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

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

2016/17 SHED Meeting Dates


We are pleased to announce the 2016/17 session dates and locals as follow with more information available soon:

  • September 23rd 2016 | Glasgow University
  • February 17th 2017 | Edinburgh University
  • May 11th 2017 | University of Stirling

The SHED Annual Residential is planned for November 2016 and will focus on ‘Blended and Online Learning’  for educational developers. Dates are still to be confirmed and we will be in touch shortly. .

SHED Nominations for Vacant Executive Posts

As you may be aware there are currently three vacancies on the SHED Executive following  the current role holders having come to the end of their tenure.  The roles are Secretary, Communications Coordinator, and CPD Events Coordinator.

We would like to invite you to self-nominate for any of these roles, which last for a two year period of office.   The responsibilities of each role are detailed below as taken from the SHED Terms of Reference.

Roles Available:


The role of the Secretary includes:

  1. Organising agenda, meeting dates and minutes;
  2. Maintaining currency of IMG and Executive membership;
  3. Ensuring voting rights are exercised appropriately.

Communications Co-ordinator:

The role of the Communications Coordinator includes:

  1. Managing the JISCmail list and network membership;
  2. Updating the SHED website; and SHED Twitter feed @SHEDScotland;
  3. Coordinating communications with the SHED Network including IMG members, SHED Network Members and external stakeholders.

CPD Events Coordinator:

The role of the CPD Events Coordinator includes:

  1. Coordinating of CPD event for SHED;
  2. Supporting the Executive with the organisation of the extended SHED CPD events

Specific areas of CPD interest among the SHED Network are to be encouraged, and can be taken forward by Special Interest Groups (SIGs), organised and run by SHED Network Members and/or members of the IMG or Executive.

The full Executive includes the Convenor and the Vice Convenor who have a further one year to serve.

Nomination and Selection Process

All members of SHED are eligible for these roles.  If you would like to nominate yourself for one or more of these roles can you, in the first instance, please email an expression of interest – stating which role(s)you would like to take on – to the Vice Convenor, Jane MacKenzie ( by Monday 20 June 2016 latest.

Where there is only person nominated for a role they will be presented to the IMG and deemed elected to that role.

Where there is more than one person nominated for any role the Vice Convenor will invite each nominated individual to proceed to the next stage and provide a 100 word statement giving their rationale for wishing to take up this SHED Executive role.  These statements will be circulated to the SHED IMG and a voting system introduced using Survey Monkey.  Results of the voting will then be by simple majority and successful nominees invited to formally accept the role.  At the end of the process the SHED community will be informed via email and the WordPress of the results and newly elected Executive members will be briefed by the relevant outgoing SHED Executive member.

The new Executive will be in place for the first meeting of SHED in September 2016.  Dates of the four meetings for the next academic session will be announced shortly.

April 2016 Meeting

Agenda and papers are now available for our April meeting held on the 27th from 10:30am to 3:45pm. The meeting will be held at Strathclyde University, in room GH644, 50 Graham Hills Building,50 George Street, Glasgow,  G1 1QE. A campus map is available here:

Registration: Please ensure that you contact Fiona Smart to indicate if you are attending the event, any access or dietary requirements, or if you wish to submit apologies. Lunch will be provided by Strathclyde for this meeting.

CPD Session ‘Partnership working with students to develop staff development

Our morning CPD Session titled: ‘Partnership working with students to develop staff development’ will be presented by Katy Savage, Fiona Conway, Emma Compton-Daw, and Stuart Boon, of Strathclyde.

Abstract: Over the last few years there has been a wide interest in engaging with students as partners in learning and teaching. There are many benefits to this partnership working and many of us actively encourage staff through our development activities to consider engaging in this way of working. However, have we considered how we might work in partnership with students to develop staff development activities? The presenters will share their experiences of working in partnership with students to develop a staff development CPD workshop “What about me? Supporting staff, supporting students” and through discussion and activities will encourage participants to consider the opportunities that might exist for partnership working in an academic development context.

Discussion and Dialogue with External Reps

Reports from External Sector Body Representatives are now available using the links below:

·         ALT update

·         HEA update – to follow

·         QAA & Enhancement Themes update

·         Universities Scotland – Oral update

·         SEDA update

We will also be joined by colleagues from Open Educational Resources Scotland and we have received an update report available here.

Access and reasonable adjustment

Please note that one of the people attending the meeting 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 meeting.

February 2016 Meeting


The Agenda for our upcoming meeting on the 25th of February 2016 at Edinburgh Napier University, Room D2, Merchiston Campus is now available here. Directions and travel information can be found here.

Our CPD Session will be led by colleague from Robert Gordon University and is titled Internationalization – inside/outside.

 Abstract: Internationalization means different things to different people – and this is evidenced in the diverse definitions seen in regional HE policies. What does internationalization mean to us as individuals or within our professional practice? How do we become ‘internationalized?

The day will start at 10:30am with tea and coffee and will close at 3:30pm. Please also be advised that lunch will not be provided for however you will be directed to catering facilities on site. As always you are welcome to bring your own lunch and space will be provided.

Minutes of the previous meeting and past papers are also available in the meeting archive here. 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