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Past learning and teaching events.

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OER: Find Licensed material for teaching and presentations

Learn how to locate and identify licensed materials online to use in your own teaching and presentations. When placing teaching and presentation materials into an open environment, e.g. outside of the closed classroom and up onto the web, we need to ensure that we are using openly licensed materials AND that we are providing correct attribution (this is as important as being able to correctly cite a paper). In this session you will be invited to develop short visual presentations by locating and using openly licensed content. You will be guided through the process of finding, reusing, and sharing open content, learning about licenses along the way.

The session will cover:

  • The differences between Open Access, Open Educational Resources, Copyright materials, and Licensed materials. 
  • How to identify licensed materials and which licences suit various type of usage.
  • How to search on a variety of platforms for licensed materials (e.g. Google, Flickr, Vimeo, Wikimedia Commons).
  • How to correctly attribute materials that you have used. 

Wednesday 23 November, 15:00-17:00

Venue: Appleton Tower M2b (Central Area)

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Sharing Good Practice identified during Internal Reviews

This event is about sharing good practice identified during Internal Reviews. Teaching Programme Reviews and Postgraduate Programme Reviews identify many areas of good practice which are valuable to share across the University, and during the event colleagues from recent reviews will share some of these approaches to enhancing the student experience. The agenda will be finalised shortly but the event will consist of a series of short lightning talks (lasting 10 mins) and you will choose three talks to attend.  The event will conclude with a networking opportunity where staff can ask presenters further questions and discuss approaches to enhancing the student experience.  The talks will cover both taught and research topics such as student support, assessment and feedback, support of postgraduate tutors, and innovative learning and teaching technology.

Wednesday 23 November, 9:30-11:30

Venue: Room G21, Paterson's Land, Holyrood Road

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Learning through Objects: Transformative Pedagogies in Practice

This one day symposium focuses on the value of objects for learning within creative art, design and communication higher education, while also drawing on innovative and effective practices from across the disciplines. This event is open to tutors, lecturers, technicians, study support tutors, archivists and librarians who have an interest in using objects to facilitate learning, would like to know how to use them better, or have practice to share.

Objects have been used to support teaching and learning since the earliest days of art, design and communication education, stimulating curiosity and ongoing interest. The transaction between the object and the viewer enables meaning construction. Decoding objects develops transferable skills such as critical thinking and communication.  Objects can help to develop a deeper understanding of one’s own assumptions and beliefs. 

This teaching platform will offer an opportunity for art and design educators to explore emerging best practice.  We will articulate the specific contribution of art, design and communication to the wider academic field of object-based learning.  Themes covered by the day will include:

•             the use of archives and special collections in teaching

•             the object as mediator

•             the role of object-based teaching in developing skilled hand function

•             objects as a source of curriculum diversity

Wednesday 23 November, 9:30-16:30

Venue: UAL: London College of Communication, SE1 6SB (nearest tube Elephant & Castle)

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What is Teaching Excellence?

In the light of the proposed UK Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), it is timely to consider what is meant by teaching excellence in higher education - and how it can best be measured. The Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory (PedRIO) is delighted to announce an upcoming conference entitled "What is Teaching Excellence?"

The conference will explore opportunities and initiatives around enhancement, bearing in mind recent changes to legislation.  We are delighted to have two excellent keynote speakers with substantial expertise on this topic:

*         Nick Hillman, Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI)

*         Paul Ashwin, Head of the Educational Research Department at Lancaster University

Aimed at bringing together leading academics from across the UK and beyond, you are invited to submit an abstract for a paper (15 mins), workshop (1 hour) or poster themed around one of the following areas:

- Putting student research at the heart of the curriculum

- Enabling student learning

- Less teaching, more facilitation and mentoring?

- Teaching that transforms the student experience

Submit your abstract on the event website before 9 September. 

Tuesday 22 November

Venue: Rolle Building, Plymouth University

Queries and booking via email

Interrogating differential outcomes in degree awarding: Towards a post-race pedagogy seminar

Dr Gurnam Singh and Professor Glynis Cousin will lead a seminar which will seek to provide a brief historical and contemporary overview of the issues commonly known as the BME attainment gap. In so doing, the seminar will highlight some of the contradictions and complexities on both conceptualising the problem of attainment and developing appropriate pedagogical interventions. The seminar will begin by critically reflecting on the ways in which the category BME has become unthinkingly applied as if some students were reducible to the category. This has, at best led to well meaning paternalistic gestures of celebrating diversity and internationalisation. At worst, it is argued that it has resulted in racialisng practices through simplistic associations between imputed cultural characteristics and student behaviour. In responding to the difficulties identified with the present approach, in the final section of the seminar, the debate will be proposed for an alternative paradigm from which the problem can be conceptualized and practices formulated which could be referred to as post-race pedagogy.

Wednesday 16 November, 13:30-15:30

Venue: University of Chester Law School

Registration and booking via email

South East Scotland Faculty of Clinical Educators Symposium 2016

The SEFCE symposia are run annually, and aim to present a keynote topic with seminars for further discussion. We also include some seminars that will cover what you need to do for mandatory CPD in medical education.

