What do we mean by ‘tertiary’? And why does it matter?

For our first Critical Perspectives post of this year, Lydia Rohmer, Principal of West Highland College UHI and Vice-Principal (Tertiary) for UHI challenges us to think about the meaning of tertiary education (adapted from her opening address at the University's Learning and Teaching conference, January 2020 #UHILTC20) The University of the Highlands and Islands is … Continue reading What do we mean by ‘tertiary’? And why does it matter?

#UHILTC20: Tertiaryness for the digital generation

The university's second Learning and Teaching conference was held at Inverness Campus 22-23 January 2020. Over 120 colleagues attended over the two days in which there were: 3 keynotes1 panel session29 presentation sessions14 workshops and discussion sessions4 Gasta talks (explanation below!) UHI Learning and Teaching Conference 2020, Inverness Campus, January 2020. Here, audiences throughout the … Continue reading #UHILTC20: Tertiaryness for the digital generation

Answer Garden: using a “minimalist feedback tool” for teaching

Jo Rodgers, a PhD researcher from the University's Centre for History, describes the use of an online tool to enhance her video conferencing teaching. I’d like to use thisblog post to introduce colleagues to “Answer Garden”, and to suggest some ways in which it can be used to enhance the learning experiences of our students. … Continue reading Answer Garden: using a “minimalist feedback tool” for teaching

Towards an embedded culture of mentoring: Reflections on this year’s University Mentoring Scheme Residential

After a very successful inaugural event last year, held as part of the first University Mentoring Week organised by the Learning and Teaching Academy, the last week of August saw the second annual University Mentoring Scheme Residential for the University of the Highlands and Islands. This year’s residential was held on Wednesday the 28th and … Continue reading Towards an embedded culture of mentoring: Reflections on this year’s University Mentoring Scheme Residential

Towards openness: an invitation and opportunity

Image from Wikimedia Academic institutions are one of, if not the largest generators of knowledge in society; they have large real estate and privileged access to resources that many outside the academy do not. Unfortunately, much of the knowledge is locked away in institutional silos, never allowed outside the institution and much of the virtual … Continue reading Towards openness: an invitation and opportunity