UKPSF mapping to Certified Membership of ALT

At the last SHED meeting more information was requested on the mapping of UKPSF to ALT’s Certified Membership scheme. This post is written by Martin Hawksey who is employed by ALT and on the SHED Executive:

The Association for Learning Technology is the UK’s leading membership organisation for those whose work involves learning technology. Given the abundance of technology in learning and teaching our membership is broad covering not just those with ‘learning technology’ in their job title and encompasses many roles in the institution including lecturers and administrative support. As part of ALT’s ongoing work supporting the professionalisation of learning technology ALT has created a Certified Membership scheme, CMALT. CMALT is a portfolio-based professional accreditation scheme developed by ALT to enable people whose work involves learning technology to:

  • have their experience and capabilities certified by peers;
  • demonstrate that they are taking a committed and serious approach to their professional development.

CMALT is an independent, peer-led accreditation scheme. However, we always look to map CMALT to other frameworks and courses. Of particular interest to SHED colleagues is the mapping of  CMALT and UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF). This mapping is designed to help staff who have completed the UKPSF use their existing evidence as part of a CMALT portoflio and vice versa. The current mapping can be viewed as a Google Doc of downloaded as a PDF.

Here is more information about the CMALT Scheme. It is also worth noting that ALT also offers other types of membership including Associate Membership which is free to staff and students of Organisational Members of ALT. Whilst Associate Membership is not part of an accreditation scheme becoming part of this community may still be of interest as part of your broader CPD. Here is more information on ALT Membership options.

If you have any questions about ALT and CMALT please get in touch with me at martin.hawksey@alt.ac.uk

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SHED 11th May 2017 Meeting, University of Stirling

Please note: that one of the people attending the event has a severe longstanding respiratory condition that means they can be vulnerable to environmental triggers. To ensure their safety it would be appreciated if you could avoid using perfumes and aftershaves on the day of the event. We apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Sharing practice in the SHED – what are we doing to support learning and teaching in the digital environment

Our final CPD session of our digital focus this year is inspired by suggestions the SHED community gave at our last meeting in Edinburgh. We would therefore like to invite colleagues, ideally from each institution, to come along with a 3-4 minute case study that illustrates how academic developers are supporting academic colleagues teach in a digital environment. We hope to have enough contributions to enable a hands-on and interactive session where we will all get an opportunity to think about how we can further support our academic colleagues in this fast-changing context. This session will be facilitated by the SHED CPD Co-ordinators.

If you have something you would like to share, please could you let us know by 4th May at the very latest.

Outline Agenda

10:30am          Arrival
11:00am          Welcome
11:05am           CPD Session. Sharing practice in the SHED
12:30pm          Lunch – see note below*
1:30pm            Dialogue with Sector Agencies
2:00pm            IMG Meeting
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. Can you please email SHED Secretary Janis Davidson to confirm your attendance or to send in your apologies asap. Reports from External Sector Body Representatives will be made available in advance of the meeting and will be updated as they are received below:

  1. ALT update
  2. HEA update
  3. QAA & Enhancement Themes update
  4. Universities Scotland update
  5. SEDA update
  6. OEPS

Joining instructions

Our next SHED meeting will be held on the 11th May 2017 at the University of Stirling from 10.30-4.00. The meeting will take place in Room 2B129, Cottrell building, see campus map here. As those of you who have already visited Cottrell building know, it is a bit of a rabbit warren… we will put up some directions to the SHED meeting but to help guide you, Room 2B129 is on the ground floor and it is probably best to come into the building via either of the Cottrell car park entrances (on either side of the building under construction) where you will find you are already in B corridor. From there, turn right and just keep going until you get to B129.

Please note pay and display parking is in operation on campus and parking is extremely limited. We would encourage you to consider an alternative mode of transport to campus, including our excellent Uni Link bus service. Anyone travelling by car is advised to arrive well before 9am to ensure they find a space.  Here are details of travel options.

*Please note: Lunch is not provided and we will provide directions to local eateries. As always you are welcome to bring your own packed lunch

Recording: Effectively using Social Media in Learning and Teaching

As part of the SHED February 2017 meeting we were delighted to have a CPD session delivered by Diane Pennington on Effectively using Social Media in Learning and Teaching. For those who were not able to make the session with Diane’s permission we made a recording which is available on the SHED YouTube channel and embedded below:

Slides from Diane’s session are available here and a description of the session follows:

Have you noticed how students are on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram all the time? As the saying goes, if you can’t beat them, join them! This session will introduce you to how to use social media tools intelligently and responsibly to instruct, communicate with, and engage students in ways that are familiar and meaningful to them. You will hear about specific social media services and how they can be used for teaching and learning and will have a chance to try them out in the session. You will then be encouraged to think about how you might use social media in your own practice as well as encourage and support others to do the same.

The session will be led by,

Diane M. Rasmussen Pennington PhD FHEA
Lecturer in Information Science
Deputy Course Director, MSc/PgDip Information & Library Studies
Department of Computer and Information Sciences
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland

http://personal.cis.strath.ac.uk/diane.pennington/

Given the wide geographic spread of SHED members we will continue to endeavor to make similar event resources available and have created a dedicated page which will list these.