Keynote (to be confirmed): Dr Rangan Chatterjee talking about "Educating for the Future of Medicine".

Wednesday 16 November, afternoon

Venue: Lecture Theatre A, Chancellor's Building, Little France

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What's Lacking in Online Learning?

There is a family of philosophical critiques of online education that share a common form. Often drawing on the work of Hubert Dreyfus, they argue that learning crucially depends on the acquisition of embodied skills, habits of attention, and ways of caring about or being emotionally engaged by a situation or problem. They then argue that these capacities can only be fostered by real time embodied interaction, and thus that online learning will always be inferior to its offline counterparts. In this talk, Dave Ward suggests that none of these arguments support the global conclusions about online education at which they aim. Instead, he argues, they provide us with a useful set of tools for assessing paradigms of online education and identifying ways in which they can be improved.

Lunch will be provided from 12:30, with the presentation beginning at 12:45, and opportunity for Q&A/discussion from 1.30pm.

Thursday 3 November, 12:30-14:00

Venue: Lecture Theatre, 7 Bristo Square

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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.

Thursday 15 September, 10am-12.30pm

Venue: Room 1.08, Main Library, University of Edinburgh

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Public criminologies and higher education pedagogies: British Society of Criminology Learning and Teaching Network symposium

The purpose of this joint British Society of Criminology Learning and Teaching Network (BSC LTN) and HEA symposium is to critically examine the pedagogic practices of criminologists as 'public-facing' intellectuals.

More event information on HEA website

Thursday 8 September, 9am

Venue: Society for Research into Higher Education, 73 Collier Street, London, N1 9BE

Book now on HEA website

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.

Thursday 8 September, 2-4.30pm

Venue: Room 1.08, Main Library, University of Edinburgh

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Metrics that matter: future directions for qualitative and quantitative institutional research

The Higher Education Institutional Research (HEIR) Conference 2016 will explore the role of metrics and data in supporting higher education institutions, agencies and practitioners to make sense of the rapidly changing and globalised education context.

Whilst welcoming submissions on all aspects of institutional research (outlined in the conference tracks) HEIR2016 will have a particular focus on student success, and current debates around teaching excellence and value-added higher education. There is growing interest around the world in measuring how much students learn in higher education, and the contribution that institutions, courses or educational activities make to that learning. Practitioners and institutional researchers are faced with the need of finding ways of harnessing or generating new data that can support institutional decision-making with the ultimate aim of improving the student experience.

Saturday 7 - Sunday 8 September

Venue: John Lennon Art and Design Building, Liverpool John Moores University

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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.

Thursday 1 September, 2-4.30pm

Venue: Room 1.08, Main Library, University of Edinburgh

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PGT Strategy Conference - The Future of PGT

The conference will provide an opportunity to discuss issues of relevance to Masters provision and share best practice. The conference is aimed at Programme Directors and staff who support and work with PGT students (both on-campus and online distance learners). There will be an opportunity to attend workshops, which delegates will be asked to select during the booking process.

To book a place, and get further information including workshops, please click the following link: http://edin.ac/28OJ1yZ or email iad.masters@ed.ac.uk.

Wednesday 31 August

Venue: Playfair Library, Old College, University of Edinburgh

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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.

Friday 26 August, 2-4.30pm

Venue: Room 1.08, Main Library, University of Edinburgh

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CMALT & Professional Development - Learning Technology Monthly Showcase and Network

The next in the series of elearning@ed / IS-LTW monthly learning technology events will be taking place on 27th July. This month’s event will be focussed on Professional Development for Learning Technologists, in particular the Information Services offer of a bursary to fund and support learning technologists to become Certified Members of the Association for Learning Technology (CMALT).

More info on CMALT: The University of Edinburgh is committed to supporting professional development and in the Learning Teaching and Web division we are proud to announce a new university wide scheme for the continuing professional development of staff working with learning technology. This is by becoming Certified Members of the Association for Learning Technology (CMALT).

Find out more about professional development for learning technologists on the Information Services website.

Wednesday 27 July, 3-5pm

Venue: Outreach Centre, B1.11-1

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HEA Surveys Conference 2016: Linking Enhancement and Excellence

The theme for this year’s conference is how surveys and other metrics can be used within institutions to demonstrate and drive excellence. Insights from surveys and broader metrics play a key role in the process of quality enhancement as they facilitate a deeper understanding of students’ experiences and learning gain, enable comparisons and benchmarking between and within institutions, and can inform debates and conversations about learning and teaching. As such these insights feed directly into action planning around how best to drive up teaching quality and improve learners’ experiences. Teaching quality and excellence are at the forefront of the current higher education policy agenda, and this year’s conference provides a great opportunity to join the debate.

Call for papers deadline: 18 April 2016

More event information on HEA website

Wednesday 13 July

Venue: The Studio, Birmingham

Book now on HEA website

Transforming Assessment and Feedback in Higher Education

This one-day seminar aims to debate efforts to drive assessment change beyond the individual and course level towards transformation at the institutional, faculty or departmental level.   It is designed to be a very interactive and informative day drawing on and debating multiple examples of assessment change.

