Morning Sessions - Bramall Music Building






Bramall Ground Floor Foyer


Welcome and Introduction
Professor Sir David Eastwood, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham 

Bramall Music Hall


Effective Assessment and Feedback Designs
Professor David Carless, University of Hong Kong
This session will be live streamed.     

Bramall Music Hall


Break - Refreshments

Bramall Mezzanine


Is there a conflict between institutional autonomy and external regulation in the new OfS regulatory framework?
Nicola Dandridge CBE, Chief Executive, Office for Students
This session will be live streamed.

Bramall Music Hall

Lunch and Afternoon Sessions - Alan Walters Building

Delegates who have registered for the conference should book onto afternoon sessions by email to
Participants will select and be able to move between parallel themed sessions covering Digital Education, Inclusive Education, Research on Practice and Student Panels.  


   Digital Education Digital Carousel (drop-in throughout afternoon)


1. Educational inequalities: whiteness, social justice and inclusion 
    Professor Kalwant Bhopal & Professor David Gillborn

Room 103

2. Lessons from the AuVision participatory project for autistic students at UoB
    Dr. Andrea McLeod, Dr. Liz Ellis, Dr. Ken Searle

Room 111

3.  Research on Practice Presentations A
4, 15-min papers with questions at the end


4.  Research on Practice Presentations B
4, 15-min papers with questions at the end

Room 112

5. Student Panel: The Postgraduate Experience
(session finishes at 14.00)

Harvard Lect. Theatre


      Digital Education Digital Carousel  (drop-in throughout afternoon)


 6. 'No Outsiders’: Creating an Inclusive HE Community
     Andrew Moffatt & Dr. Celia Greenway

Room 103

7.  Disability, diversity and design for learning

Room 112

8.  Research on Practice Lightning Session A 7 x 5-min presentations
     (session finishes at 15.30, followed by plenary)


9.  Research on Practice Lightning Session B 7 x 5-min presentations
     (session finishes at 15.30 followed by plenary)

Room 111

10.  Student Panel: Assessment & Feedback
      (session finishes at 15.30)

Harvard Lect. Theatre



       HEFi  Drinks Reception: Celebrating the full launch of HEFi


Session Descriptions

Effective Assessment and Feedback Designs - Prof David Carless

Assessment and feedback are important factors in promoting the development of quality student learning outcomes but are difficult to carry out effectively. This presentation shares some examples of promising assessment and feedback designs, and draws out some key principles. It is suggested that students’ needs and priorities should be a design principle. Harnessing students’ desire for high grades represents a possible means of focusing them on productive learning strategies. Challenges for implementation are discussed, and some possible means of tackling them are suggested.

Is there a conflict between institutional autonomy and external regulation in the new OfS regulatory framework?
- Nicola Dandridge CBE

In this session Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive of the OfS, will be tackling one of the central questions that emerged in parliament during the passage of the Higher Education Research Bill, now Act (2017). As the process of registering with the OfS is now in full swing, this is a good time to hear from Ms Dandridge on what it will mean for institutions to work within the OfS’s regulatory framework.


Birmingham Digital Education (BDE) Digital Carousel

Making the most of Canvas - Designed to meet the needs of students, teachers and institutions, Canvas is powerful, reliable and refreshingly easy to use. Meet the Digital Education team to find out how you can make the most of Canvas and discover some exciting new features about to be released. Facilitated by Kabir Ganguly from the HEFi BDE team along with staff and students from across the University
Panopto; Lecture capture and beyond Panopto is well known and well used as a tool for capturing lectures, but have you thought about using it to deliver flipped content videos or for assessment feedback? Discover how Panopto can be used at Birmingham for lecture capture and much more. Facilitated by Matt Turner from HEFi BDE along with staff and students from across the University
Teaching and Learning in the new Collaborative Teaching Laboratory Teaching in the new CTL will be supported by a host of digital technologies. Join us to find out more about Electronic Lab Notebooks, 360 degree tours and prelab instructional videos. Facilitated by Joe Berry from HEFi BDE along with staff and students from the CTL
Digital Pursuits Come and join us to play our Digital Pursuit game, roll the dice to determine which category you will tackle. Each person will answer a question from a range of digital capabilities, test your knowledge and skills  and discover how the Birmingham Digital Education team can support you further.  Facilitated by Liz from the HEFi BDE team along with staff and students from across the University
Blending the online and offline – mapping your module experience How do online Canvas materials interact with lectures and seminars? Where in the module does formative and summative assessment occur? Join us to explore some commonly used frameworks and practical storyboarding techniques to visualise learning and teaching activities across your module. Facilitated by Adam Mathews and member of the Educational Enterpise and HEFi BDE team.
Video Futures Approximately  80% of internet traffic is now comprised of video consumption.  Join us to learn how easily different types of video can be used in the VLE and the benefits to support student learning. Facilitated by David Price from the HEFi BDE team along with staff and students from across the University.
The power of PebblePad Join us to learn more about this additional digital tool that will help you to support student learning, progress and assessment. See how to get started with PebblePad and explore many of its great features and how they can be used to enhance the student experience. Facilitated by Jane James, Fred O’Loughlin and members of the BDE team.
Using automated marking for flipped and formative testing. Proving authentic, rigorous and subject specific formative testing can be a challenge! Discover more about how Canvas and Maple TA can be used to provide valuable assessment for learning without increasing the marking load and freeing up face to face contact time. Facilitated by Jon Watkin from the College of EPS and Darren Marsh from the HEFi BDE team.  


