The Learning and Teaching Academy offers a number of professional development events relating to pedagogic practice and research. These are open to colleagues from across the university, and feature a range of internal and external speakers and facilitators.


Current and forthcoming events being offered through the LTA include the LTA Connect webinar series, various workshops and symposia, and the Write-UP (Writing for Publication in University Practice) online course that will commence in the near future.

You can find further information about these various events below. Other events for the current calendar year are being organised at the moment, and details will appear here once confirmed. Please note that colleagues from the academy are also happy contribute to learning and teaching related events being offered within other parts of the university, including subject networks, faculties, and academic partners.

Workshops and symposia

Forthcoming workshops and symposia being offered or coordinated through the Learning and Teaching Academy include:

The Porous University - A critical exploration of openness, space and place in Higher Education

Time and venue: Two day symposium in late April/early May 2017 (dates tbc), Inverness Campus, University of the Highlands and Islands

Contacts: Ronnie Macintyre (Open Educational Practices Scotland, Open University) and Keith Smyth (UHI)

The idea for this symposium arose out of a series of conversations and reflections on the nature of openness within Higher Education. It started with the observation that openness is increasingly seen as a technical question, whose solution lies in employing the low transaction costs associated with digital technologies with open licences to open up academics content to new groups of learners. Where critical voices have engaged this partial reading they have often rightly critiqued the degree to which this is truly open,  for example, drawing on older traditions of open to question the freedoms free content allows for those already distanced from education. However, other questions also arise, what does it mean beyond releasing content? What is the role of open academics in dealing with problems “in the world”,  how should staff and students become learners within community contexts, developing and negotiating curriculum based on those contexts? What would it mean for openness as a way to allow new voices into the academy, to acknowledge knowing and ways of knowing outside the academy, and where can and should our open spaces - both digital and physical - intersect?  If we are to advocate allowing learners experience and organisations to inform the academy how open should academics be to the influence of private capital? These are the kinds of questions we want to explore in this symposium.

Further detail and a call for contributions and participation is forthcoming in December 2016. Attendance at this event is free.

For further information or to express an interest in becoming involved please contact Ronnie Macintyre ( or Keith Smyth (

Write-UP online course

Starting date TBC

Venue: Online

Write-UP (Writing for Publication in University Practice) is an online course designed to support colleagues in writing up their first education related paper for a chosen journal or other peer-reviewed publication. Write-UP is organised around four interactive online workshops, complemented by peer support activities and individual tutor support, that will help participants through every stage of authoring or co-authoring their paper. Participants do not need to have any prior experience of authoring peer-reviewed journal papers, and the only requirement regarding topics for papers is that the focus is on some aspect of educational practice, scholarship or research.

Write-UP is a joint initiative between University of the Highlands and Islands and Federation University, Australia, in conjunction with facilitators from a number of other universities.

Write-UP is expected to open for registration in November 2016.

Past Events

For a list of LTA past events, including any recordings click here.

Current Events

Title Location Start Date
Digital social networks and the Academy Webinar through Blackboard Collaborate Jan 19, 2017 12:00 PM
Seeking Professional Recognition through ALPINE Webinar through Blackboard Collaborate Jan 19, 2017 02:00 PM
Seeking Professional Recognition through ALPINE Webinar through Blackboard Collaborate Jan 31, 2017 10:00 AM
Using panel feedback to increase student satisfaction Webinar through Blackboard Collaborate Feb 09, 2017 12:00 PM
Seeking Professional Recognition through ALPINE Webinar through Blackboard Collaborate Feb 23, 2017 12:00 PM
Seeking Professional Recognition through ALPINE Webinar through Blackboard Collaborate Feb 28, 2017 12:00 PM
Frameworks for enhancing how we use Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) Webinar through Blackboard Collaborate Mar 23, 2017 12:00 PM