Thursday 30 June, 9:30 - 16:00

Venue: Midland Hotel, Manchester, UK

Assessment & Feedback - Learning Technology Monthly Showcase and Network

Learning technologists, academic and support staff are invited to join us for a discussion around technology in assessment and feedback. We are delighted to welcome Prof Susan Rhind, Dr Neil Lent, and Karen Howie to speak at this month’s event, and the session will be chaired by Robert Chmielewski from the IS – Learning, Teaching & Web team. We are dedicating a large amount of time to general discussion around technology in Assessment and Feedback as we expect there to be a lot of interesting talking points that we would love to discuss with the audience.

Find out more about the Monthly Showcases on the Teaching Matters blog

Monday 27 June, 15:00-17:00

Venue: 50 George Square - G.06 (Central Area)

Sheffield Hallam Annual Learning and Teaching Conference: University Places: Educational Spaces

A two-day event on transformative learning spaces, how general teaching places (seminar rooms, lecture theatres, virtual learning environments) can be used to enable learning in specific disciplines or subjects, and how disciplinary places are used to enable the learning of more generic skills common to/shared by many disciplines (e.g. critical analysis, group work, presentation skills). The call for papers is open until Thursday 24 March.

More information and submission on the conference website.

Thursday 23 June - Friday 24 June

Venue: Sheffield Hallam University

Faculty Learning Communities Symposium

We are delighted to announce that Dr Milton Cox (Miami University, USA) will lead the symposium on how faculty learning communities can support Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. This one-day symposium will look at the role Faculty Learning Communities can play in supporting and enhancing Scholarship of Teaching and Learning across the Higher Education sector.  If you are interested in setting up such a learning community or considering ways to engage and drive forward innovation and evidence-based enhancement across your teaching and assessment practices this event will be of great interest to you.

More information and book a place on the event website.

Thursday 23 June,  10am - 3pm

Venue: Bristol University

Navigating Health and Social Care Teaching

This one-day workshop is a supportive, energising and practical event for individuals who are new(ish) to teaching in higher education. The day is designed to take you from "Surviving" to "Thriving" in your health and social care teaching practice. The day is open to early-career health and social care academics who want to develop their teaching practice by working with their discipline peers from a range of institutions.

More information and book a place on the event website.

Thursday 23 June,  10am

Venue: thestudio, 7 Cannon Street, Birmingham, B2 5EP

Graduate Teaching Assistant support and development: Scoping out the big issues.

The University of Edinburgh, in collaboration with the University of Glasgow, is hosting a one-and-a-half day free CPD event for staff developers with specific responsibilities for the development and support of Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) or with a special interest in this area of academic development. The event is centred around three themes:

• What place does teaching development take in the early careers of researchers?

• How is centralised support for GTAs’ teaching development best balanced with support from within their disciplines?

• How does the UK context influence the shape of teaching development opportunities and the way GTAs and their institutions will engage with them?

Through a range of presentations and workshops, the event is designed for sharing practice, discussion and collaboration.

Monday 20 June, 9.30 - 17.00 and Tuesday 21 June 9.30 - 13.00

Venue: Godfrey Thomson Hall, St Johns Street, Holyrood Campus, University of Edinburgh

Principal's Teaching Award Scheme Forum 2016

The Principal’s Teaching Award Scheme (PTAS) offers staff at Edinburgh the opportunity to apply for grants for pedagogical development or research projects, which will make a significant contribution to enhancing teaching, learning or assessment practices. The PTAS scheme has excellent reach within the University with over 200 different members of staff having been involved in successful PTAS projects since the start of the scheme across 20 different Schools. You will get the chance to hear about some of the successful projects and to meet grant holders to ask their advice. We will also have two inspiring keynote speakers.

Browse the full programme online at the PTAS web pages.

Wednesday 15 June, 9.30am - 4.30pm

Venue: Outreach Centre, Holyrood Road

eLearning@ed and LTW present  - Professor Gilly Salmon: Higher Education 1.0 to 3.0

eLearning@ed and the Learning Design and Engagement Team at LTW are delighted to present a guest seminar from Professor Gilly Salmon, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education Innovation) at the University of Western Australia. One way of considering the development of the world wide web is seeing it as starting off as transmissive (1.0), social (2.0) or 3.0 (semantic- meaning ‘data driven’).  (The big change from Web 1.0 to 2.0 was not the technology but in the way it was deployed by the human users). Some commentators are mapping the slow development of education onto increased use of networked computing and digital opportunities on a wide scale.

Much of what we have done in Higher Education to date is based on Education 1.0 although we are now designing for and adopting Education 2.0. If we’re serious about creating new and better futures for our students –  then we should be preparing for Education 2.5, or 3.0, or 4.0…). Can we use the hindsight, insight and challenges of change from Education 1.0 to 2.0 to imagine and construct? Come along and enjoy a conversation about the future at Edinburgh.

Lunch will be provided.