Inclusive Education

Educational inequalities: whiteness, social justice and inclusion
Professor Kalwant  Bhopal &  Professor David Gillborn 
A 40-minute presentation followed by the opportunity for questions and discussion. This session will explore the racial inequalities that persist in higher education, and discuss methods for interrogation and challenge of inequality in order to achieve greater equity and inclusion in education.

‘No Outsiders’: Creating an Inclusive HE Community
Andrew Moffat & Dr Celia Greenway
The nationally successful ‘No Outsiders’ scheme explores existing narratives and develops informed dialogue in order to promote equality for all sections of the community. It was created by Andrew Moffat, who is an assistant primary headteacher in Birmingham. Andrew has been awarded an MBE for services to equality and diversity in education and the ‘No Outsiders’ approach is used by different sectors in Education. This interactive session facilitated by Andrew Moffat and Dr Celia Greenway aims at examining how this distinctive cohesive approach can develop an inclusive student community.

Lessons from the AuVision participatory project for autistic students at UoB.
Dr Andrea MacLeod, Dr Liz Ellis and Dr Ken Searle 
AuVision is a participatory, peer-to-peer, user-led project co-ordinated by academics and mentors from Student Support. Autistic students and alumni served as Project Assistants and consulted with their peers to increase our understanding of the experience of autistic students, to identify how we can improve this, and to develop a resource to support staff. While the project focused on autistic students, several of the findings have wider relevance for the University, and this workshop will reflect upon the broader implications for inclusive practice in HE.

Disability, Diversity, and Design for Learning
Lesley Batty - ‘Inclusive Practice in Lab Teaching’, Frances Child & Donna Dawkins - Inclusive Practice in Schools, Maria Reraki and Vikki Anderson - ‘Bi/Multilingual Learners with SpLDs in HE’, David Leppinen - 'Reflections on providing support for a blind student'
For all the progress universities have made in widening participation in recent years, there remain stubborn attainment gaps for students from a variety of different backgrounds. This session will showcase and discuss ongoing projects led by colleagues from the University of Birmingham which consider the ways in which we can support the participation and progression of a diverse student community, and ways in which we might design an inclusive environment for learning. 


Research on Practice

Presentations A
Tom Harrison (Education)- The Use of Teaching Films in Higher Education
Christine Hirsch (Pharmacy)- ‘Our ePortfolio’. A journey through accreditation and beyond
Julia Lodge and Mary Blanchard (Biosciences)- Online approaches to peer marking
Jeremy Pritchard (Biosciences)- Student performance does not correlate with Canvas usage: Implications for support and VLE design
4, 15-min papers with questions at the end

Presentations B
Andrew Quinn, Anke Buttner, Ben Kotzee, Joulie Axelithioti: How assessment literate are our students?
Natalie Rowley, Joanne Adeluola, Luke Ardill, Joseph Davies, Zakiyya Miah, Kawsar Nuur, Nicole Rosik (Chemistry): Working with Students to Enhance Teaching and Learning Practices
Ruth Whittle (LCAHM): Can students be knowledge creators?
Dave Watton & Jake Groves (BIA): 'DISCERN': The discerning student
4, 15-min papers with questions at the end

Lightning Sessions A
Claudia Favero and Phil Robbins: Integration of digital tools into First year Chemical Engineering students’ experience
Adrian Bromage and Lindsey Leach: What academics want from e-learning resources for research methods and statistics
Matthew Cocks: Understanding International Students: A Canvas Resource
Sarah Montano and Adam Matthews: Digital Presentations: Seeking the magical triangle of creativity, future technology skills and employability
Petra Schoofs: Reaching the goal by adjusting the action steps – Improving the situation of Chinese MA students at the University of Birmingham
Martin Khechara and Sara Smith: Transition, Inclusivity and Engagement – the potential role for Augmented Reality (AR)
Claire Belkadi and Alex Feldman: My Global Story - an example of Mobility Support Model
A fast-paced session featuring 7 x 5-min presentations. Facilitated by Danielle Hinton.

Lightning Sessions B
Neil Cooke, Kamel Hawwash, Marios Theofanous: Embedding the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into curricula to transform our graduates’ outlook and create responsible global citizens: A case study from the School of Engineering
Mei-Na Liao: Collaborative approach towards Sustainable Business Education- the Case of International Master’s Summer School for Sustainability in Business
Ross Millar and Simon Bishop: Developing a 21st century undergraduate programme for healthcare professionals: emerging findings from a University partnership
Dan Herbert, Rebecca Morris and Rob Fleming: BTEC students’ experiences of the college-university transition: challenges and potential for supporting success in Higher Education
Simon Scott and Julia Myatt: Interdisciplinary Learning: Developing the key skills in undergraduates
Julia Myatt, Julia Lodge, Roisin Madigan and Mary Blanchard: Research-intensive learning in the School of Biosciences: The Early Years
Carolyn Roskell, Christine Hirsch , Kirsty Hill and Sharon Buckley: ‘Sharing’ and ‘Doing’: Key elements of success in running an interprofessional  education (IPE) workshop for pre-registration Pharmacy, Physiotherapy and Dental students
A fast-paced session featuring 7 x 5-min presentations. Facilitated by Vikki Burns.


Student Panels

The Postgraduate Experience
Around 25% of students in higher education today are undertaking postgraduate study but what does it mean to be a postgraduate student in 2018? Chaired by Rose Bennett, the Postgraduate Officer at the Guild of Students; we’ll hear from a range of students on what it’s like to be a PGT or PGR at Birmingham. 

Assessment and Feedback

The term “assessment and feedback” is often discussed, but what does it actually mean to students? And how are the two linked? Do we need to think completely differently? You’re invited to discuss this with a panel of students, chaired by Adam Goldstone, Education Officer at the Guild of Students.