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.
Write-UP online course
Starting date TBC
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.