Teaching Matters


Learning and teaching events happening in February

Spotlights webinar: 'Designing interaction for diverse cohorts: learning and teaching practice'

As part of the HEA Scotland Spotlights series, we will explore key dimensions and best practice in design and delivery in a lunchtime webinar, including interactive presentations from:

  • Prof Sofia Arkoudis (University of Melbourne and Associate Director CSHE, Australia), 
  • Dr Rachel Scudamore (Birmingham City University, UK)
  • Nancy E Young (USA)

Learning outcomes

  • Increased understanding of how to design interactivity for diverse student cohorts;
  • Practical guidance and tips for adopting and adapting the research and case studies explored for your own learning and teaching practice.

Thursday 2nd February, 13:00 - 14:00

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Introduction to Top Hat

Aimed at new users of the electronic voting system, Top Hat, this introductory training session will cover the basics of accessing Top Hat; creating questions; presenting questions and collecting responses during a lecture or other teaching session. It will also take a quick look at the other content types and modes of delivery available with Top Hat.

Monday 13th February, 10:00-12:30

Venue: Room EW09, Argyle House, University of Edinburgh

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Student-Generated Induction & Belonging

Student-Generated Induction & Belonging has become an established event for sharing innovative practice with the aim of improving student retention, widening participation and to develop a sense of belonging.

The workshop will introduce a new theory of inclusive learning applied to induction and transition. It will also provide first-hand experience of a structured and scalable practice for developing students as learning communities. This measurable approach has already adopted by a variety of universities and across different disciplines.

This approach has strong links to Students-As-Partners, Students-As-Producers and Co-production in Education. It has already been recognised as an example of good practice by University of Queensland and the NUS partners: The Student Engagement Partnership.

Tuesday 14th February, 10:00 - 16:00

Venue: Woburn House, Bloomsbury, London

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Student-Generated Induction & Belonging

The conventional approach to induction and transition is to use meetings and different media to tell the students the information they need to know. It is also common to address socialisation separately from the provision of course-related information.

In this workshop, you will experience a new social and participative approach to student induction. You will also have the chance to share issues and concerns relating to your induction and transition practice. Student-Generated Induction, developed from doctoral research at the University of Glasgow, has already been applied to induction and transition at different universities and colleges. It has also been introduced for different disciplines and used with groups of up to 300 in a single session.

This workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss current practice and experience a participant-led approach to induction based around social psychology. We will also address the challenge of practice for developing Learning Communities.

This event will be of interest to all those following the coproduction and Student-As-Partner agenda. We will also be introducing our new 'SharedThinking System' at this event.

Tuesday 14th February, 10:00-16:00

Venue: Woburn House, 20-24 Tavistock Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 9HU

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University of Bristol Doctoral Supervision Symposium

This symposium is an excellent opportunity for experienced and new supervisors to contribute and learn from other colleagues about their experiences and approaches to doctoral supervision. The theme of the symposium shall be 'Trust and ‘Doctorateness’.  There are two key note speakers, Dr Kay Guccione and Dr Anne Lee who will reflect the symposium themes in their talks.

Wednesday 15 February, 9:30 - 16:00

£100 event fee for non University of Bristol staff

Book now via University of Bristol

Stretching your practice: How flexible can you be?

This one-day workshop for HEA Fellows is aimed at those teaching and supporting learning within a Health and Social Care discipline and will be led by National Teaching Fellows Jeff Lewis and Ruth Matheson, both from Cardiff Metropolitan University.

More event information on HEA website

Thursday 16 February, 10am

Venue: Llandaff Campus, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Western Avenue, Cardiff, CF5 2YB

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Troubleshooting and Enhancing Tutoring in the Sciences

This course is particularly suited for tutors in science courses who have already started teaching tutorials. The workshop is very much driven by the participants, who will benefit from reviewing their recent teaching experiences. We will engage in discussions of tricky issues and coping strategies, as well as considering strategies for seeking feedback. Furthermore, there will be some information on wider resources available for tutors across the University of Edinburgh.

Wednesday 17 February, 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Venue Room 5327, James Clerk Maxwell Building Kings Buildings

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Assessment and Providing Feedback

This course is intended for tutors and demonstrators from across the University of Edinburgh with marking responsibilities. It provides an overview of assessment processes and explores the students' needs for support at different stages. It identifies some of the challenges faced by markers, discusses strategies for coping with these challenges; and examines good practice in providing comment on students' work.