Tuesday 14 June, 12pm - 2pm

Venue: Seminar Room 2, Chrystal MacMillan Building, George Square

Practical Strategies for… Putting together written guidance for tutors and demonstrators

Discuss the written guidance that we create for tutors and demonstrators. What purpose does it have? What content might be included? How might it be presented, maintained up to date, and reinforced? Hear about examples, and support available to get it off the ground; and talk your plans over with staff working on this same task.

Tuesday 7 June

Venue: Room 4319B, James Clerk Maxwell Building (Kings Buildings)

HEA research webinar: Evaluating teaching development in HE

Professor Pauline Kneale and members of the PedRIO team at Plymouth University will discuss their latest HEA-funded research which explores how best we can evaluate teaching development in HE. In addition to a literature review, the team have developed an evidence-informed toolkit which can be used to evaluate teaching development and CPD. It will be of interest to anyone who wants to understand how these activities impact and influence teaching, learning and the broader student experience.

Wednesday 1 June, 12:30-14:00

Edinburgh Living Lab - Learning by Developing Workshop

This is the second of two workshops in a PTAS project supporting the development of practice and knowledge for novel interdisciplinary learning. The aims of the workshop are to share knowledge and experiences, build networks and develop recommendations for University leadership on the value of learning in the context of real-life problems.

Learning by Developing is a pedagogical model pioneered by the Laurea University of Applied Sciences that structures the learning experience around real-life problems. It allows students to engage with issues outside academia and facilitates their development as self-directed learners with a range of complex problem-solving and personal leadership skills as well as intellectual and methodological skills. It emphasizes employability, building skills in interdisciplinary teamwork, design methods and creating and testing novel ideas.

Lunch will be provided.

Tuesday 31 May, 13:00 - 17:00

Venue: Room G.05, 50 George Square, University of Edinburgh

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Getting started with Wikipedia – Editing using the new Visual Editor interface

"The single greatest Open Education Resource the world has ever seen - Wikipedia." - Jim Groom, @OER16, Wed 20 April 2016.

This is a workshop aimed at anyone interested in learning how to edit Wikipedia but has never been sure, up until now, how or why to begin. Editing Wikipedia has never been easier using the new Visual Editor interface which makes it as easy as using MS Word or Wordpress blogs. New editors are very welcome as full Wikipedia editing training will be given during this session and afterwards you can ask questions of the trainer about anything you were unsure of or next steps or anything else you maybe interested in.

PLEASE NOTE: DESKTOP COMPUTERS ARE PROVIDED BUT YOU ARE WELCOME TO USE YOUR OWN LAPTOP IF YOU PREFER.*

Friday 27 May, 15:30-16:45

Venue: Teaching Studio LG.07 David Hume Tower Building, George Square, University of Edinburgh (Central Area)

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Getting started with Wikipedia – Editing using the new Visual Editor interface

"The single greatest Open Education Resource the world has ever seen - Wikipedia." - Jim Groom, @OER16, Wed 20 April 2016.

This is a workshop aimed at anyone interested in learning how to edit Wikipedia but has never been sure, up until now, how or why to begin. Editing Wikipedia has never been easier using the new Visual Editor interface which makes it as easy as using MS Word or Wordpress blogs. New editors are very welcome as full Wikipedia editing training will be given during this session and afterwards you can ask questions of the trainer about anything you were unsure of or next steps or anything else you maybe interested in.

PLEASE NOTE: DESKTOP COMPUTERS ARE PROVIDED BUT YOU ARE WELCOME TO USE YOUR OWN LAPTOP IF YOU PREFER.*

Thursday 26 May, 12:00-13:00

Venue: Room 1.10, Meeting Suite, first floor, Main Library, George Square (Central Area)

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Academic Transitions Toolkit Showcase

IAD Study Development invite you to this morning event and lunch, which will showcase the IAD Academic Transitions Toolkit and the wider work of the IAD’s Study Development Team, including the launch of the Academic Transitions Toolkit. Each example in the toolkit has been piloted at the University of Edinburgh and evaluated as effective and impactful by both students and staff. Featuring case study presentations from academic colleagues around the University, the event will explore how the Toolkit links with other University initiatives.

Lunch will be provided.

Tuesday 24 May, 9:15-13:00

Venue: Room 2.14, St. Leonard’s Land, Moray House

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Getting started with Wikipedia – Editing using the new Visual Editor interface

"The single greatest Open Education Resource the world has ever seen - Wikipedia." - Jim Groom, @OER16, Wed 20 April 2016.

This is a workshop aimed at anyone interested in learning how to edit Wikipedia but has never been sure, up until now, how or why to begin. Editing Wikipedia has never been easier using the new Visual Editor interface which makes it as easy as using MS Word or Wordpress blogs. New editors are very welcome as full Wikipedia editing training will be given during this session and afterwards you can ask questions of the trainer about anything you were unsure of or next steps or anything else you maybe interested in.

PLEASE NOTE: DESKTOP COMPUTERS ARE PROVIDED BUT YOU ARE WELCOME TO USE YOUR OWN LAPTOP IF YOU PREFER.*

Thursday 19 May, 12:00-13:00

Venue: TLK, Fleeming Jenkins Building (Kings Buildings)

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Making Higher Education meaningful: Research and practice in experiential learning - Professor Scott Wurdinger

There are similarities and subtle differences between various approaches to experiential learning. This presentation will explore these similarities and differences and discuss the potential advantages and disadvantages. Some may be richer in theory whereas others may be richer in practice. Is there one approach that can be infused into others that will not only balance theory and practice, but promote greater problem solving? The lecture will explore ways in which experiential learning can be used to enhance teaching and learning in higher education.

