Why not get involved in #HEAchat ? It’s a regular, open forum for HEA Fellows and non-Fellows to come together and share their experiences of teaching and learning in HE/FE. Each month the chat covers disciplinary or other issues relating to teaching and learning.
The next chat scheduled is Mind the Gap…How can we help commuter students get the most out of thir studies on 28 March.
Free workshop at the University of Edinburgh on Monday 23 April
The event will explore pedagogies of listening and one-to-one communication that enable and facilitate learning from others through dialogue. If you have an interest in enhancing the student experience through developing communication skills, interdisciplinary collaboration, dialogic approaches or education for sustainable development, this workshop will be of interest.
It gives an opportunity to explore the ways we teach communication skills in further/higher education to support collaboration, interdisciplinarity and inter-cultural exchange; try out a range of activities and resources aimed at developing environments for open and respectful conversations; and take part in discussions aimed at sharing and developing high quality learning and teaching practice for better communication skills.
Find out more, look at the draft programme, and book your place
The event draws on the resources and experiences of the HEFCE Catalyst funded teaching innovation project ‘Unmaking Single Perspectives: a Listening Project’ currently running at Keele University.
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You can download this new book for free here
“Forging closer links between university research and teaching has become an important way to enhance the quality of higher education across the world. As student engagement takes centre stage in academic life, how can academics and university leaders engage with their students to connect research and teaching more effectively? In this highly accessible book, the contributors show how students and academics can work in partnership to shape research-based education.
Featuring student perspectives, it offers academics and university leaders practical suggestions and inspiring ideas on higher education pedagogy, including principles of working with students as partners in higher education, connecting students with real-world outputs, transcending disciplinary boundaries in student research activities, connecting students with the workplace, and innovative assessment and teaching practices. Written and edited in full collaboration with students and leading educator-researchers from a wide spectrum of academic disciplines, this book poses fundamental questions about learning and learning communities in contemporary higher education.”
21 March 4pm Scrymgeour Building Room 2.12
The first in the series of talks arranged by the new Teaching Innovation & Learning Enhancement (TILE) network at the University of Dundee will be presented by Mark Healy, Deputy Head, St Andrews High School, Coatbridge. TILE aims to bring people from different disciplines and sectors together to discuss ways to improve education using evidence-based findings. It is a network of academics at uni, teachers at schools, educational developers, and science communicators. Learn more
In this talk, Mark will ask: What do we mean by an evidence base in education? Who gets to decide the canon of knowledge that sits behind the choice of evidence and why?
For example, why do aspects of Cognitive Psychology seem to reflect the zeitgeist of evidence base in schools, but perhaps not sociology, philosophy or anthropology? Why Cognitive Psychology and not Social Psychology or humanistic lenses on learning and teaching?
Mark will highlight some of the processes and scaffolds they have put in place at his secondary school and then also widen the dialogue to assert that reductionism to a sole lens of Cognitive Psychology may be helpful, but does not fully embrace all factors that influence effective approaches to learning and teaching.
Venture 2018 is a £26K new business idea competition for University staff, students and recent graduates with 7 prize fund categories. As well as prize money, there will be 10 Memberships for the ‘Emerging Tier‘ category of the Entrepreneurial Scotland network on offer. Winners will also gain a place on the 3-month summer cohort of Elevator’s Dundee accelerator programme
Full information here
Working better together: collaborations in student engagement
5th – 7th September 2018, Sheffield Hallam University
The annual conference for Researching, Advancing & Inspiring Student Engagement (RAISE) is being held on 5th to 7th September. The call for papers is now live and proposals should be received by 28th February 2018.
The conference offers the opportunity to showcase practice and research and take part in lively discussion about student engagement and partnership. Staff in all roles, students, and others interested in university and college higher education are welcome to contribute.
For more details, visit the Call for Papers on the RAISE 18 website.
The HEA is running a 2-part professional development course for aspiring, new or experienced external examiners. The design of the course reflects an active learning approach, with an emphasis on valuing participants’ experiences and prior knowledge.
Part 1 takes the form of online activities and reading, with Part 2 being a face-to-face workshop to be held in Edinburgh on Wednesday 7th February. Click here for more details and to book.
As the University of Dundee is an HEA-subscribing institution, this course is free for members of our staff to attend.
Proposals are invited for next year’s Enhancement Theme conference. Closing date 12th January 2018.
You can submit a proposal for a paper presentation, workshop or lightning talk on one of the 4 broad conference tracks:
- Navigating the data landscape
- Using qualitative and quantitative approaches to enhance student retention, attainment and employability
- Finding effective evidence for prompting student engagement in their learning
- Evaluating improvements in the student experience
For more information see the conference website
Our collegues in Stirling have just announced the Call for Papers for their annual Learning and Teaching conference ‘Seeing things differently: learning, teaching and assessment practices in higher education’, which will take place at the University of Stirling on April 18th 2018. The keynote address will be provided by Siân Bayne, Professor of Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh, and also Assistant Principal for Digital Education www.sianbayne.net
Please click on the link below for the Call and all additional information. The deadline for abstracts is the 20th December 2017.
This is always a worthwhile conference and we would encourage you to submit and/or attend!
Professors Phil Race and Sally Brown have just released an updated version of a document with all the details of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) details as currently on the HEA website. This is a useful at-a-glance guide, especially for those working towards the various levels of Fellowship of the HEA.
Phil suggests printing it onto A3 for best results!
Phil Race UKPSF_HEA
As a result of this, Dr Sophie Bessant, University of Keele, has shared a document which lists requirements of each level/category of Fellowship to help you establish which level to aim for.
Which category of fellowship_Nov17
Did you know that the Academic Skills Centre can support you in your application and are running several sessions specifically regarding this? Check our events page for the latest details.