Strategising at North Highland College UHI

On Tuesday 22 August 2017, Keith Smyth and Heather Fotheringham from the LTA attended North Highland College UHI's Learning and Teaching Conference in Thurso, the focus of which was assessment and feedback. Discussion sessions in the first part of the day were structured using the work of Dylan William, Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment at … Continue reading Strategising at North Highland College UHI

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The future of education in response to changing technologies

In our latest Critical Perspectives blog, outgoing HISA president Luke Humberstone (now President of NUS Scotland), reflects on the use of technology within learning and teaching. At the University of the Highlands and Islands we have embraced a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and use Video Conferencing (VC) extensively. The way these technologies are used varies … Continue reading The future of education in response to changing technologies

(I can’t get no) satisfaction: Is the National Student Survey just about keeping students satisfied?

In our 'Critical Perspectives' series of blog posts, we have asked staff from around the university to write critically about a topic of interest. Our second installment is by Heather Fotheringham from the Learning and Teaching Academy. What can student surveys tell us about teaching quality? There is a persistent belief that the results of … Continue reading (I can’t get no) satisfaction: Is the National Student Survey just about keeping students satisfied?

Learning styles: The Loch Ness Monster of education

In our new 'Critical Perspectives' series of blog posts, we have asked staff from around the university to write critically about a topic of interest. Matt Sillars from Inverness College UHI starts us off with his thoughts on Learning Styles. Learning styles have become deeply embedded as an appropriate tool with which to identify the … Continue reading Learning styles: The Loch Ness Monster of education

University Deans achieve national recognition as Principal Fellows HEA

Dr Gary Campbell (Dean of Science, Health and Engineering and Assistant Principal for Curriculum Enhancement) and Michael Rayner (Dean of Research) have become the university’s first Principal Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA). The important national recognition of PFHEA is awarded to individuals who can demonstrate substantial strategic influence in the development of higher … Continue reading University Deans achieve national recognition as Principal Fellows HEA

Professional recognition of educational practice: recent success and next steps

As many colleagues will know, the university now has in place a new framework for the professional recognition of good practice in learning and teaching, learning and teaching support, and educational leadership. ALPINE (Accredited Learning, Professional development, and Innovation in Education) allows the university to award Associate Fellowships, Fellowships and Senior Fellowships of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Professional recognition pathways … Continue reading Professional recognition of educational practice: recent success and next steps

Enhancing learning and teaching, by the sea…

Across two gloriously sunny days last week, colleagues from the Educational Development Unit and Learning and Teaching Academy visited the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) UHI to offer a two-day workshop on ‘Enhancing learning and teaching through evidence-based practices’. Located at Dunstaffnage Bay, just outside of Oban, SAMS UHI is a leading marine science … Continue reading Enhancing learning and teaching, by the sea…