HEA’s 1st annual learning and teaching STEM conference – call for papers

Not directly an IL conference, but if you would like to get the message of IL and the work you to do to a wider audience, you may consider submitting a paper to the HEA STEM conference.  I am sure IL could fit into a couple of the streams listed below.

The Higher Education Academy’s first annual learning and teaching STEM conference will take place on 12 and 13 April 2012 at Imperial College London, one of the world’s leading centres of excellence for teaching and research in the fields of science, technology and medicine.   This conference brings together the STEM disciplines but replaces the annual ICS conference that has been so successful for so many years.

STEM subjects are recognised as having strategic importance in higher education for the economy and employers. The student learning experience in STEM subjects is vital in ensuring sustained growth in the uptake of these key disciplines. Furthermore an excellent learning experience ensures that students developed the right skills at the time of graduation and beyond through continued professional development. The Higher Education Academy (HEA) provides national leadership in developing and disseminating evidence-informed practice in learning and teaching in higher education; this conference will provide a platform for this for the HEA’s STEM disciplines.   The key conference themes applied to STEM disciplines are:

o innovative practice in STEM learning and teaching;
o gender issues in STEM subjects;
o Mathematics and Statistics in an interdisciplinary context;
o work-based learning in STEM subjects;
o teaching and assessing large classes;
o assessment and feedback;
o employability;
o flexible learning;
o internationalisation;
o retention and success.

They are interested in papers that apply to specific STEM disciplines as well as generically, across all STEM subjects. Together with planary sessions, the conference will run as separate discipline-specific threads to maintain individual subject identity.

Abstracts of up to 300 words should be submitted by Friday 16 December 2011 and are subjected to double-blinded peer review; a response will be sent by 16 January 2012. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 17 February 2012.  Full paper submissions and authors will have reviewers’ comments by 2 March 2012.  Camera-ready papers should be returned to the conference committee by 16 March 2012 for inclusion in the proceedings.

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