Teaching Matters


Learning and teaching events happening in September.

Big White Wall Demonstration

University of Edinburgh students going through a tough time or struggling with mental health and wellbeing issues can get free online support with Big White Wall

The University of Edinburgh Student Counselling Service has asked Tanya Kirrage from Big White Wall to run a full day of sessions to demonstrate Big White Wall. These information sessions are aimed at university staff who are involved in supporting the mental wellbeing of our students.  The demonstration will provide you, and your colleagues, with all the information you need to confidently recommend BWW to students; this will also be a great opportunity for you to ask any questions you might have about Big White Wall.  Please circulate this email to any colleagues who would be interested in attending.

Monday 4th September,  9.45am-10.45am, 11am - 12, 1pm - 2pm, 2.15pm - 3.15pm, 3.30pm- 4.30pm

Venue: 1.09 Main Library, George Square

Book a timeslot via Eventbrite


RAISE17: Perspectives on student engagement; looking forward…thinking back

The conference aims to offer a forum and platform showcasing practice and research about, student engagement (SE) and partnership. Staff in all roles, all students, and others interested in university and college higher education are welcome to partricipate.

Student engagement has evolved considerably over the last 10 years. The pioneers of SE developed models and principles based on their research with students on the nature of SE. That led to a shared conceptual understanding but only among a small number of people. SE then developed into a movement, to practice, into policy and strategies and to new roles. That has meant that its meanings have become diverse and ambiguous. SE as a term and practice can even be appropriated into forms that are the antithesis of that earlier shared understanding and ethos, such as compliance and ‘doing’ SE to students.

Wednesday 6th- Friday 8th September

Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University, Brooks Building, Manchester, UK

Book via Raise Network


Teacakes and Technology

The Digital Education Unit is delighted to invite you to the inaugural ‘Teacakes and Technology’ afternoon. The event is targeted at Vet School colleagues, but it may also be of interest to other areas and we would be delighted if you could join us! The informal afternoon will feature various events that you can pick and choose from, including:

  • Showcase of technologies available in the Vet School, including 3D modelling, film making, photography, electronics.
  • Short info sessions, e.g. about the ‘Research methods & stats’ course, assessment models, using discussion boards effectively, and HERC process.
  • Info stands.
  • Activities, competitions, and freebies.

Thursday 7th September, 13:00 - 17:00

Venue: Vet Teaching Building, MVM

Book via MyEd


Active Learning Conference

Active learning focuses on students actively engaging in their learning through active problem-based learning, inverted or flipped classroom approaches, Team-Based Learning (TBL), SCALE-UP, and technology-enhanced active learning (TEAL). The conference is an opportunity for you to share your successful active learning practices as well as research into active learning.

The conference will link Team-Based Learning at University of BradfordSCALE-UP at Nottingham Trent University and our own active learning practices. It is one of the seventeen projects funded by HEFCE's Catalyst Fund. Read more about the project on the Vice Chancellor's blog.

The Active Learning Conference aims to:

  • introduce active learning approaches through masterclasses
  • share good practice in using and embedding active learning approaches in the curriculum
  • provide opportunities to learn new skills and techniques

Tuesday 12 September 2017, 09:30 - 16:00

Venue: Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge campus

Book via Anglia Ruskin University

Higher Education Institutional Research (HEIR) Conference: Breaking the Mould: Creating an Evidence-based Enhancement Culture

Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen will be hosting the tenth HEIR conference in September 2017. The conference brings together a community of higher education researchers, practitioners and enthusiasts from the UK and Ireland, with a growing international presence. Discussions this year will focus on how institutions can make best use of evidence to empower learners, engage audiences and influence decisions.

The programme will include a keynote by Professor Gilly Salmon, currently Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education Innovation) at the University of Western Australia, who is internationally renowned for her significant contributions to education futures, including research, program design, teaching methods and the use of new technologies. 

Wednesday 13th-Thursday 14th September

Venue: Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen

Register via Robert Gordon Univeristy