Specialist Conference 2010
Briefing for Bishop Burton College
Purpose of this Session
• Talking through and discussing the assessment
requirements for the Specialist Conference paper
• Covering 5 areas:
– What have I got to do?
– How am I going to do it?
– When have I got to do it?
– The Conference
– What help and support is available?
A comment from one of last year’s
Hello Hope this e-mail finds you well and recovered from
the busy weekend.
Thank you for a most informative, enjoyable and
rewarding two days. You both put so much time and
effort, not only just over the two days but as you rightly
said leading up to the event. Your enthusiasm and
knowledge is greatly appreciated, thank you so very
Many thanks once again.
Just want to say a big thank you for all your help and
advice since November. . I can't imagine how many
hours you must have spent going through all our initial
drafts, papers and presentations?!!
It's a really weird feeling - I thought I would be euphoric
now it's all over but I feel really flat and am trying to think
what I can do next year to keep my brain working?
THANKS LOADS - you really are an inspiration...!!!!
A final comment
I just wanted to say thank you very much for the support
you have given me with the production of my conference
paper. ...To be honest I did not want to go but I ended up
really enjoying it.
Many thanks again and I hope to see you again in the
What am I going to do?
• Work with other specialists online to develop your
subject specialist knowledge
• Write a Conference Paper of 2000 words on a relevant
topic in your specialist subject
• Present it at a two day Conference in July 2010
• Attend and participate on both days of the Conference
(All together, this equals 10 credits towards your 30
credit Teaching a Specialist Subject Module.)
Three stages in producing your paper
• Outline proposal
• Draft submission
• Final version
What could I do my paper on?
Your paper needs to be of value to you and your
teaching. Examples you can choose from:
• a current development or debate in your subject
specialism, e.g. the introduction of a new syllabus such
as the New Diploma
• An aspect of your teaching that will benefit your
students, e.g. the teaching of a concept or skill they
struggle with in your subject specialism
• An aspect of your teaching which you would like to
develop and research, e.g. Researching a topic and
suggesting how you would teach it.
What could I do my paper on?
• An evaluation of the teaching or learning of your subject
and an exploration of ways of improving practice
• An aspect of assessment and its impact on the teaching
of your subject specialism
What’s special about the subject I
• Read through the handout and consider some of the
questions posed. (10 minutes)
• Discuss with a peer what you have written and how you
could develop this in to a possible paper. (10 minutes)
(This activity will support you in identifying potential
topics for your paper and is also relevant to your
What should be in your outline
• A title which clearly links to the teaching of your subject
• A clear rationale for your choice of topic and how it
relates to the teaching of your specialist subject
• An explanation of how you will approach the topic and
the key pedagogical issues you will discuss
• An indication of the relevant subject specific material and
literature you will use when producing your paper.
• 250 words
Let’s have a look at an example of a
Structure for your paper
• Title page (This must mention your subject specialism
and the aspect of teaching being discussed)
• An introduction which briefly explains the context of your
teaching, why you have chosen your topic and what you
aim to achieve in the paper
• A critical analysis of the aspect of teaching and learning
you have chosen and its impact on your practice and
• A conclusion in which you discuss your findings and
what you would like to do next
• References section which follows Harvard conventions
Let’s have a look at a good example
How do I engage with the online
• Through Blackboard, the University’s VLE
How do I log in?
• Log in to Portal Plus using your student ID and password
• Choose “My Studies” tab
• Go into Blackboard
• Go into modules area
• Select the Specialist Conference button
What activities do I need to
• Create an online presence
• Participate in a sharing of teaching tips and teaching
• Produce and submit your Outline Proposal
• Use feedback from your proposal to produce and submit
• Respond to feedback on your draft and produce your final
paper. This will be submitted to Blackboard using software
• This software will help you avoid plagiarism
• Attend both days of the Conference in July 2010, present
your paper to your group and fully participate in the
discussions and activities.
Joining an online community so:
• Question the ideas and not the person
• Avoid using all capitals in online communication
• Never type anything you wouldn’t be happy to say face
Online participation – starts 8th December 2009
Outline proposal – by 17th January 2010
Draft Paper – by 1st March 2010
Final Paper – by 12th April 2010
Conference – 9th/10th July or 16th/17th July 2010
The Conference and delivering your paper
• You will be given a 30 minute time slot
• 15 to present your paper
• 5 minutes for questions and a discussion
• 5 minutes for feedback from your peers
• 5 minute turn around
• Slots are allocated on the day so be ready to go first.
• Specialist tutor led discussions
• Two key note speakers, Frank Coffield and Trevor
• Friday 9-5pm
• Saturday 9.30-4.30pm
Accommodation in Huddersfield
• Available at Storthes Hall
• Must be booked in advance
• Contact 01484 488816 for details
Help and support from your centre
• Supporting you with your academic writing skills
• Advising on Harvard referencing rules
• Showing you how to use Metalib to access
• Providing some class time to support online
Help and Support from the University
• Providing an online tutor who will advise you on
choosing your topic and developing your subject
• Providing help sheets and demo videos on University’s
• Hosting the Conference
• Resolving any student log in and password problems.
Tel 01484 473730 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
(available 24 hours)
• Send you emails to your University email account to
keep you informed