Wednesday 17 February, 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Venue: Morary House

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Designing & Delivering Lectures

This course is intended for more experienced tutors and demonstrators who are relatively new to lecturing or embarking on it for the first time. It considers what is involved in planning a lecture, and discusses strategies for engaging the students’ attention.

Wednesday 17 February, 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Venue: Room 302, Crew Building Kings Buildings

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Enhancing access, retention, attainment and progression in higher education: A review of the literature showing demonstrable impact

Guest presenters from Plymouth University will present the findings of their recent literature review which presents a synthesis of literature (published since 2009) in each of the key student outcomes of access, retention, attainment, and progression.  The review locates and reviews a representative collection of empirical research that evidences demonstrable impact relating to each outcome, from which broad observations can be drawn about what works.

Friday 17 February, 12:30-14:00


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Future teacher: designing for online

This practical 2 hour session will give you some guidance, practical tips and plenty of discussion with colleagues on techniques for teaching online.

Friday 17th February, 14:00-16:00

Venue: ucreate Studio (1.12) – Main Library

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Practical Strategies for...writing bids for small educational projects including Principal Teaching Award Scheme (PTAS)

This workshop on small education projects replace the previous Principal’s Teaching Award Scheme (PTAS) preparation workshop. The workshop will still provide advice on how to bid the Principal’s Teaching Award Scheme (PTAS) but the remit has been broadened slightly to include guidance on bidding for other kinds of funding for small education projects which focus on higher education.

Friday 19 February. 2pm - 4pm

Venue: Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Moray House

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Practical Strategies for...deep reflection

An Introduction to Mindfulness and Contemplative Practices in Higher Education. This workshop introduces a small selection of practices and background theory in relation to generic and subject-integrated approaches to contemplative practices and mindfulness in higher education.

Monday 22 February, 2pm - 4pm

Venue: Room B1.11-3, Outreach Centre, 9C Holyrood Road Moray House

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PGT Lunchtime Session - (Tracey Slaven, Deputy Secretary Strategic Planning)

The University Secretary will provide an update on where the University has got to on following through on strategic vision 2025 and developing our next 4-5 year strategy document; and lead a discussion on what this might mean we should focus on in terms of learning and development.

Tuesday 23 February, 12.30pm - 2pm

Venue: Institute for Academic Development, Outreach Centre, 1 Morgan Lane

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Assessment & Providing Feedback in the Sciences

This course is intended for tutors and demonstrators with marking responsibilities particularly in the sciences. It focuses in on marking and commenting on shorter items and reports on practicals. It provides an overview of assessment processes and explores the students' needs for support at different stages. It identifies some of the challenges faced by markers, discusses strategies for coping with these challenges; and examines good practice in providing comment on students' work.

Wednesday 24 February, 1.30pm - 5pm

Venue: Room 302, Crew Building Kings Buildings

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Supervising Projects & Dissertations

This course is intended for more experienced tutors and demonstrators who are taking on supervising responsibilities. It discusses the students’ needs at different stages and the type of support you might provide, the boundaries to your responsibilities, recording and confidentiality issues, and strategies for handling potentially tricky situations.

Wednesday 24 February, 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Venue: TBC Moray House

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Inspire to succeed: Transforming teaching and learning in Health and Social Care

The HEA is delighted to announce a two-day teaching and learning in Health and Social Care conference.

More event information on HEA website

Wednesday 24 - Thursday 25 February

Venue: 200 St Vincent Street, Glasgow

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Learning with Lego in HE

This one-day workshop for HEA Fellows accompanies the publication of an HEA report on Innovative Pedagogical Practices, written by Alison James, and offers a hand-on introduction to the use of LEGO® and techniques such as LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® as modes of enquiry for teaching, learning and research.

More event information on the HEA website

Wednesday 24 February, 10am

Venue: University of the Arts, London, 272 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7EY

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Future teacher: successes in online learning?

Bringing together experience across the institution of delivering teaching online – from MOOCs to Masters, CPD to on-campus undergraduate – find out more about how ‘online’ and ‘learning’ are evolving around the institution.

Friday 24th Feb, 14:00-16:00

Venue: 7 Bristo Sq (G.16)

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