Small is beautiful: Are micro-credentials the future for learning?

Image by Pixabay: https://pixabay.com/images/id-1968077/ Short courses, digital badges, micro-credentials, MOOCs; these terms have been used in the last few years to refer to units of learning that are smaller than universities' standard offerings of courses lasting one year or more. Scott Connor from the LTA guides us through the landscape of the tiny. Introduction Recently … Continue reading Small is beautiful: Are micro-credentials the future for learning?

From celebration to collaboration

What comes after winning an AdvanceHE teaching award? Managed by AdvanceHE, the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) (1) and Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) (2) are amongst the highest profile awards in the UK sector for innovation and excellent practice in higher education learning and teaching.  UHI submitted their very first applications for the NTFS and … Continue reading From celebration to collaboration

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme and Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence: Celebrating teaching excellence at UHI!

Image by 5598375 from Pixabay  The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) and the Collaborative Awards for Teaching Excellence (CATE) are organised and run by Advance HE since 2000 (NTF) and 2016 (CATE) respectively. Advance HE "is a member-led, sector-owned charity that works with institutions and higher education across the world to improve higher education for staff, students and … Continue reading The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme and Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence: Celebrating teaching excellence at UHI!

Mentoring spotlight month post #3: Using synchronous technologies in a distributed university to support mentoring

Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay Alex Walker Synchronous technology, which  allows real-time participation from multiple locations, is well established and becoming increasingly widely used in tertiary education to support student and staff needs: in contemporary learning and teaching and professional development, in widening access to education and continued professional learning opportunities, and in increasing … Continue reading Mentoring spotlight month post #3: Using synchronous technologies in a distributed university to support mentoring

Mentoring spotlight month post #2: Mentoring across disciplines

Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay Heather Fotheringham from the LTA considers what makes a successful mentoring partnership The University Mentoring Scheme pairs up individuals who wish to progress their practice in learning and teaching, research and scholarship or by achieving a professional recognition (such as HEA Fellowship, or CMALT). Colleagues signing up to the … Continue reading Mentoring spotlight month post #2: Mentoring across disciplines

Mentoring spotlight month post #1: Mentoring circles to support staff through COVID

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay Alex Walker, Ann Tilbury and Heather Fotheringham from the LTA reflect on a new type of mentoring support As the sudden impact of COVID-19 was upon us in March 2020, and teaching moved fully online, there was a great deal of guidance and support offered to students and staff on a wide range of matters from different sources.  … Continue reading Mentoring spotlight month post #1: Mentoring circles to support staff through COVID

Building educational leadership capacity: urgency and agency

In common with most academic institutions, the University finds itself under increasing pressure from various quarters. The globalisation and marketisation of education continues to generate competition between institutions, not just locally but worldwide. Academic institutions, are increasingly managed like businesses, with the associated bureaucracy, resource-focused and commercial mindsets.   Covid-19 has exacerbated these pressures, in two … Continue reading Building educational leadership capacity: urgency and agency