Event Date/Time: Jun 08, 2011 End Date/Time: Jun 09, 2011
Registration Date: Jun 06, 2011
Abstract Submission Date: Mar 14, 2011
Paper Submission Date: Mar 14, 2011
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Effective Practices: Enhancing Learning, Teaching and Student Success

This two-day event incorporating both the SOLSTICE & CLTR conferences will focus on the enhancement of student learning through evidence informed practices. The application and integration of knowledge, by national and international delegates from multidisciplinary positions, will once more lead to an excellent series of exchanges.

Day one, the SOLSTICE 2011 eLearning Conference will focus on effective practices from a Technology Enhanced Learning perspective and will build on the success of the SOLSTICE Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning’s previous conferences which have run over the last 5 years.

Day two, the CLTR 2011 Learning & Teaching Research Conference will focus on innovation and development in higher education learning and teaching practice, which has been at the heart of the CLTR’s mission for the last 9 years.

Together SOLSTICE and CLTR have provided 15 conferences for participants to actively engage in debate, analysis of evidence and case studies of good practice.

SOLSTICE and the CLTR are mutually committed to enhancing teaching and learning practices and approaches to student support that are informed by and generative of research. The key focus is on ‘practice that works on a Monday morning.’


To this end, proposals for papers, workshops, demonstrations, presentations and posters are invited which align with the following:

• Knowledge that has been applied and integrated to inform practice examples
• How we know and can predict that practices may work through using evidence
• What has been learned locally, nationally and internationally that may positively influence the student experience in the future?
• Insights gained into existing challenges and into new research agendas that are unfolding
• Real examples that can be adopted adapted and developed by conference participants

SOLSTICE Conference Themes:

• Evidence of effective use of technologies in teaching for students learning
• Creative deployment of technologies to enhance the student experience
• Embedding technology in curriculum design

• Evidence informed TEL policy and practices
• Technologies and learning environments - physical and virtual spaces
• Theoretical bases of eLearning and learning environments that inform practice
• Using technologies to support challenges in learning and teaching and assessment
• Technologies and internationalisation of the student experience

CLTR Conference Themes:

• Elaborating graduate attributes for the 21st century
• Student induction and transitions
• Making the first year experience a success
• Assessment for learning
• Retention focused practices
• Enhancing employability
• Skills and information literacy
• Reconfiguring teaching for an increasingly diverse student population
• Teaching and supporting international students
• Leading change in the teaching and learning arena
• Internationalisation and international students’ experiences
• Emerging challenges and improving student success

All proposals will be subject to rigorous peer review by a panel of senior academics and professors from UK and international universities.

Proposals will be assessed in relation to:

• relevance to the focus of the conference and to the interests of the wider Learning and Teaching research and practice community
• clarity and focus of the proposal
• focus on impact and enhancement of the student experience

And where appropriate:
• use of literature and evidence bases
• significance to educational practice, research, policy or theory

And for all:
• potential to generate interest from delegates, debate and subsequent enhancement of learning and teaching


Proposals (up to 300 words) should be submitted via the electronic proposal form by 5pm on Monday 14th March 2011. Please also specify any technical requirements, and the type of contribution:

1. Paper
Paper presentations should last no longer than 30 minutes, plus 10 minutes for discussion. Papers must be submitted in advance of the conference for inclusion on the conference pen-drives.

2. Presentation
Presentations should last no longer than 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions and will be presented alongside one other related presentation.

3. Workshop/demonstration
Workshops should last no longer than 40 minutes, and allow for discussion and interaction during the 40 minute slot.

4. Poster Presentations
Posters will be displayed throughout the day, and there will be two 30 minute timeslots for informal discussions in the display area.

Please specify the name(s) of the author(s) clearly, as both individual and collaborative contributions within one or across institutions are welcome.

Submitted abstracts will be subject to peer review and authors may expect to be advised of their acceptance, or otherwise, by Tuesday 22 March 2011.

The official language of the conference is English.


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Additional Information

REGISTRATION & FEES: The conference is open to everyone working in further and higher education, both nationally and internationally. You can register a place at the conference by completing the online electronic registration form. Fees for the conferences and the conference dinner are detailed below. Delegates are able to select to attend all of the conference or book onto individual days and the conference dinner as appropriate. Full conference (2 days both SOLSTICE & CLTR) - £240 Day rate (1 day – either SOLSTICE or CLTR) - £125 Conference Dinner - £40 CONFERENCE DINNER: A conference dinner will be held on the evening of the 8th June to enable delegates to network and enjoy our lovely campus and surrounding areas. Further details will be announced nearer to the conference.