So, the new year is approaching in full speed. Have you made your plans for 2016 yet?
Calls for papers have been distributed and dates are confirmed. So time to start planning which conferences to attend in 2016. To make this easier, we are now compiling a list of relevant conferences for the third year in a row. More...
CHER 28th Annual Conference - Global Challenges, National Initiatives, and Institutional Responses – The Transformation of HE
The Conference location will be at ISEG School of Economics and Management, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal, on 7-9 September 2015. The venue is close to the national parliament.
Higher education has faced significant change over recent decades. One of the major features of this change has been the persistent expansion of higher education, which has been increasingly linked to economic motivations and purposes. This shifting view about institutions and their primary purposes has led to a need to rethink and adapt the contextual framework in which these units operate. Hence, we have seen a reconfiguration of the sector along market rules, often through policy initiatives and government interventions that have affected funding mechanisms with a goal of promoting closer interaction between universities and industry. More...
38th Annual EAIR Forum Birmingham 2016 - Only Connect: Collaboration, cooperation and capacity building through HE partnerships
Birmingham City University warmly welcomes you to participate in the 38th annual EAIR Forum. We are located in the centre of Birmingham, the UK’s second city. The City of Birmingham is regarded as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and is surrounded by some of the most typical and beautiful English countryside. With its wide range of facilities and rich cultural heritage, Birmingham is an ideal venue.
The Curzon Building, where the main business of the Forum will be held, opened in June 2015 and occupies an enviable position overlooking one of Britain’s newest city parks and adjoining the City’s ground-breaking science museum, ‘Thinktank’. Curzon Building is one of four new or refurbished buildings that together form the City Centre Campus.
The theme of the 2016 EAIR Forum is:
Only Connect: Collaboration, cooperation and capacity building through HE partnerships
The six tracks of the 2016 EAIR Forum are:
Student Experience and Engagement
Working in partnership with students: the importance of experience and engagement.
Innovative higher education practice through partnership work.
Partnerships and Quality
Emerging quality partnerships.
Research and Impact
Creating impact through higher education research partnerships.
Learning and Teaching
Learning and teaching in higher education: the perfect partnership?
Governance and Leadership
Higher education governance in an age of collaborative working. More...
Our current age has been framed by the concept of the ‘information age’. Sometimes also known as the ‘computer age’. In a networked society as ours, digital technology has touched and changed many aspects of day-to-day life. For example, many long-standing societal, business and institutional systems have either lost their relevance or have transformed beyond recognition, the music, banking and travel industries being excellent examples. Education does not stand untouched and we observe emerging and declining paradigms, changing expectations from society, our students now framed as consumers, with new and emerging types of informal learning experiences (take MOOCs for example) and all too frequently operating in unstable economic and policy environments.
The powerful combination of the ’information age’ and the consequent disruption caused by these unstable environments provides the impetus to look afresh and identify new models and approaches for education (e.g. OERs, MOOCs, PLEs, Learning Analytics etc.). For learners this has taken a fantastical leap into aggregating, curating and co-curating and co-producing outside the boundaries of formal learning environments – the networked learner is sharing voluntarily and for free, spontaneously with billions of people. More...
2nd International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd’16) June 21 – 23, 2016 · Valencia (Spain)
After the great success of the first HEAd conference, which received submissions from 41 countries, we are pleased to announce the Second International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd’16). This conference is an excellent forum for researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas, experiences, opinions and research results relating to the preparation of students, teaching/learning methodologies and the organization of educational systems.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following topic areas:
- Innovative materials and new tools for teaching.
- Teaching and learning experiences.
- Educational technology (e.g., virtual labs, e-learning).
- Evaluation and assessment of student learning.
- Emerging technologies in learning (e.g., MOOC, OER, gamification).
- Educational strategies.
- Experiences outside the classroom (e.g., practicums, mobility).
- New teaching/learning theories and models.
- Globalization in education and education reforms.
- Learning for employment.
- Education accreditation, quality and assessment.
- Competency-based learning and skill assessment.
Participants from all over the world are expected to present their latest and unpublished research findings. The program committee encourages the submission of articles that communicate applied and empirical findings of interest to higher education professionals. Selected papers will be awarded and invited to submit an extended version to be published at an international journal special issue.