This event is open to all University of Edinburgh staff.

Thursday 12 May, 16:00, followed by a reception, 17:00-18:00

Venue: Patersons Land, LG34, Moray House

Book now by email: Dee.Scott@ed.ac.uk

Welcome Back Hack

EUSA Global and the Institute of Academic Development are collaborating to bring together different perspectives of the ‘reintegration’ period for students who study abroad and build some possible ideas for improving the process. This might be a handbook, programme of events, toolkit, etc. We are hoping for as many perspectives as possible to be in the same room, including staff and students.

Tuesday 10 May, 2.30pm - 5pm

Venue: IAD Resource Room, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP

eLearning@ed Conference 2016

The annual eLearning@ed Conference is primarily intended for staff working in elearning, in "technology enhanced learning", and engaged in using new technologies and digital tools in their teaching and learning. We also welcome interested students who wish to enjoy us for this day exploring best practices as well as innovative approached to teaching and learning at University of Edinburgh.

Further details of the programme and our speakers will be confirmed shortly. We also welcome your presentations and posters. Please get in touch with your ideas.

For more information on the eLearning@ed Forum, who organise this annual event, co-organise monthly meet ups with LTW, and run ad hoc sessions on approaches and technologies, visit: elearningforum.ed.ac.uk

Friday 6 May, 9:45-16:45

Venue: Informatics Forum, George Square, Edinburgh

Stay Legal – Use Open Educational Resources

Stay legal. Learn how to create teaching and research presentations that can be shared openly on the web without infringing copyright. In this session participants will be invited to develop short visual presentations using openly licensed content. Participants will be guided through the process of finding, reusing, and sharing open content, learning about Creative Commons licenses along the way.

Wednesday 4 May, 14:00-16:00

Venue: Appleton Tower, Room M2b, Central Area

Edinburgh Cityscope - Hello World!

Edinburgh Cityscope is an exciting new cross-discipline project aiming to to make Edinburgh the Global City of Learning by turning the entire city and its environs into a pervasive, interactive learning environment, visible to the world.

Tuesday 3 May, 14:00-17:00

Venue: Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, High School Yards

Can Education Scale? with John Mitchell (Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning and Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University)

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) emerged a few years ago to great fanfare, raising hope for widely available low-cost education for all. Like other academic groups, the Stanford Lytics Lab has developed research threads around understanding online learners, evaluating digital instruction, and building learning tools (see http://lytics.stanford.edu/report/), also making data available for academic research by others.  What have we learned overall? Will digital technology make effective learning possible on an unprecedented scale? Or are there still important challenges around factors such as learning outcomes, assessment, credentials, and economics?  What role can and should universities play in developing our digital future? And why?

Thursday 28 April June, 3pm - 5pm

G.07A, Informatics Forum, George Square, Edinburgh

An update on employment arrangements for tutors and demonstrators at Edinburgh

The University recently introduced new contracts and scholarships for tutors and demonstrators. Find out more about the implementation of these initiatives and further plans. Discuss what this means for your school, and talk this over with colleagues in other schools.

Thursday 28 April June, 2pm - 4pm

Room 1.21, Paterson's Land (Moray House)

Designing Flipped Learning Experiences

Don't let your lectures drone on! Use this great opportunity to learn about new ways to engage students, provide them with an active learning experience and strengthen their team-based skills. 

Flipped learning experiences propose the creation of tasks so that students review basic material before a f ace-to-face session. The increasing availability of resources opens new possibilities for these tasks. But flipped learning is not just providing some videos for students to watch before a lecture. Preparation and lecture tasks need now to be considered part of an overall learning design that offers students a more effective way to achieve learning outcomes. How should preparation tasks be designed? What happens with the lecture? What if students do not engage with the preparation tasks? Can I still use the flipped learning strategy with a large class? In this talk we will explore these questions and review how academics are tackling these issues.

The session will be facilitated by Dr. Abelardo Pardo, Associate Head of Teaching and Learning and Senior Lecturer at the School of Electrical and Information Engineering, The University of Sydney. 

Wednesday 27 April, 11:00am-12:00pm

Venue: S.1 (room 2.01, 2nd floor)-7 George Square.

Learning Technology Monthly Showcase and Network

Learning design is “the process of designing learning experiences (planning, structuring, sequencing) through facilitated activities that are pedagogically informed, explicit, and make better use of technologies in teaching” (adapted from various). This session will be facilitated by Fiona Hale, Education Design and Engagement, Division of Learning, Teaching and Web Services.

At this event, Fiona will offer an overview of the result of the scoping project, the evaluation events, and the development workshops. Find out about the collaborative “ELDeR framework”, due to roll out by June 2016, and what ELDeR means for you and your colleagues. 

