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?

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, predates modern computing: the idea of using badges as an incentive … 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 – Reflection on 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 – Reflection on 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

Reflecting on Digifest18: Highlighting digital opportunities for educational institutions

Despite the potential of bad weather induced non-running trains and cancelled planes, Scott Connor and Ann Tilbury made it to Digifest18 – billed as “a unique opportunity to see, hear and share the latest thinking to inspire and prepare for the digital challenge ahead”. Held in Birmingham’s International Conference Centre, the event was opened by … Continue reading Reflecting on Digifest18: Highlighting digital opportunities for educational institutions

These Women Can!: a reflection on our International Women’s Day event

Thursday March 8th saw the advent of These Women Can! Hosted by the Learning and Teaching Academy, These Women Can! was our first university wide event to celebrate, debate and explore the challenges women face in FE, HE and Research.  It was also International Women’s Day and 100 years since women won the right to … Continue reading These Women Can!: a reflection on our International Women’s Day event

Teaching with synchronous technologies – symposium reflections

Friday 15th December saw colleagues from across the university participate an entirely online symposium exploring and debating synchronous technologies. The symposium kicked off with Tara Morrison from Inverness College UHI, presenting through Blackboard Collaborate Ultra to explore the use of online synchronous communication. Tara took the participants through how she makes use of the functions … Continue reading Teaching with synchronous technologies – symposium reflections