Friday, January 27, 2006

Review of Reflective Practices in Programmes for New Academic Staff

There is a website for another of the HEA funded research reviews, namely Review of Reflective Practices in Programmes for New Academic Staff, based the the University of Manchester. It is a practitioner-based collaborative review. "The review is focused into 6 sub-areas within the context of programme for new academic staff: Outcomes and purposes of reflection; Approaches to reflection stressing the personal dimension; Approaches to reflection stressing the social dimension; Feedback and assessment in reflection; Pedagogic strategies to promote reflection; and finally a separate element of the review will look at the state of practice within the field." Suggestions for items to include are welcomed via an online form.

Photo by S. Webber: Wall, Hathersage.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Undergraduate experience of blended learning approaches

I mentioned in an earlier post that there we were one of 5 groups being funded by the Higher Education Academy to carry out a review. There is some information on the web about one of them, Review of the research literature on the undergraduate experience of blended learning approaches. The core team consists of: Dr. Rhona Sharpe, Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development; Greg Benfield, Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development; Richard Francis, Head of Media Workshop, Oxford Brookes University; George Roberts, Director for Off-Campus Learning, Oxford Brookes University. See and select the relevant heading.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Conference on evaluation of libraries' impact

We won't be posting alerts about relevant information literacy material on this blog, on the whole, since those are covered in the Information Literacy weblog at However, the area of "impact of libraries" isn't dealt with there, so relevant alerts will be posted here. The first of these is a conference evaluating academic libraries on 2nd March 2006 in Wolverhampton, UK. "An event for HE and HE library staff.
Speakers from a variety of academic libraries will describe self-evaluation activities, including participation in projects such as e-valued." See for more information.