We have a variety of speakers attending this event that are going to give an overview and insight into ELDeR. The session offers a great chance to chat with Fiona and colleagues about Learning Design. Refreshments will be provided.

You can check out the agenda from the eLearning@ED wiki page

Monday 25 April, 3pm-5pm

Venue: Seminar Room 4, Chrystal MacMillan Building

Course Organiser Network lunch - Promoting active learning using technology

This practical session introduces ways to enhance teaching using technology. Designed for staff with some experience of using technology but who are new to teaching with technology, the workshop introduces three 'quick win' teaching technologies. Contextual considerations around teaching with technology will also be covered.

Tuesday 19 April, 12.30pm - 2.30pm

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

Innovative pedagogies: a fresh look at anatomy teaching for healthcare professionals

This one-day workshop is aimed at those involved in the education of health care professionals particularly medical and nursing education, radiography, physiotherapy, physician assistant, sports therapy and other health care education professions, paramedics, art therapists and others working with the human body in their practice.

More event information on HEA website

Wednesday 13 April, starting at 10.30

Venue: College of St Hild and St Bede, Durham University, Gilesgate, Durham, DH1 1 SZ

University of Glasgow Annual Learning and Teaching conference: Active student participation in learning, teaching and assessment

The higher education sector is witnessing rising interest in students and staff becoming partners in, and co-creators of, learning teaching and assessment. The 9th Annual Learning and Teaching Conference will focus on how active student participation in learning, teaching and assessment can enhance learning and teaching experiences for students and staff.

There will be opportunities to explore active student participation in:

  • Assessment and feedback
  • Learning with technology
  • Developing graduate attributes
  • Designing the curriculum

More event information on Glasgow University website.

Tuesday 12 April

Venue: University of Glasgow

Practical Strategies for...seeking Higher Education Academy Accreditation

In this workshop we will introduce the various different options available for colleagues teaching within the University to develop their teaching practice and gain professional recognition for their teaching roles. This will include an overview of routes to the different levels of fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. This workshop is open to all including tutors, demonstrators, lecturers and colleagues within the support services who teach in workshops or support learning in other contexts.

More event information on HEA website

Thursday 7 April, 12:00 - 14:00

Venue: TBC Kings Buildings

Practical Strategies for...Learning with Lego: Using play to encourage autonomous student learning

This session, led by Dr Dan Swanton, School of GeoSciences, explores how Lego might be used to create engaging and creative teaching spaces.Using practical activities and various examples from teaching, the session will introduce how Lego can be used to deepen student understanding and nurture independent learning.

Wednesday 6 April, 13:00-15:00

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

Teaching Outside the Box: Using Creativity in your Teaching

What is ‘creative teaching’? How is it different from other teaching? And how can you make use of creativity in your higher education classroom? This session gets serious about creativity in teaching. It offers an insight into some key themes in creative teaching and introduces and models a range of creative teaching possibilities. We will experiment with plasticine, paint, glitter and glue, offering support for developing your own ideas for creative teaching.

Wednesday 30 March, 13:30-16:30

Venue: TBC

Teaching in Practice Sessions TiPS 2: Blended learning and learning communities: An opportunity for the University of Edinburgh

Learning and teaching is taking on new forms in the contemporary context. Blended learning provides a platform for students to learn through the traditional means of lectures and tutorials but part of their experience is learning through digital media and online. To keep up with evolving methods, it is important to be knowledgeable and up to date on new approaches and where relevant incorporate them into your teaching.

In TiPS 2, we invite all teaching staff to explore blended learning and learning communities. We are pleased to welcome Professor Jamie Fleck to consider these innovative approaches. The presentation will draw on his experience both at Edinburgh and the Open University, and pick up on the ideas from his 2012 paper: Blended learning and learning communities: opportunities and challenges. Journal of Management Development 31(4) pp. 398–411.

Thursday 24 March 13:00-14:30

Venue: University of Edinburgh Business School, Lecture Theatre 4

HEA Scotland Symposium: Defining excellence in Scotland

HEA Scotland would like to invite staff from higher education institutions in Scotland to a one-day interactive symposium on defining excellence in Scotland. This original workshop and networking event will support current discussions regarding how we define, recognise and support this value-based excellence in a manner which best promotes these defining characteristics. The programme will provide opportunities to discuss issues, develop ideas and contribute to the national debate on the links between policy and practice as well as to input on HEA Scotland’s future directions in this area.

Thursday 24 March 11:00 – 16:30

Venue: The Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh

Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning Workshop

Come to share knowledge and experiences and build a network to support the development of interdisciplinary teaching and learning across the University of Edinburgh. Learn from staff who have designed courses across disciplines and courses that engage students with 'real-life' problems outside the university. Discuss the challenges of coordinating courses across different schools, creating learning outcomes and assessing interdisciplinary and group project work. Explore the Living Lab approach and its potential to engage students and staff in innovation processes locally and globally.

