5th International SOLSTICE Conference

3rd Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Edge Hill University

Innovation, Research and Development: Technology Enhanced Learning and the Student Experience

The SOLSTICE Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Edge Hill University is pleased to announce it’s 5th international conference, entitled Innovation, Research and Development: Technology Enhanced Learning and the Student Experience.

Universities are dedicated to providing the best possible student experience, characterised by high levels of success, retention and satisfaction on which reputation and recruitment are dependent in the 21st Century HE sector.

This conference will focus on the use of technologies in teaching to support and challenge learners, to bring efficiency and added value to assessment and feedback, to impact on employability and to support research activities that face towards the curriculum. Creative and inclusive deployment of technologies to add value to student support and guidance and communications are an additional focus of interest.

Keynote Speakers

  • Professor Gilly Salmon, Professor of eLearning & Learning Technologies, University of Leicester
  • Professor Peter Hartley, Professor of Education Development, University of Bradford

Call for Proposals

SOLSTICE is committed to TEL practices that are informed by and generative of research. To that end, proposals forpapers, workshops, presentations and posters are invited which consider:

  • Knowledge that has been applied and integrated to inform practices;
  • How we know and predict that practices may work through using evidence?
  • What has been learned that may positively influence the student experience in the future?;
  • Insights gained into existing challenges and into new research agendas that are unfolding.

The deadline for receipt of proposals (up to 300 words) is 5pm on Tuesday 26th January 2010 and should be submitted via the electronic proposal form at the SOLSTICE Conference website.

Pre-Conference Workshop and Evening Seminar

As well as the conference, this year, we are offering a pre-conference workshop and evening seminar.

The workshop is entitled Engaging with Open Content: a Framework for the Novice. Taking place 10:30am-5pm on Wednesday 2nd June 2010, the workshop considers how new skills and strategies are required to realise the potential of open educational content, presenting many challenges for novice and expert developers alike. Using three case studies, the workshop aims to review an Open Content Literacy Framework for the support staff wishing to create, reuse or repurpose digital teaching and learning content with a view to making it freely available.

The evening seminar, also on Wednesday 2nd June 2010, starting at 6pm, provides an opportunity for delegates to engage with an expert panel in a BBC Question Time Format, with a panel consisting of professors and members of national bodies engaged with the enhancement agenda in higher education in this fast evolving area. The seminar includes a two-course hot meal from 8pm.


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 conference and evening seminar are detailed below, package prices are available if a booking for more than one event is made.

  • SOLSTICE Conference fee – £100
  • Evening Seminar fee – £40
  • Engaging with Open Content Workshop fee – £40


  • Book the Conference, Open Content Workshop and Evening Seminar – £150
  • Book both SOLSTICE Conference & Open Content Workshop – £125
  • Book both the SOLSTICE Conference & Evening Seminar – £125

There is no attendance charge for Edge Hill University staff.

Further Information

Visit the SOLSTICE Conference website for more details on this event, directions and accommodation.