SHED 22nd February 2019 – the Skills Paradox and its Impact on University Priorities – University Of Edinburgh

Join SHED at our next meeting which will focus on the skills paradox and its impact on University policies in Scotland.

We are absolutely delighted to announce that Wendy Alexander will deliver the keynote address and provide the platform for exploring what the skills paradox is and how it will affect the work of educational developers in Scotland.

Wendy is Vice-Principal (International) at the University of Dundee and a member of the Universities Scotland’s International Committee. She is a member of the Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board and it is from this perspective that she will be challenging us to examine our thinking as it concerns topics such as:

  • Ensuring that we have a demand led skills system that is flexible and highly responsive to industry and learner needs, underpinned by robust evidence on employer demand, and access to lifelong careers advice.
  • Embedding a culture of lifelong learning at all stages of an individual’s career, including a stronger emphasis on work-based learning to better respond to the current and future skills needs of industry and learners

Joining Information

The meeting will take place in Room G.43, Paterson’s Land, Holyrood Road, EH8 8AQ.

The draft schedule for the meeting is as follows:

  • 10.30am – Arrival w/ tea & coffee
  • 11am – Welcome and introduction
  • 11.10am – Wendy’s presentation and workshop including questions
  • 12.40pm – Lunch
  • 1.30pm – Discussion around guest speaker topic and presentation
  • 3.30pm Close

To have an indication of numbers can you please email SHED Secretary Amanda Pate to confirm your attendance.

SHED is the community of people involved in developing the educational potential of others in Scotland. Please note: you don’t have to be an educational developer to participate in SHED!

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SHED Residential 6/7th November @SAMS, Oban

This year’s SHED Residential will be held on the 6th and 7th November, 2018, at the Scottish Association for Marine Sciences, Oban.

View draft programme | Register here to attend in person or online

During this 2-day CPD residential event we will have an opportunity to come together as a community of practice to explore a range of topics related to academic development. Even if you are unable to make both days, you would be welcome to join us as and when you can!

The event is a wonderful opportunity to come together to learn and to reflect on our own and others’ practice in a warm (notwithstanding the November weather in Oban!) and supportive environment. This year we have a number of international participants and presenters including Klodiana Kolomitro from Queens University, Canada and Charlie Reis from Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University.

The event will be hosted at the Scottish Association for Marine Sciences, part of the University of the Highlands and Islands. Here are directions of how to get there.

Please note: Over the course of the 2 days tea and coffee will be provided but we will ask people to bring their own lunch with them or eat on campus.

For residential participants we have secured special rates at two local hotels:

The Columba Hotel, North Pier, Oban PA34 5QD Oban Bay Hotel, Corran Esplanade, Oban, PA34 5AE
£65.00 (£10 seaview supplement)

Single occupancy in a double/twin room with breakfast arriving on Tuesday 6th November for one night.

All reservations must be guaranteed by credit card details and payment has to be arranged before or on arrival, latest on the day of departure. Flexible cancellation applicable only on multiple room bookings, ask for details when booking.

When booking quote “University Conference 11/2018”

Contact – call 01631 562 183 or email Karina Tvrda (Karina.Tvrda@sgehotelgroup.com)

£70 (non refundable rate)

Single occupancy in a double/twin room with breakfast arriving on Tuesday 6th November for one night.

Rooms held until 2 weeks prior, leaving a few for any late bookers (subject to the hotel still having availability when they reach this point)

When booking quote “SHEDUHI”

Delegates to book their own accommodation – credit card details will be taken upon booking

Contact – call 01631 564395 direct for bookings

 

For those of you who do not wish to stay over or plan to attend single days, you are welcome to join us for dinner at the hotel – please book direct with the hotel.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the CPD Co-ordinator, Cameron Graham.

 

View draft programme | Register here to attend in person or online

SHED 27th September 2018 University Of The West Of Scotland Paisley Campus – A Sense Of Belonging – What Does It Mean? Why Does It Matter?

Join the SHED Community to unpack the meaning of a Sense of Belonging. Reflect on Insights from Associate Professor, Colin Smith, ENU and debate with us why a Sense of Belonging might matter across the fabric of the University and on its relevance to you in your role.

Joining Information

The meeting will take place in A100 in the Lord Smith of Kelvin Centre, University Of The West Of Scotland Paisley Campus  – see campus map and travel guidance. We start at 10.30 and finish by 16.00. Please note: Lunch is not provided but there are places to eat at UWS. As always you are welcome to bring your own packed lunch.

