The HEA Scotland Spotlight series provides a quarterly review of resources and frameworks for common areas of practice, with supporting lunch-time webinars to explore practical examples, key theories and share experiences.
Webinar: 'Supporting others'
Fundamental to UK higher education is that learning and teaching practices enable students to develop as independent learners (UK Quality Code B3). However, as Thomas, Jones and Ottaway note in their report Effective practice in the design of directed independent learning opportunities, it is not always clear what is meant by this term.
The HEA Scotland Spotlight for Spring 2016/17 brings together select HEA and non-HEA resources and research to guide practitioners to relevant material to support them in developing their teaching practice to better understand and work towards supporting students to become independent learners.
The Winter 2016/17 Spotlight: Designing interaction for diverse cohorts, with recorded presentations, can be found on the archived spotlight page.
About HEA Scotland... 'A new way of working for you'
Scotland has a strong and unique higher education sector, with a distinctive approach to quality in learning and teaching developed over a number of years. HEA Scotland works within this context to champion teaching excellence.
Our new programme of work will build capacity to provide responsive, tailored support and recognition, valued by member institutions and staff. Full details can be found in our guide for programmes, workshops and events for teaching excellence 2016-17 and sign up via My Academy to receive updates and announcements throughout the year.
Key HEA Scotland Programmes 2016-17
FUTURE LEADERSHIP IN TEACHING EXCELLENCE (FLiTE)
HEA believes leadership is value driven and not hierarchical in nature. The FLiTE programme utilises a new reflective model, drawn from established research, to support academic staff new to leadership challenges.
EMBEDDING EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY IN THE CURRICULUM STRATEGIC ENHANCEMENT PROJECTS (EEDC SEP)
The final year of a longitudinal change programme, supporting six Scottish universities in developing institutional capacity for the embedding of equality and diversity in the curriculum. A compendium of practice will be published in spring 2017.
DEVELOPING AN EMBEDDING EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY IN THE CURRICULUM (EEDC) STANDARD
HEA Scotland is working with institutions across Scotland in the development of a nationally recognised standard to work towards narrowing participation and attainment gaps, increasing retention and enriching employability. The standard will support participants to recognise their commitment to equality and diversity, evaluate programmes of study and continuously enhance practice.
Communities and Networks in Scotland
Raising the value of Fellowship
There are over 5,000 Fellows of the HEA in Scotland.
We support excellence in individual and collaborative practices to help you in continuing to offer exceptional learning experiences for your students. To do this, we are developing and strengthening supports to improve professional activites and communities of practice across Scotland.
HEA Scotland supporting you
HEA Scotland is committed to the development and support of motivated, informed teaching. We do this by tailoring our support to reflect sector, institutional and discipline priorities and delivering complimentary, targeted activities that compliment in-house professional development.
Scotland utilises the expertise of our global reach to provide contextual support that meets the needs and ambitions of our 19 Scottish subscribing higher education institutions.
Supporting the formation of best practice and pedagogy within discipline contexts, our new pilot model will provide local support and the formation of national networks.
HEA Scotland are committed to raising the profile and support available to our Fellows and practitioners across Scotland.
HEA Scotland seek to work in partnership with subscribing institutions to reflect on how we can best support your strategic priorities and individual staff needs. Our Scotland team arrange collaborative visit days to meet teams from across your institution.