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
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
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?
A recent LTA Connect webinar saw Dr David Watt from Perth College UHI discuss the use of staff panels to give students deeper and more meaningful feedback. This novel approach is currently employed with year 4 degree students on three programmes (Music Business, Audio Engineering, Popular Music) and is a reconceptualisation of assessment, and its … Continue reading Feedback: What is it good for?
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
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
Last month, on 22 November 2016, the Learning and Teaching Academy welcomed Sheila MacNeill (Glasgow Caledonian University) and Bill Johnston (University of Strathclyde) who delivered the latest in our series of LTA Connect webinars on the concept of the 'Digital University'. The term 'digital university' has emerged in recent years as a way of uniting … Continue reading The Digital University
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
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…
The Learning Lab at An Lòchran was used recently by a university alumni group to discuss how to use the results of their Masters research. The former students from the MSc in Leadership and Management joined dissertation supervisors Sarah Fraser and Tara Morrison to map potential research themes and identify future collaborative opportunities. For some … Continue reading Learning after graduation