Making effective use of real-time environments - Teaching with synchronous technologies symposium

Friday 15th December 2017

This one day online symposium will explore best practice in using synchronous technologies for learning and teaching (including Videoconferencing and Blackboard Collaborate Ultra) to engage our students and meet their diverse needs within the distributed context of the university.


The symposium will run entirely online on Friday 15th December, and will offer a series of short parallel sessions, and guest speaker sessions, delivered through videoconference, Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, and potentially also other synchronous technologies.



To register for the symposium please return a completed booking form to 



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Introduction to the day

Keith Smyth, Learning and Teaching Academy UHI

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra ***

09:30 10:10  

Good Practice Showcase: Mixing it up in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra: Online   synchronous communication

Tara Morrison, Inverness College UHI

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra ***

10:20 – 11:00  

Good Practice Showcase: Mastering Online Chat: The ‘OK’ Protocol

Michael Smith, Lews Castle College UHI

Videoconference (Dial in code 79660)

11:10 11:50  

Seminar Session: Reviewing Yesterday’s Bright Tomorrows; Two Decades of VC Teaching in UHI

Simon Clarke, Shetland College UHI

Videoconference (Dial in code 79640)

11:50 – 12:30   Break
12:30 13:10  

Keynote: Teaching and learning with synchronous and mobile technologies


Sarah Cornelius, The University of Aberdeen


Blackboard Collaborate Ultra ***

13:20 14:00  

Good Practice Showcase: Teaching in the here, there and then: BA Applied Music programme

Simon Bradley, Lews Castle College UHI

Videoconference (Dial in code 79672)

14:10 – 14:50  

Good Practice Showcase: A marriage made in heaven or hell? Virtual teaching and learning for practitioners in socially engaged art: MA Art and Social Practice

Anne Bevan Orkney College UHI, Lindsay Blair Moray College UHI, Siún Carden Centre and Roxane Permar, Centre for Rural Creativity

Videoconference (Dial in code 79631)

15:00 15:40  

Seminar Session:  Exploring HISA research into the VLE at UHI

William Mohieddeen – Student Association Co-ordinator HISA   Perth, Helen Doyle – Student Association Co-ordinator North of Scotland, Callum Stephen – Vice President Further   Education

Videoconference (Dial in code 79697)

15:40 – 16:00  

Summary of the day and close

Keith Smyth, Learning and Teaching Academy UHI

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Session Outlines

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We will be using the hashtag #UHISyncTeach in the run-up to and during the symposium, feel free to do the same!



We want to make this a positive experience for all participants and hope we have met everyone’s needs in joining this event.  If you have particular access needs please contact us at so we can work together to get you as good an experience as we can.