridging the knowledge gap and provides an opportunity for readers to engage with technologies for teaching and learning purposes.
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The Rockefeller Foundation invites applications for its academic writing residency. This provides university or think-tank-based academics and scientists in all disciplines with scholarly residencies at the Bellagio Center. The residents’ research must focus on work that expands opportunities that enable more broadly prosperity and build resilience in people, particularly on the following themes: advance health, revalue ecosystems, secure livelihoods, and transform cities. Applicants have to be academics at mid to senior-level positions with a record of significant achievement in their field. Collaborative residencies for up to four people working on the same project may also be supported. Candidates from developing countries are particularly encouraged to apply. The residency lasts two to four weeks and provides the resident and their spouse or life partner with room and board. Travel assistance may also be available.
The next call is expected to close on 1 May 2018. View more information.
The Open University publishes a series of reports entitled Innovating Pedagogy. The series explore new forms of teaching, learning and assessment for an interactive world, to guide teachers and policy makers in productive innovation.
Scholars' Press provides high-quality academic publishing and supports research. They offer authors services such as marketing, production and distribution. Visit the website.
In July, Professor Mick Healey, Higher Education Consultant gave the workshop Reflections on the Scholarship of Learning and Teaching. View the slides and handouts in the dropdown menu Workshops.
Monday 8 January, 16.30–18.00, Cambridge
Tuesday 9 January, 16.30–18.00, Chelmsford
Monday 5 February, 16.30–18.00, Cambridge
Tuesday 6 February, 16.30–18.00, Chelmsford
Monday 9 April, 16.30–18.00, Cambridge
Tuesday 10 April, 16.30–18.00, Chelmsford
Monday 14 May, 16.30–18.00, Cambridge
Tuesday 15 May, 16.30–18.00, Chelmsford
Monday 11 June, 16.30–18.00, Cambridge
Tuesday 12 June, 16.30–18.00, Chelmsford
Monday 23 April, 16.00–19.00, Cambridge, LAB214
Tuesday 24 April, 16.00–19.00, Chelmsford, MAB108
Monday 5 March, 16.30–18.00, Cambridge, LAB214
Tuesday 6 March, 16.30–18.00, Chelmsford, MAR101
Early stage writers, Tuesday 23 January, 9.30–16.00
Established writers, Friday 29 June, 9.30–16.00