Webbinarium, 4 december: Promoting digital skills and innovation in higher education professional development

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Promoting digital skills and innovation in higher education professional development
– experience from University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), Scotland

Wednesday 4 December 2019, 15:00- 16:00 CET

Watch the recorded webinar here.


Professional development for teachers is the key to integrating the use of digital pedagogies,  platforms and tools into higher education and thus opening up greater opportunities for flexibility in terms of course delivery, accessibility and student engagement. In this webinar you will meet representatives from the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) in Scotland, a digitally and geographically distributed university based on a network of colleges, research institutes and learning centres all over the west and north of the country. Within this context, the use of technology and digitally enabled approaches to learning and teaching is central to all courses and programmes and also to the provision of developmental opportunities for teachers.

In this webinar you will learn about UHI’s unique model for higher education, their professional recognition scheme for educational practice, and how through this scheme and other interventions they support teachers’ use of digital technology. This will then lead into an opportunity for you to discuss in small groups how these ideas could be implemented where you are.

Questions to consider

  • How can we support teachers’ professional development in the application of technology in teaching and learning?
  • How can we recognise teaching excellence and promote innovative teaching practices?
  • How can we harness digital approaches, platforms and tools in sharing innovative teaching practice and engaging teachers’ in learning and teaching scholarship?

Participation and privacy

This webinar will feature small group discussions so please make sure you have a web camera and headset activated before you join the meeting. The main part of the webinar will be recorded but not the group discussions. Your name will not be visible in the recording, neither will the chat session.

You will meet

Keith Smyth Professor of Pedagogy and Head of Learning and Teaching Academy, UHI. Keith supports strategic learning and teaching developments and educational scholarship and research. He is interested in co-creative pedagogies and curriculum models, open education, and digital education strategy. Keith developed the open 3E Framework for technology-enhanced learning, and is Vice Chair of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT).
Twitter: @smythkrs Blog: www.3eeducation.org

Alex Walker Professional Development and Recognition Lead, Learning and Teaching Academy, UHI. Alex coordinates the ALPINE (Accredited Learning, Professional development and Innovation in Education) scheme, the University Mentoring Scheme, and oversees professional development events which promote and support good practice in learning and teaching at UHI.
Twitter: @Walker80alex
Blog: Alex contributes to UHI’s LTA blog https://ltauhi.wordpress.com/

Alastair Creelman (moderator) E-learning specialist at Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden. He is involved in several national and international projects and organisations in the field of e-learning, is a member of the ITHU steering group and a member of the Swedish national project Nya vägar. He is also an EDEN fellow (European Distance and E-learning Network).
Twitter: @alacre
Blog: Corridor of uncertainty – reflections on technology and education

This webinar is organised by the Swedish project Nya Vägar för flexibilitet i högre utbildning in cooperation with the Swedish Network for IT in Higher Education (ITHU).

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