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

OER2019 Galway

Scott Connor from the Learning and Teaching Academy tells us about his attendance at the annual conference for Open Education: OER19 Recentering Open: Critical and global perspectives.   The trip to Galway was uneventful apart from the late Ryanair flight that caused me to run for the bus…but I made it. The weather was perfect, which was just … Continue reading OER2019 Galway

Open educational practice for the uninitiated

Scott Connor from the Learning and Teaching Academy (LTA) introduces us to open educational practice, and explains how open educational practices can benefit both individuals and the University. What is open educational practice? Rennie and Smyth (2019) define open educational practice as: "...a multifaceted one which captures the philosophy and practice of democratising access to … Continue reading Open educational practice for the uninitiated

Two perspectives in a shared journey: the use of technology to empower student representation and engagement

By Ann Tilbury, Learning and Teaching Academy and Sorcha Kirker, HISA What was the event? AT: The University of the Highlands and Islands was invited by Cat O’Driscoll, the Co-ordinator of the  National Student Engagement Programme (NStEP) in Ireland, to deliver the keynote presentation at their 3rd national network meeting.  The event took place on … Continue reading Two perspectives in a shared journey: the use of technology to empower student representation and engagement

Gamification: What does it mean and how can we use it?

The lastest in our Critical Perspectives series of blog post comes In advance of Dr Vasilis Louca's session on gamification (part of Digital Education Week). John Buchan from the Educational Development Unit (EDU) tells us what gamification means, and its current and potential uses in learning and teaching According to Fitz-Walter (2018) gamification, as a concept, … Continue reading Gamification: What does it mean and how can we use it?

University Mentoring Scheme week: the luxury of a residential …

The final two days of the University Mentoring Scheme week (#UHImentoring) brought together over twenty colleagues in a residential programme  hosted in the STEM Hub in An Lochran on Thursday 30 and Friday 31 August.  The programme aimed to develop practical mentoring skills for those new to mentoring or experienced mentors who were keen to … Continue reading University Mentoring Scheme week: the luxury of a residential …

Talking learning and teaching – Perth College UHI Staff Conference

Keith Smyth and Heather Fotheringham from the Learning and Teaching Academy (LTA) visited Perth College UHI on August 24 to take part in their staff conference, hosted at Perth College UHI's new Academy of Sport and Wellbeing. In what was possibly our largest venue to date (see pic below- it was HUGE!), Keith gave a short presentation about … Continue reading Talking learning and teaching – Perth College UHI Staff Conference

NSS 2018: Staff conference

The 2018 NSS staff conference took place on Thursday 30 August, following a hugely successful NSS 2018 result that saw the university achieve 85% Overall Satisfaction, placing us joint 5th in Scotland.  The conference provided a great opportunity to celebrate this result amongst colleagues. Professor Chris O’Neil, Principal of Inverness College UHI, opened the conference … Continue reading NSS 2018: Staff conference