From the Subject Centre for Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences...
From: Steve Gaskin [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 31 March 2004 11:12
Cc: [log in to unmask]; Helen King; Michael Sanders; Sharon
Gedye; Steve Gaskin; Yolande Knight
Subject: LTSN-GEES: 'Supporting Support Staff'
*** Learning and Teaching Support Network Subject Centre for Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (LTSN-GEES)***
'Supporting the Supporters': Encouraging Continuing Professional Development for Support Staff
An LTSN Subject Centre for Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences conference in association with the School of Environment, University of Gloucestershire
Tuesday 8th June 2004, School of Environment, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham
What is the event about?
Support staff in Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences (GEES) departments serve a very important role in enhancing the student learning experience, yet continuing professional development and networking opportunities for this cohort remain somewhat limited. The primary aim of this national conference is to give GEES support staff an opportunity to network with colleagues in similar roles in other institutions and to provide opportunities for their continuing professional development. In this way therefore the conference seeks to improve support for this diverse group of personnel so as to improve the learning experience of GEES students. This event provides a unique opportunity for GEES support staff to collaborate and network on a wide variety of issues.
So, if you have ever wondered what colleagues do in other disciplines and departments, this is your chance to learn from their experiences - or to present and showcase your own! The conference will be interactive, including specialist workshops, allowing GEES colleagues to benefit from active engagement with a variety of topics.
Who is the event for?
This event is for all support staff in Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences including: administrators, departmental managers, fieldwork and laboratory technicians, resource centre staff, librarians, cartographers, C&IT/ GIS technicians, disability specialists and others.
What is the Cost?.....It's Free!
As this event is being subsidised by LTSN-GEES, delegates will only be expected to meet their travel costs. A free lunch will be provided.
How Can I Register?
You can register by completing an online form at: www.gees.ac.uk/supevent.htm
The deadline for registrations is: Monday 31st May, 2004
Call for Contributions
The organisers are calling for short contributions for the specialist sessions in the afternoon (up to 15 minutes each).
Possible topics for discussion could include:
* What are the CPD requirements of learning support staff, and are they being met?
* How can we support more students in the lab?
* How can we support students with disabilities?
* How can we best support the independent learner?
* How can we support online learning?
* How can we support local/overseas fieldwork?
* What learning resources will we need to provide in 5 years time?
* How do we keep up with constantly changing technologies?
If you would like to make a short contribution, please complete the relevant section on the online form.
Register online now at:
Dr Steve Gaskin (ILTM)
University of Plymouth
Tel: + 00 44 (0)1752 233535
Fax: + 00 44 (0)1752 233534
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