The HEAd’16 conference will be held on June 21-23, 2016 at the Faculty of Business Administration and Management of the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), which has been recently ranked as the best technical university in Spain by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2015. More...
ICED 2016 is hosted by the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Stellenbosch University, the University of Cape Town and the University of the Western Cape.
The pre-conference workshops will be held at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business, the Waterfront, 22 November 2016.
ICED 2016 will be held at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, 23 – 25 November 2016.
Registration at the Baxter Theatre from 08h00.
REGISTRATION WILL OPEN ON 01 MARCH 2016
About the Conference
Educational development has particular responsibilities with regard to ethics, care and quality enhancement in higher education because of the nature of its practice and the benefits it seeks to take to faculty and students. Educational developers, in faculties and in teaching and learning centres, have encountered many challenges around ethics, care and quality in the daily practice of their profession. Institutions have commonly understood ethics, care and quality as separate functions, rather than as integrated practice, and have tended to delegate these responsibilities to research ethics committees, Human Resource departments (custodians of institutional codes of conduct), or to Quality Managers. Are ethics, care and quality mutually compatible for educational development practitioners? Might professional ethics in one discipline conflict with ethical conduct in our own fields of teaching, learning and educational research? Should care in educational development work be sacrificed to the needs of quality audits? Ethics, care and quality have global and local dimensions. Could ethical educational development practice in one university be unacceptable in another? What is the difference between care and codes of conduct? Are there particular principles of ethics, care and quality that could be considered valid for all educational development practitioners, independent of our contexts?
With these questions (and many others) in mind, we are delighted to announce the theme of ICED 2016: ‘Ethics, Care and Quality in Educational Development’. The conference theme lends itself to a variety of sub-themes, such as the ethics of educational research and evaluation, ethics, care and quality in the funding of university teacher development and excellence awards, ethics, care and quality in formal staff development programmes, etc. The conference theme is intended to re-focus the practice of educational development, to encourage critical thinking on the roles and responsibilities of educational developers, and to offer opportunities for researchers and theorists to explore the complex relationships between ethics, care and quality enhancement that have always been at the centre of our work. More...
On June 09-10th 2016, the second conference on MOOCs in Scandinavia will take place at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. The conference is organized by a collaboration of Chalmers, Karolinska Institutet, Lund University and Uppsala University.
Welcome to the second MOOCs in Scandinavia, a one and a half-day conference with the dialogue on the status of Massive Open Online Courses in Scandinavia in focus.
An increasing number of Scandinavian universities engage in MOOCs with the promise and hope to offer high quality education to anyone, anywhere. After the hype some years ago, questions about what constitutes a good MOOC are increasingly complemented by considerations about how MOOCs can be integrated into the broader educational landscape, including campus and professional education. More...
Academic Entrepreneurship, and Knowledge and Technology Transfer: How do they relate to Research, Teaching, and Universities as Organizations?
April 11-12, 2016, University of Kassel, Germany
Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Aldo Geuna (Torino), Walter W. Powell (Stanford)
Organized by: Guido Bünstorf, Georg Krücken, and Christian Schneijderberg (International Centre for Higher Education Research, University of Kassel).
Spin-off entrepreneurship, patenting, licensing and other activities of knowledge and technology transfer from universities to the private sector have attracted considerable scholarly attention. A large number of studies from a broad range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary backgrounds have investigated these activities. These prior efforts notwithstanding, important questions about academic entrepreneurship, commercialization and knowledge and technology transfer are still unanswered. This conference aims to help develop answers to these questions. In particular, contributions are invited that study how academic entrepreneurship, commercialization and transfer relate to research, teaching (including entrepreneurship education), as well as the nature and development of the university as an organization. More...
So, the new year is approaching in full speed. Have you made your plans for 2016 yet?
By Amr EL-Tohamy. Before being dismissed from his university for his political activities on campus, 24-year-old Khalid had been a student in the faculty of dentistry at Egypt’s Mansoura University for four years. After looking into universities in China, Russia, and India, he headed to the Near East University (Yakın Doğu Üniversitesi) in the Turkish city of Lefkoşa to pursue his specialization, paying a fee of about 12,000 euros a year. More...