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

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

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

A year in review

We're looking back on a busy 2017 here at the Learning and Teaching Academy, and feeling just a little bit proud of what we have achieved, particularly for such a small team. Much of what the LTA offers relies on friends and colleagues across the university supporting what we do, and being willing to get involved, and so … Continue reading A year in review

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

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…