You can read the conference highlights, which includes a video of 'what people thought', some photos and commentary from Calie Pistorius, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hull who delivered the keynote address.
I also managed to miss the next HEA conference from my last blog post about conference dates for 2010/11 - The Annual Conference 2011 will take place on the 5-6 July at East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham.
I didn't attend, but have seen some blog posts from Paul Maharg at zeugma.typepad.com recently, so here's a few snippets and links to the 2010 conference in Hertfordshire that have a legal education slant to them:HEA conference, day one
Am at the Annual
HEA conference, this year being held at the U. of Hertfordshire, de
Havilland campus. On budget day. Folk are checking the plasmas in the
breakout areas, not for the football/tennis results, but to see how bad
it will be for education. Subdued atmosphere, in spite of the
blistering weather. Keynote by Calie Pistorius, on innovation -- useful
comments on innovation, attractive slides.
the agenda for the Panel session. What sort? Quality based on
diversity, of students and institutions was Aaron
Porter's answer. But, he warned, if students are going to be
paying more for that experience, there needs to be a better experience.
They can't be expected to be given the same at a higher price. Phil Willis raised
a similar issue; and Mike Baker, in the
Chair, raised the comparison of Vice Chancellors and football managers,
not least in terms of pay...
session by Sue Watling on 'Gutenberg to Google: access denied'.
Interesting points on disability and access to digital data -- she
compared access to physical access, lowered kerbs, etc. One basic point
was that the shift to a Windows GUI was a setback to access because of
the visual cues it introduced to the interface. Inclusive practice, for
her, should include unknown users, diversity of preference, and
avoiding the MEE-model. She gave an example: a drag & drop activity
where the items were one whole graphic, and therefore not available to
keystrokes. Text as graphics was another example...
The blurb for this session -- 'we will discuss how nomadic technology will utterly transform learning' -- is irresistible. Stuart Smith (3 Sheep Ltd, in association with MIMAS), started by defining nomadic learners pretty broadly as anyone with mobile devices + travel + working & learning.
Good to see IMPALA as the basis for this work -- really good project.
Session on mobile learning by mobile devices and educational context,
by Don Vinson, Simon Padley and Joanna Hardman, U. of Gloucestershire.
Physical sciences disciplinary context, but in many ways applicable to
almost all disciplines. Three examples were given, below the fold...
No surprise that I was at this session since I was part of the team delivering it, with Karen Barton and Patricia McKellar. Lots of ideas re SIMPLE and other sims, Simshare and OER slides in 30 mins...
Questions were taken, eg about the sustainability
of digital resources -- good point, though it goes beyond the Simshare
project. LPs > CDs > digital files... as a society we've still to
come to terms with that. Other questions concerned the nature of the
community. Good session (though I say so myself...).
On the train, back to Newcastle. Reflections on the last two days...