Wednesday 23 March, 13:00-17:00

Venue: Room 1.21, Paterson's Land, Moray House School of Education

Student Engagement in Postgraduate Research Provision

The ethos of a partnership approach to student engagement in the quality assurance of higher education provision is well embedded throughout the sector. However, specific groups of students have different requirements and needs in relation to student engagement. With this in mind, we have put together three separate Quality Enhancement Network (QEN) events offering different perspectives on student engagement. These topics have been specifically requested by colleagues at previous QAA and QEN events. They have been designed to look at the challenges surrounding these particular areas, facilitate discussion between practitioners, and to share good practice and possible solutions.

Wednesday 23 March, 11:00-16:30

Venue: University of Greenwich

ECA Learning and Teaching Fair

The ECA Learning and Teaching Fair will showcase digital tools and services that can support learning and teaching and the innovative digital approaches which colleagues are already taking.

You will have a chance to browse stands highlighting key services and learning technology approaches. The stands will provide an opportunity to ask questions to our expert facilitators who support the services or have experience in using these approaches within the University. In addition to asking questions, you will have an opportunity to 'get your hands dirty' and try out any services you think maybenefit your learning and teaching.

Tuesday 22 March, 10:00-16:00

Venue: Board Room, Evolution House, 78 West Port, Edinburgh EH1 2LE

Show & Tell: ODL Marketing with Social Media

This event will include a number of speakers from ODL programmes as well as Communications & Marketing, in order to share experiences (good and bad) and provide practical advice for marketing ODL programmes. The emphasis will be on using social media and marketing. There will be an opportunity to network and ask questions. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Tuesday 22 March, 9:30-12:30

Venue: ECCI, High School Yards, Central Area

Making internal recognition decisions, Newcastle

Join us for this one-day masterclass designed to provide support to those with institutional responsibility for making professional recognition decisions within HEA accredited provision.

More event information on HEA website

Tuesday 22 March, starting at 10:00

Venue: Newcastle University, Newcastle, NE1 7RU

HCA Teaching Circle: Using web-based primary sources in teaching

Adam Budd will introduce his website ‘Circulating Enlightenment’ http://www.millar-project.ed.ac.uk which is a research-based, open-access, e-learning website that features primary sources for historians; e-learning modules for general users; and historical-skills training materials for students as a basis for a wider discussion on ways of using these types of resources in teaching. The event is open to all staff in HCA.

Tuesday 22 March, 13:00-14:00

Venue: G14, Doorway 4, Old Medical School

ePortfolios in Ireland: What Now, Where Next?

An exploration of the use of ePortfolios for teaching, learning and showcasing. During this free three-day event you will get the opportunity to explore eportfolio platforms, learn how eportfolios are being used across higher education institutions and discuss wider issues regarding digital identity and eportfolios for employability. There will also be plenty of opportunities for networking, discussion and collaboration via hands-on workshops.

More information on the ePortfolio Hub.

Monday 21 March - Wednesday 23 March

Venue: Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland

Writing online assessment questions using STACK

STACK is a computer aided assessment system with a focus on automatically establishing objective properties of answers which have mathematical content, e.g. establishing that a polynomial, given by the student, is in factored form. Based on these objective properties partial credit, feedback and cohort statistics can be generated.

We will start with a short talk and practical introduction to the STACK online assessment system. Then the bulk of the time will be a practical workshop during which you will be expected to author questions online. Participants are expected to register on http://stack.maths.ed.ac.uk/demo and to have used the demonstration course before attending the workshop.

The workshop will be led by Chris Sangwin, School of Mathematics.

Please bring your own laptop as computers are limited at the venue!

Friday 18 March, 14:00-16:00

Venue: 4325C, James Clerk Maxwell Building, Kings Buildings

Big issues in supporting and developing tutors and demonstrators - comparative perspectives

Discuss the challenges of supporting tutors and demonstrators from an institutional perspective. How does Edinburgh compare with other institutions in its approaches? What does the research say about this? Hear about other examples, and talk this over with staff with similar responsibilities.

Thursday 17 March, 14:00-16:00

Venue: Room 5326, James Clerk Maxwell Building Kings Buildings

Interdisciplinary learning and teaching provision: findings from a UK study

Presented by: Professor Catherine Lyall, Professor of Science and Public Policy, University of Edinburgh. This talk will report on some of the findings from a study, commissioned by the UK Higher Education Academy, which sought to map the scale and type of current interdisciplinary provision within the UK; to assess future trends; and to identify some of the core principles and pedagogies supporting interdisciplinarity in undergraduate and postgraduate taught education.

Thursday 17 March, 13:00-14:00

Venue: Centre for Academic and Professional Development, Room 3.11, Francis Bancroft Building, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End campus.

Principal Fellow writing retreat, Edinburgh

The HEA would like to invite you to participate in a professional recognition writing day to develop your Principal Fellow application. Principal Fellowship offers you the chance to be recognised for your substantial strategic responsibilities in teaching and your influence within the sector.

More event information on HEA website

Thursday 17 March, starting at 09:00

Venue: Edinburgh Napier University

Senior Fellow writing retreat, Edinburgh

The HEA would like to invite you to participate in a professional recognition writing day to develop your Senior Fellow application. Senior Fellowship offers you the chance to be recognised for your established record in teaching and learning and management of specific aspects of teaching provision.