To have an indication of numbers can you please email SHED Secretary Amanda Pate to confirm your attendance or to send in your apologies.

Please note: you don’t have to be an educational developer to be in SHED!

SHED 18th May 2018, University of Strathclyde – Evaluating teaching-related CPD in Higher Education

Evaluating teaching-related CPD in Higher Education

This session provides an opportunity to reflect on how teaching-related Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is currently evaluated in educational development practice. The session is based on the outcomes of the HEA/PedRIO project ‘Evaluating teaching-related CPD in Higher Education’ (Kneale et al. 2016).

Educational Developers are increasingly being asked to evidence the value of their work in higher education institutions but this is tricky business. The links between intervention and changes to lecturers’ conceptions, beliefs and practices can take time and are subject to other influences. This situation prompted the HEA/PedRIO project upon which this session is based, the project developed a research-informed Toolkit for good practice in evaluating teaching-related CPD. In this session the Toolkit will be introduced and participants will have a chance to consider their own practice in relation to the Toolkit’s recommendations. The session will then examine how these recommendations have been embedded into practice by PedRIO at the University of Plymouth. Participants will be invited to critique this work and to make suggestions for next steps in this and their own practice.

Publications relating to this work:

  • Spowart, L., Winter, J., Turner, R., Muneer, R., McKenna, C. & Kneale, P. (2017) ‘Evidencing the impact of teaching-related CPD: beyond the ‘Happy Sheets’. International Journal for Academic Development.
  • Winter, J., Turner, R., Spowart, S. Muneer, R. and Kneale, P. (2017) Evaluating academic development in the higher education sector: Academic developers’ reflections on using a Toolkit resource. Higher Education Research and Development.
  • Turner, R., Spowart, l., Winter, J., Muneer, R., & Kneale, P. (2016). ‘The lecturer should know what they are talking about’: SU Officers perceptions of teaching-related CPD and implications for practice. Innovations in Education and Teaching Special Issue: Pp 1-9
  • Kneale, P., Winter, J., Spowart, L., Turner, R. and Muneer, R. (2016) Evaluating teaching development activities in higher education: a toolkit. Higher Education Academy, York. https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/knowledge-hub/evaluating-teaching-development-higher-education
  • Hughes, J., McKenna, C., Kneale, P., Winter, J., Turner, R., Spowart, L., & Muneer, R. (2016). Evaluating teaching development in higher education: Towards impact assessment (Literature Review). York: Higher Education. Retrieved June 3, 2016, from https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/resource/evaluating-teaching-development-higher-education

The session will facilitated remotely by Dr Jennie Winter Associate Professor in Educational Development at the Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory (PedRIO), Plymouth University.

Dr Jennie Winter is an Associate Professor in Educational Development at the Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory (PedRIO), Plymouth University. She is a National Teaching Fellow, Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and a representative of the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA).

Jennie is interested in a range of academic development themes including the student voice, education for sustainable development and evidencing the impact of academic development. Significant recent work includes a national research project on evaluating the impact of academic development in UK higher education (Kneale et al. 2016; Spowart et al. 2017; Winter et al. 2017), and international comparative work investigating how sustainability concepts are taught in Business and Economics in the UK and China (Winter and Cotton 2017). Jennie’s research has been utilised by the European Commission, presented at international conferences and by invite to selected institutions. You can find out more about Jennie’s work at this link – https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/staff/jennie-winter.

Outline for the Day

10:30am           Arrival
11:00am           Welcome: Jane MacKenzie
11:05am           CPD Session: Evaluating teaching-related CPD in Higher Education
12:30pm          Lunch Please note: Lunch is not provided.
1:30pm            SHED community discussion of sector issues – As we are no longer a lobbying group, this will now be an open meeting for all.
3:30pm           Close of day

The meeting will start at 10:30am with an opening welcome at 11:00am and here is the draft agenda for the day along with minutes of the previous meeting.

Joining Information

The meeting will take place in Room GH208J, Graham Hills building, University of Strathclyde  – see campus map and travel guidancePlease note: Lunch is not provided but attendees may like to visit the Nourish Café in the TIC building. As always you are welcome to bring your own packed lunch.

To have an indication of numbers can you please email SHED Secretary Janis Davidson to confirm your attendance or to send in your apologies.

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