 

Event: Joint Webinar between Scottish Higher Education Developers (SHED) and our Canadian counterparts, the Educational Developers Caucus (EDC)

Date/Time: Monday 13th March, 4 – 5pm (UK time);

Registration: Please complete this form to receive joining instructions (this session is delivered online via Adobe Connect)

Title: “Supporting Blended and Online Education Across the Atlantic: Exploring Challenges and Opportunities in Embedding Effective Practice”

Description: Blended and Online Education (BOE) is part of our world. How is it shaping our practices and how might it, as we think about the development of staff and students’ learning? This webinar will present a picture from both sides of the Atlantic while recognizing that the landscape is diverse and varied as each institution has different priorities. Examples from both Canada and Scotland will form the basis of the discussion and will allow participants to compare and contrast the issues, challenges and opportunities of supporting instructors to use technology in the higher education classroom. The Webinar will be hosted by Prof. Keith Smyth and Gavan Watson

Presenter/Host Biographies

Keith Smyth is Professor of Pedagogy at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), Scotland, where he leads the Learning and Teaching Academy and works on strategic learning and teaching developments, funded projects and supporting staff to engage in educational research. Keith has a particular interest in technology-enhanced learning, and in a previous role developed and led a professionally accredited and award-winning MSc Blended and Online Education. Keith also developed the 3E Framework for technology-enhanced learning and teaching, which to date has been implemented by over 40 educational institutions across and beyond the UK. He can be found online at 3eeducation.org and on Twitter @smythrs.

Gavan Watson is currently the Associate Director, eLearning in Western University’s (London, Ontario, Canada) Teaching Support Centre (TSC). He and his team work to support instructors to thoughtfully incorporate learning technologies into their classrooms with the aim of improving student learning. He has been working in educational development for over 5 years, with a disciplinary background in Environmental Education. He has published work on incorporating technology in the classroom, supporting critical reflection in higher ed., institutional support for SoTL & the scope of graduate development programs in Canada. On the service side, he is also the Secretary for Canada’s Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, which aims to be the “pre-eminent national voice, and a world leader, for enhancing teaching and learning in higher education.” He has two Border Terriers and his Twitter handle is @gavatron.

SHED February 2017 Meeting

Our first meeting of the new year will be held on the 17th of February at the University of Edinburgh, Institute for Academic Development. The meeting will take place in Room B.09, 1 Morgan Lane, (off) Holyrood Road Edinburgh EH8 8FP (details of how to find).

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. Reports from External Sector Body Representatives will be made available in advance of the meeting and will be updated as they are received below:

  1. ALT update
  2. HEA update
  3. QAA & Enhancement Themes update
  4. Universities Scotland update
  5. SEDA update

Can you please email SHED Secretary Janis Davidson to confirm your attendance or to send in your apologies by the 15th of February. Please note: Lunch is not provided and we will provide directions to local eateries. As always you are welcome to bring your own packed lunch.

As part of the event we are delighted that our CPD session will be led by Diane Pennington, details of the session included below:

Effectively using Social Media in Learning and Teaching

Have you noticed how students are on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram all the time? As the saying goes, if you can’t beat them, join them! This session will introduce you to how to use social media tools intelligently and responsibly to instruct, communicate with, and engage students in ways that are familiar and meaningful to them. You will hear about specific social media services and how they can be used for teaching and learning and will have a chance to try them out in the session. You will then be encouraged to think about how you might use social media in your own practice as well as encourage and support others to do the same.

The session will be led by,

Diane M. Rasmussen Pennington PhD FHEA
Lecturer in Information Science
Deputy Course Director, MSc/PgDip Information & Library Studies
Department of Computer and Information Sciences
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland

http://personal.cis.strath.ac.uk/diane.pennington/

Slides from Diane’s session are available here

2016 Annual SHED Residential ‘Digitally Enhanced Educational Practice’

UHI, Inverness, 14th – 15th Nov 2016

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The SHED Community is taking a step (further) into the digital world and our 2016 Residential will be held at the beautiful campus in Inverness at the University of the Highlands and Islands, within the new An Lòchran research and enterprise centre which is purpose-built for innovative digital learning. We warmly invite you to join us either virtually or in person to explore how we can enhance education practice through the digital in a supportive and dynamic environment. Confirmed invited speakers include Professor Frank Rennie, Assistant Principal, Lews Castle College UHI, and author of publications including the ‘e-Learning and Social Media Handbook’.

The 2-day event will be structured around 4 central themes:

  • Technology-Enhanced Learning
  • Digitally Supported Academic Development
  • Digital Scholarship
  • Open Education

Spaces for this event are limited and if you would like to attend please complete this registration form.

For those unable to attend in person, it will be possible to participate in some of sessions online. Further information on this will be made available in due course on this page.

Call for session proposals

In addition to sessions led by our invited speakers, we are welcoming proposals for short sessions or workshops from delegates. If you would like to propose a session for the event there is space for you to do so in the registration form. Authors of accepted sessions will be notified by the 24th October. Only proposals submitted before 9am on 24th October 31st October will be considered.

Travel and Accommodation

The event is scheduled to start with lunch at 12:15pm on 14th Nov. and will finish 3.30pm on the 15th Nov and delegates should plan their travel accordingly. Registration for the event costs £93/person. This fee includes includes 1 night B&B and 3 course evening meal. Fees are to be paid directly to the partner hotel and details for booking this will be included in your registration confirmation email.

SHED September Meeting

Our first meeting of the new academic session will be held on the 23rd of September at Glasgow University in the Teaching Room of the Learning and Teaching Centre, 64 Southpark Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8LB. Information about how to get to the University can be found here and a  campus map is available here.

The meeting will start at 10:30am and a draft agenda for the day, along with minutes of the previous meeting, are available.

Can you please email our new SHED Secretary Janis Davidson to confirm your attendance or to send in your apologies by the 21st of September. It would also be helpful if you could let us know of any access or dietary requirements you may have.

Reports from External Sector Body Representatives are available in advance of the meeting:

  1. ALT update
  2. HEA update
  3. QAA & Enhancement Themes update
  4. Universities Scotland update
  5. SEDA update