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
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
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
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
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?
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…