More event information on HEA website

Thursday 17 March, starting at 09:00

Venue: Edinburgh Napier University

Designing Courses

This course is intended for more experienced tutors and demonstrators who are taking on course design responsibilities. It discusses some institutional dimensions that have to be taken into account when designing a course; it provides an overview of what is involved in turning subject content into a course; and discusses what makes for a well-designed course.

Wednesday 16 March 2016, 13:30-16:30

Venue: Moray House

Navigating health & social care teaching: A one day workshop

The day is open to early-career health and social care academics who want to develop their teaching practice by working with their discipline peers from a range of institutions. This one-day workshop is a supportive, energising and practical event for individuals who are new(ish) to teaching in higher education. The day is designed to take you from surviving to thriving in your health and social care teaching practice.

More event information on HEA website.

Wednesday 16 March 2016, starting at 10:00

Venue: Manchester

Student Engagement in Collaborative Provision

The ethos of a partnership approach to student engagement in the quality assurance of higher education provision is well embedded throughout the sector. However, specific groups of students have different requirements and needs in relation to student engagement. With this in mind, we have put together three separate Quality Enhancement Network (QEN) events offering different perspectives on student engagement. These topics have been specifically requested by colleagues at previous QAA and QEN events. They have been designed to look at the challenges surrounding these particular areas, facilitate discussion between practitioners, and to share good practice and possible solutions.

Tuesday 15 March

Venue: University of the West of England

Course Organiser Network lunch - Two-stage exams: troubleshooting workshop - Professor Simon Bates

Following on from the workshop in Semester One on two-stage exams Simon Bates will lead a discussion on the following: advice and support on implementing two-stage exams; troubleshooting: what issues and challenges are you facing?

Tuesday 15 March, 12:30-14:00

Venue: Roof Terrace, Business School Central Area

Growing your skills in social science teaching

This is part of a year-long programme of continuing professional development, involving both on and offline activities designed to support you as develop your repertoire in teaching and learning in the social sciences.

More event information on HEA website

Thursday 10 March, starting at 10:00

Venue: Higher Education Academy, Innovation Way, York Science Park, York, YO10 5BR

HEA research webinar seven: Retention in the disciplines: What are the issues? A roundtable discussion

The HEA has commissioned discipline-specific research into retention in the disciplines that will be launched at this webinar. Speakers so far include: Dr Neil Andrew Gordon (Computer Science, University of Hull), Dr Elizabeth Jackson and Liz Chan (Veterinary Medicine, Royal Veterinary College), and (Dr David Mossley, Philosophy, Independent Consultant). Dr Ruth Woodfield, author of Undergraduate retention and attainment across the disciplines will also be joining the discussion along with the HEA’s Doug Cole and Joan O’Mahony.

More event information on HEA website

Wednesday 9 March, starting at 12:30

Responding to the cuts to Disabled Students Allowance: Inclusive teaching for students with Dyslexia

 The workshop will provide an overview to the legal requirements that exist for provision of students with dyslexia, alongside a review of the implications of the changes to Disabled Student Allowance. The workshop will consider this, in light of research currently being undertaken at the University of Chester into the experience of students with dyslexia. Attendance is free, but places are limited.

Wednesday 9 March, 14:00-16:00

Venue: University of Chester, Westminster building, CWE 125/2, Parkgate Road, CH1 4BJ

Advising on Personal & Academic Matters

This course is intended for more experienced tutors and demonstrators. It discusses the full range of support that students can require (from study development to personal matters); the boundaries to your responsibilities; recording and confidentiality issues; and strategies for handling potentially tricky situations. It points to University Support services and resources for study development.

Wednesday 9 March, 13:30-16:30

Venue: Moray House

Student Engagement in Postgraduate Taught Provision

The ethos of a partnership approach to student engagement in the quality assurance of higher education provision is well embedded throughout the sector. However, specific groups of students have different requirements and needs in relation to student engagement. With this in mind, we have put together three separate Quality Enhancement Network (QEN) events offering different perspectives on student engagement. These topics have been specifically requested by colleagues at previous QAA and QEN events. They have been designed to look at the challenges surrounding these particular areas, facilitate discussion between practitioners, and to share good practice and possible solutions.

Tuesday 8 March

Venue: University of Bolton

Inspire – sharing great practice in Arts and Humanities teaching and learning

The HEA is delighted to announce a two-day teaching and learning in Arts and Humanities conference, which will take place on 3–4 March 2016 at The Waterfront Hotel in Brighton.

More event information on HEA website

Thursday 3 March, starting at 11:00

Venue: The Waterfront Hotel, Brighton

Use, Create and Share -  Open Educational Resources (OER workshop)

Learn how to build openly shareable educational materials by remixing free and open resources. In this session, open to staff and students, participants will be invited to develop short visual presentations using openly licensed content. Participants will be guided through the process of reusing and sharing open content, learning about Creative Commons licenses along the way.

More information on Open.Ed website

Thursday 3 March, 10:00-12:00

Venue: JCMB 4325C (teaching studio) (Kings Buildings)

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 2 March, 13:30-16:30

Venue: Moray House

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday 16 February, 10am

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